30 Almond Desserts to Try

Popular Almond Desserts From World Cuisines

Italian Almond Cream

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The almond is a widely cultivated nut, which is one reason why so many different countries and cultures favor almond desserts. Whether ground up for a flour substitute, made into paste, used chopped, slivered, raw, blanched, or toasted, almonds lend their signature nutty flavor to some of the world's most beloved cakes, cookies, pastries, and puddings. We've explored cuisines around the globe to bring you this essential collection of desserts that use almonds, including many that are gluten-free.

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    Classic French Almond Tart

    Classic French Almond Tart

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    Classic tart pastry encloses a soft and creamy, nutty-tasting, caramelized almond filling in this lovely French almond tart recipe that is elegant enough to serve at your most important dinner parties, topped with dollops of fresh whipped cream.

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    Greek Almond and Walnut Pastry in Syrup (Kataifi)

    Greek Almond and Walnut Pastry in Syrup (Kataifi)

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    Greek almond and walnut pastry is a signature Greek dessert, instantly recognizable for its unique, thread-like pastry dough (called kataifi in Greece). The dough encloses a sweet filling of almonds, walnuts, honey, sugar, and spices, and the whole thing is slathered in a sticky, lemon-infused dessert sauce for serving.

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    Traditional Italian Biscotti

    Traditional Italian Biscotti

    Elaine Lemm

    Biscotti are delicious, crunchy, twice-baked Italian cookies with chopped raw almonds, traditionally enjoyed alongside a cup of coffee. Bake a big batch of these rustic treats in well under an hour, with this essential recipe. They will store well for several weeks in an airtight container.

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    Scandinavian Almond Streusal Cake

    Scandinavian Almond Streusal Cake

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    This popular Scandinavian cake makes a wonderful treat to serve family and friends at brunches, dinners, and holiday gatherings. You won't believe how easy it is to make the scrumptious, rich and nutty-tasting cake in about an hour, with common pantry ingredients.

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    Chinese Strawberry Almond Tofu Dessert

    Chinese Strawberry Almond Tofu Dessert

    Liv Wan

    Chinese almond tofu is a popular dessert from the Far East that makes a sweet, healthy, and creamy summer treat, especially when layered parfait-style with chopped fresh strawberries, and an easy homemade strawberry sauce.

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    Saint's Bones (Huesos de Santo)

    Saint's Bones (Huesos de Santo)

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    Saint's bones are delicious, sweet confections traditionally eaten in Spain during All Saints' Day celebrations in November. An easy, homemade almond marzipan paste is formed into little tubes, which are filled with a sticky, sweet filling made from egg yolks and sugar.

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    Traditional Bakewell Tart

    Traditional Bakewell Tart

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    Enjoy a classic British tea-time dessert with this recipe for single-crust Bakewell tart. A homemade pastry shell is filled with raspberry jam, then topped with a soft, custardy, almond and egg filling. Flaked almonds are sprinkled over top before baking, for a lovely, toasted presentation.

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    Almond-Flavored Ricotta Cookies With Sugar Icing

    Almond-Flavored Ricotta Cookies With Sugar Icing

    Jennifer Meier

    These pretty pink iced almond ricotta cookies are ideal for serving at Mother's Day brunches, bridal showers, and "it's a girl" baby showers. They have a lovely, soft, pillowy, cake-like texture, and great nutty almond flavor in both the dough and the frosting.

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    French Opera Cake

    French Opera Cake

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    Stunning French opera cake is a lusciously sweet, show-stopping, multi-layered cake that is well worth the effort to put together. Tiers of light almond sponge cake, intensely rich coffee buttercream, and decadent dark chocolate ganache make it a dessert experience to remember.

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    Almond Truffles

    Almond Truffles

    Elizabeth LaBau

    Easy, elegant almond truffles feature a double dose of almond flavor, and a mouth-pleasing combination of silky and crunchy textures. The ganache is flavored with almond paste, and the finished truffles are rolled in a coating of crushed, toasted almonds.

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    Lebanese Almond Semolina Cake (Sfouf)

    Lebanese Almond Semolina Cake (Sfouf)

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    Traditional Lebanese slivered almond cake uses semolina flour (also called durum wheat flour), which is typically used in making pasta. The result is a sweet, nutty-tasting cake that is crunchy on the bottom, but stays soft and moist within.

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    Italian Almond Cream (Frangipane)

    Italian Almond Cream (Frangipane)

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    Frangipane is a luscious, velvety almond cream, enhanced with just a touch of vanilla flavoring, that is used as a popular filling for tarts, cakes, and pastries in Italy. You only need a handful of ingredients, and five minutes, to make it in your food processor, or stand mixer.

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    Perfect, Easy Macarons

    Perfect, Easy Macarons

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    It's easier than you might think to make perfect, almond-scented macaron cookies with this step-by-step recipe. By adding different colors and flavorings as directed, you can create a gorgeous, bakery-style party dessert or tea time treat to delight adults and children alike.

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    Dutch Almond Paste-Filled Pastry Log (Banketstaaf)

    Dutch Almond Paste-Filled Pastry Log (Banketstaaf)

    Karin Engelbrecht

    Enjoy a classic Dutch Christmas treat at holiday gatherings, or anytime you want a treat, with this quick and easy recipe that begins with store-bought puff pastry. The dough is rolled around a sweet filling of apricot preserves and almond paste, and baked until golden.

