Crisp Almond Horns (Gluten Free)

Saturday 27 January 2018

I love almonds.   I also love macamia, cashews and pistachios, oh and pecans and walnuts. Ohh, and honey roasted peanuts! Well . . .  I guess I just love all nuts, but almonds are at the top of the list!

I saw a recipe for Almond Horns on Pinterest and had to check it out.  They looked fabulously tasty and chock full of almonds.  The recipe was on Kitchen Bowl.

They looked incredibly tasty and easy to make.  Based on a German Cookie called Mandelhörnchen, Almond Horns are filled with almonds and naturally gluten free.

The dough for the cookies is composed of almond paste/marzipan, ground almonds (almond meal), almond essence, sugar and egg white.

Beaten together these make a somewhat sticky dough, that you roll into logs and then into even more almonds.  Shaped into crescents, they are then baked until golden brown.

The end result is a moreish cookie, golden and crisp on the edges and yet deliciously chewy centred!

The dough was very sticky and difficult to shape.  Upon researching I discovered several other recipes which required refrigerating it prior to shaping, so I highly recommend doing that.

Mine still turned out to be beautiful biscuits, if somewhat flatter than some of the ones I have seen.  I also saw some which were dipped into chocolate.  

I think I prefer them this way, but if you want to dip the ends of your horns into melted chocolate feel free!  I can promise you that they are incredibly moreish either way!

*Almond Horns*
Makes 16

Crisp on the outside and chewy middled, chock full of almond flavor cookies that are easy to make and gluten free.  These are gorgeous. 

1/2 pound Almond paste (8 ounces)
45g finely ground almonds (1/2 cup almond meal)
95g sugar (1/2 cup)
1 egg white
1 1/2 tsp almond extract
255g flaked almonds (1 1/2 cups)
Icing sugar to dust

Preheat the oven to 190*C/375*F/ gas mark 5.  Line a large baking tray with baking parchment.  Set aside. 

Crumble the almond paste into a bowl.  Add the sugar, egg white, ground almonds and almond extract.  Using a hand mixture beat until well combined. The mixture will be fairly sticky.  

Spread the flaked almonds in a shallow dish or plate.  Drop 1 1/2 TBS of the dough into the dish of flaked almonds and shape into a rough log rolling the mixture in the nuts. 

Place onto the baking sheet.  Repeat until the almond dough is all used up, leaving a fair space for spreading in between the shapes.  Try to give them a curved shape.  

Bake in the preheated oven for 13 to 15 minutes until light golden brown.  Allow to cool on the baking sheet for about 25 minutes.  Dust with the Icing sugar.

So there you have it . . .  crispy edged, chewy middled, chock full of nuts and not at all uncomfortable with a hot drink!  Bon weekend! 


  1. They look yummy! Certainly going to give those ago,


    1. Thanks Julie! The dough was a bit sticky, but the cookies are worth the angst! xo

  2. There you go making me hungry again Marie! Lol.

    I have never made anything with almond paste before. I think I have tasted it once in a cookie along time ago. Does it have a nutty taste but is light in texture?
    I remember now, it was after a funeral and the caterer wouldn't tell me the ingredients bc he was afraid I would figure out his recipe. He said he wouldn't even give it to his mother. I should of asked his brother bc he would of copied it for me. Lol. Now I think of it!

    I love all kinds of nuts too and seeds! I just wish they weren't so expensive! xo

    1. I know Nuts are crazy expensive Jan! Good thing that you don't need to eat a lot to satisfy! These cookies are very good. Sweet though, but then I don't eat a lot of sugar and they are loaded between the almond paste, sugar and then dusting of sugar after! Nice however. oxox

  3. its 6 am, I'm hungry and these look like breakfast to me lol,,,

    1. LOL Laurie! You make me smile! Happy Saturday! xo

  4. Thy seem so good Marie! And pretty!

    1. Thanks very much Monique! You made my day! xo

  5. These look tasty -- and so pretty! What's not to love about almonds?

    1. Thanks very much Jeanie. I know! Almonds are delicious! So pretty too! xo


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