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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Raspberry Almond Crumb Bars

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

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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.

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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.

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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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Originally Published in Reader's Digest