5 Ingredients or Fewer

Dorie Greenspan's 3-Ingredient Almond Crackle Cookies

June 20, 2021
20 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

When you call Dorie Greenspan to say you’re coming over, this is what she bakes. “It takes longer to preheat the oven than to put these cookies together,” she wrote to me. “I love them for a million reasons, but chiefly because they're a simple pleasure that can be shared on the spur of the moment.” She includes a perfectly round variation in her book using muffin tins (and plenty of baker's spray to help them break free), but we preferred the ease and charm of the freeform version. Adapted slightly from Dorie's Cookies (Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016). —Genius Recipes

  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • Makes 20 cookies
Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons (75 grams) sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cups (125 grams) sliced almonds (blanched or unblanched)
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Position the racks to divide the oven into thirds and preheat it to 325° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Have a small cookie scoop or a teaspoon at hand.
  2. Whisk the sugar and egg together in a bowl for a minute or so, until well blended and just a bit thick. Add the almonds and whisk until evenly coated with the mixture. You need to use the batter right away — it separates as it stands. In fact, it’s good to give the batter a stir or two as you’re spooning it out.
  3. Each cookie needs 2 teaspoons of batter. Scoop the batter onto the baking sheets, leaving at least 2 inches of space between the mounds of batter, and flatten each mound with the back of a fork.
  4. Bake for about 20 minutes, rotating the pans midway through baking. The cookies should be toasted-almond beige, and dry and crackled on top. Transfer the baking sheets to racks and let the cookies cool for about 10 minutes. Carefully lift the free-form cookies with a wide spatula.
  5. Note: If your kitchen is cool and dry, you can keep these in a tin or paper bag overnight. Keep them longer, and they might soften, a condition easily reversed: Place the cookies on a lined baking sheet and warm them in a 350° F oven for about 6 minutes; cool on the sheet.

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96 Reviews

ctgal March 3, 2021
I just made these to use up some of my large supply of sliced almonds. I love the consistency and how they disappear in your mouth, but I thought they were too sweet. I wonder if a drop of a spice might cut the sweetness. Any suggestions?
 
Donna B. February 11, 2021
I always used pumpkin seeds, a bit of salt and only frothy egg whites. So easy, so good!
 
Frankye May 7, 2020
These are AWESOME and ADDICTING! Double the recipe if you want them to last longer than a day. Have given them as gifts during Stay-Home period. Do you have advice for using egg replacement?
 
Zahra K. April 28, 2020
Really simple but really good! One batch didn’t even last 15 minutes in my house.
 
Autumn N. November 27, 2019
I made these for the first time as something our Thanksgiving company could snack on. After my first bite, I immediately started on another batch. So good!

For the second batch, I added cinnamon and a tiny pinch of cayenne, and they tasted like spiced nuts!
 
Ingrid A. November 26, 2019
I use sliced almonds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds and a few small chocolate chips. After Baking and cooling I put them in a freezer bag and freeze them. Whenever I need a treat I get one and eat them frozen. They are always crisp and wonderful.
 
Tracy September 25, 2019
Trying these with xylitol....fingers crossed.
 
Rosalind P. July 13, 2019
These cookies are gorgeous and elegant and irresistible. I do have a similar cookie that's the same ingredients but a little less delicate to handle and make, equally irresistible and must be made in double batches because the go so fast. xdf 2 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup sugar
3 cups ground nuts (walnuts, almonds, etc. - can combine dif. types)
coconut (optional) 1 cup = 73 g.

This recipe can be mixed in a bowl by hand and can be frozen.

Beat eggs eggs, salt, vanilla. Add sugar, nuts, coconut. The mixture will be thick. Drop onto a greased pan by spoonfuls. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until golden. Let harden before removing from pan.

 
TXExpatInBKK February 19, 2020
I made these with sliced almonds instead of ground, but otherwise exactly as you said. Yum!!! Thanks for sharing!
 
Judi F. April 4, 2020
I loved these!! I made them with a variety of nuts and did use the coconut. Almost more like candy than cookies. So yum. I did flatten them a little with a moistened palm before baking. Other than that, I made them exactly as directed.
 
