Almond Slice Cookies

At this time of the year there are so many beautifully decorated holiday cookies - from traditional gingerbread men to festively iced sugar cookies to snowflake linzer cookies. It's easy to forget about the humble slice-and-bake cookie but during the busy holiday season, these can be a lifesaver. These almond slices are packed with almonds (of course) and have just enough spice to evoke the tastes and smells of the season. You can keep an unbaked batch waiting in the refrigerator and slice off what you need. In 10 minutes you'll have fresh hot cookies for your guests (or a treat for yourself).

Almond Slice Cookies

What's in a name?

This recipe comes from my mom's repertoire and was originally called Gwen's Almond Slices. I never thought to ask her if Gwen was a friend or just happened to be in the recipe's name. Now that she's gone, I will never know. A search on the internet revealed only one reference behind a pay wall at Good Housekeeping magazine. Regardless of the source, this is a great cookie to eat on its own, with a scoop of ice cream, or with your afternoon tea.

Perfect for a bake sale, group gifts, or for last-minute guests

This recipe makes almost 7 dozen cookies which is perfect for a bake sale. These almond slices aren't tiny and your supporters won't be disappointed with their purchase.

Cookies packaged for a bake sale

If, like me, you are putting together a number of gifts for co-workers or friends, you can package several cookies along with some hot cocoa packets and a festive holiday mug.

Cookies and cocoa gift

And, as I mentioned earlier, you could keep a batch on hand for unexpected guests. Unbaked cookies will last in the refrigerator for up to a week. You could also freeze the unbaked, unsliced logs and when you are ready to use them, defrost them overnight in the refrigerator. If stored properly, they will keep in the freezer for up to three months.

For the best of both worlds - bake half a batch to enjoy now and freeze half a batch to enjoy later.

Holiday and other modifications

As shared by my mom, the original recipe only uses ground ginger - and they are delicious as is. However, during the holidays I like to bump up the spices by adding cinnamon and cloves.

You may also adjust the crunch and chew of the cookies by how thick you slice them. The original recipe calls for ¼" slices but you could slice the cookies thinner if you desire. If you do, you will need to adjust the bake time to avoid burning them.

Almond Slice Cookies - close up

Bake A Difference

And don't forget, during this holiday season, share the cookie love. Post your cookie pictures on social media and tag @OXO and @Cookies4kids and use #OXOGoodCookies. For every cookie post, the good folks at OXO will donate $1 - up to $100,000 - to Cookies for Kids' Cancer.

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Happy Holidays!