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    Classic Plum and Almond Tart

    Classic Plum and Almond Tart

    Elaine Lemm

    Turn ripe plums into a show-stopping dessert with this recipe for a gorgeous, plum and almond tart. A light crisp shortcrust pastry is filled with luscious, vanilla-scented almond cream. Thick slices of fresh plums are layered on top in circular fashion for a dinner party-worthy dessert.

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    Moroccan Baklava With Almonds and Orange Flower Water

    Moroccan Baklava With Almonds and Orange Flower Water

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    Moroccan-style baklava is a sticky, gooey, buttery pastry treat you can make at home using store-bought phyllo dough. The pastry sheets are layered and baked with a sweetened, toasted, cinnamon-flecked almond filling. Top with the included syrup, made with sugar and orange flower water (available at fine food stores or online).

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    Czech Chocolate Almond Bear Paw Cookies

    Czech Chocolate Almond Bear Paw Cookies

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    Make these rich and crunchy European chocolate-almond bear paw cookies for your next bake sale event! The chocolatey cookies are baked in madeleine pans to give them their distinctive paw-like shape.

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    Cranberry, Almond, and Orange Christmas Pudding

    Cranberry, Almond, and Orange Christmas Pudding

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    When it's the season to be merry, serve up a fabulously nutty, fruity Christmas pudding with this nicely spiced holiday dessert recipe. Two types of liqueur add a fabulous boozy flavor to this moist, dense, traditional steamed pudding.

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    Chinese Almond Float Dessert

    Chinese Almond Float Dessert

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    Chinese almond float is a fruity, refreshing summer dessert, and makes a healthy, kid-friendly treat on hot days. Sweet, cute little squares of almond-flavored gelatin are topped simply with fruit cocktail, or any other canned fruit in syrup.

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    Easy Almond Bundt Cake With Almond-Flavored Icing

    Easy Almond Bundt Cake With Almond-Flavored Icing

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    Almond filling adds a lovely nutty flavor to a classic, moist, buttery bundt cake that is drizzled with an irresistible almond glaze. It's a yummy, pretty cake that makes a perfect afternoon treat for your book club or crafting club.

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    Polish Almond Strudel

    Polish Almond Strudel

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    You've tried apple strudel — now try almond strudel! The classic European dessert of sweetened, vanilla-flavored pastry, with a sticky almond filling inside, is drizzled with a delicious almond icing, for a luscious treat your family can enjoy at brunch or dinner.

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    Homemade Almond Joy Candy Bars

    Homemade Almond Joy Candy Bars

    Elizabeth LaBau

    Do you love Almond Joy candy bars? Enjoy them any time you like with this genius recipe that lets you recreate the popular candy treat in your kitchen. It includes all of the ingredients you crave, from sweet coconut and toasted almonds to the rich chocolate candy coating.

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    Polish Almond Cookies (Amaretti)

    Polish Almond Cookies (Amaretti)

    Barbara Rolek

    Polish almond cookies (or amaretti) are crunchy, delicious gluten-free treats that are lovely for dipping into a cup of tea. They are made with a simple, cinnamon-spiced dough that uses ground almonds instead of flour. Homemade meringue is folded into the batter prior to baking, to give the cookies their signature light texture. 

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    Spanish Almond Cake

    Spanish Almond Cake

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    Almonds grow abundantly in Mallorca, Spain, where this splendid cake recipe originated. Ground almonds take the place of flour to create the moist, dense, gluten-free dessert cake, which you can bake up in less than an hour, to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee.

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    Almond Mandel Bread Cookies

    Almond Mandel Bread Cookies

    Anita Schecter

    Jewish mandel bread cookies ("mandel" means almond in Yiddish) are traditionally enjoyed at the Passover holiday, but you can enjoy these biscotti-like treats anytime. Tweak the recipe as you like, by adding miniature chocolate chips, nuts, chopped dried fruits, citrus zest, or coconut flakes.

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    Homemade Almond Buttercrunch

    Homemade Almond Buttercrunch

    Elizabeth LaBau

    Why buy your almond buttercrunch at the store, when you can bake up homemade candy that is even better? It's easier than you think, with this recipe for rich, buttery toffee studded with toasted almonds, dipped in decadent chocolate, and rolled in more chopped nuts for a crunchy outer coating.

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    Spanish Almond Cookies (Almendrados)

    Spanish Almond Cookies (Almendrados)

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    Ground almonds give these flourless, gluten-free Spanish almond cookies a wonderfully nutty flavor. Place a whole, raw almond in the center of each one before baking, if you like, for a cute presentation on cookie platters.

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    Dairy-Free Almond Milk Pudding With Fruit Sauce

    Dairy-Free Almond Milk Pudding With Fruit Sauce

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    Those on dairy-free diets can enjoy a creamy, rich-tasting almond milk pudding, with this recipe inspired by the blancmange dessert served in fancy restaurants. Thickened almond milk is used to create the velvety, chilled pudding base, which gets a boost of fresh flavor from a super-simple homemade fruit sauce.

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    3-Ingredient Homemade Marzipan

    3-Ingredient Homemade Marzipan

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    Marzipan is a delicious Italian confection made with almond paste that can be eaten on its own, or tinted with food coloring and used to decorate cakes, as a more tasty alternative to fondant. Feel free to add a little almond extract, if you like, to boost the nutty flavor.

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    Polish Almond Crescent Cookies (Rogaliki)

    Polish Almond Crescent Cookies (Rogaliki)

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    Polish almond cookies have a crispy texture and fantastically nutty flavor, from ground almonds in the dough. Roll the baked cookies in powdered sugar for a classic presentation. Makes a great lunchbox treat for the kids.