Marsha L. January 2, 2019
These are fabulous and so easy, and they look pretty on a cookie plate, on their own or with others, showing off their irregular organic shapes. I didn't let mine get quite as dark as those shown in the photograph, but they were still crunchy. Great recipe for gluten free and grain free people. I served mine last night with another easy and quick recipe found on Food52 website: Lime Posset with Graham Cracker Streusel.
 
Elessar December 22, 2018
This is a fantastic recipe! I made these 3 times this week for various holiday parties and they are always a smash hit- the first thing to go! I have used slivered almonds and even very finely chopped almonds and it is always a success. I would recommend doubling the recipe and, for a party, making smaller cookies of just 1 teaspoon. I also add a pinch of salt (about 2 grams if doubling the recipe) to make these even better.
 
Mmabatho July 2, 2019
Elsessar, I thought this was excessive when I first read your comment. But....I currently have a double batch cooling on my counter top! This my 3rd batch in 2 weeks. These would make a wonderful gift. I'll try your salt idea next time. For those thinking about using muffin tins, I find the cookies to be too soft for my liking, you also loose some crispy bits when you take them out the tin.
 
Barbara December 12, 2018
Does the recipe call for the entire egg, or do you just use the egg white? Thanks—I’m hoping to make this tonight as it sounds easy and I have the ingredients on hand.
 
Freddurf December 12, 2018
It calls for the whole egg, but I mistakenly used only the egg white and loved the results.
 
malw December 12, 2018
Use the whole egg.
 
Nadine April 26, 2019
I liked the cookies better with the egg white rather than the entire egg!
 
Mmabatho July 2, 2019
I've tried both. Both great. The whole egg colours better, and tastes richer.
 
Ms. M. October 18, 2018
I am planning to make these cookies, for the first time, to bring to someone's house for brunch. I already have slivered almonds on hand. Will they work as well as sliced almonds?
 
Gwen October 18, 2018
Hard to say because the cookies are very thin after baking, and slivered almonds are not as thin as the sliced. You could do a trial if you don't care about using ingredients up.
 
ELCookie October 18, 2018
I would not use slivered almonds. The cookies are thin and bake quickly; basically almonds surrounded by egg white. Look at the picture above and you can see how they are integrated. I do not think the slivered almonds work the same way.
 
Christina January 21, 2019
I have used slivered almonds and it worked pretty well I thought...
 
Allison C. August 6, 2018
These are great! So easy to make, crispy and yummy! Just make sure you have silicone baking sheets or they will be hard to pick up with a spatula.
 
Genevieve June 27, 2018
Super easy and tasty! I should have thought about adding sea salt and lemon zest. Made them with only 2/3 of the sugar (4 tbs) and it was sweet enough for me, but maybe you’ll get more batter with the full 6 tbs. It was ready in 15 minutes in my oven (mine runs hot). I also spread the batter on the sheet because I was afraid they wouldn’t come out flat. Would love to try the cornflake idea - did you leave the cornflakes whole, or crushed?

Alternative preparation: Has anyone tried adding the egg/sugar batter to the pan in circles first, and then adding almonds on top? I’m wondering if that will result in a more uniform look!

A must-try for anyone who likes easy crispy treats!
 
ELCookie March 17, 2018
Made these as written and then made a version with chocolate covered almonds (I hand sliced). Both delicious. Definitely making them for Passover. Thinking of making a version half dipped in chocolate. Wondering if anyone has frozen them?
 
malw March 7, 2018
It won’t be the same but you can try. I’d try the original recipe first.
 
pegtech March 7, 2018
this recipe sounds wonderful! can I use sesame seeds instead of almonds??
 
Dot W. March 7, 2018
Made these over the weekend and they were delicious. My husband is a big fan of these and says they are a good "dipping" biscuit (as in dipping into his cup of milk coffee)!
 
Donna L. February 12, 2018
I did not like them. They were not crispy. They were soggy after they cooled down from the oven. I's probably try them again with the new hints and advice but for me, these 3 ingredient cookies weren't worth it. Just no substance. Not even as good as, say nut brittle.
 
Joyce G. December 20, 2017
How much sea salt?
 
Debbie December 28, 2017
I’ve seen posts that say 1/4 tsp. I just did a couple twists of the sea salt grinder and it was fabulous.