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7 Almond-Flavored Desserts for the Holidays and Beyond

From our friends at McCormick®:This holiday season incorporate an unexpected and unbeatable flavor – McCormick®’s Pure Almond Extract. This high quality extract will complement and intensify the ingredients of your recipes – whether they are rich or light, chewy or crispy, you’ll be sure to spread holiday cheer with this superior smooth, nutty flavor in your baking.


Cocoa Almond Marshmallows

Homemade marshmallows are pillowy soft and tender. They are so versatile – you can flavor them with different extracts, tint with assorted colors and cut into desired shapes. This version with cocoa powder and almond extract would be delicious in a cup of hot cocoa.

Susan Whetzel from Doughmesstic, courtesy of McCormick

Almond Gingerbread Cookies

Spread holiday cheer with a batch of these classic gingerbread cookies with a crunch of toasted almonds.


Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Twice-baked chocolate cookies are flavored with almond extract and studded with chopped almonds. Enjoy the biscotti like it’s done in Italy – dunked into hot coffee.


Raspberry Almond Crumb Bars

Raspberry preserves sandwiched between a buttery crust and an almond crumb topping make for a simple, tasty treat.


Almond White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Almonds and white chocolate make a delicious combination in cookies. Bake a batch for a cookie exchange, a holiday cookie platter, tea-time or anytime of the year.


Amaretto Praline Bars

The Toasted Almond cocktail is the inspiration for these bar cookies. A rich buttery crust is layered with melted chocolate and a caramelized praline and almond topping.


Almond Shortbread Cookies

These simple, but heavenly, almond butter cookies are traditional Puerto Rican Christmas cookies – they are as common and popular as chocolate chip cookies are in the States. They make wonderful Christmas gifts that everyone will enjoy!

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