Almond Stocking Cookies

Heather, Sprinkle Bakes

You don’t have to be a pro decorator when it comes to these cookies! You’ll need just two ingredients: light corn syrup (cake decorators may use piping gel) and plenty of nonpareils. Just brush the syrup onto the cookies and dip them into sprinkles – that’s it! You can choose any color of sprinkles you wish. Rainbow nonpareils are fun and unexpected, or go for traditional holiday hues in red and green. This buttery almond dough recipe uses almond flour, which can be found in the specialty flours or health foods section at most grocery stores.
1 hr 40 min Prep Time
20 min Cook Time
  • Prep Time: 1 hr 40 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Servings: 3 dozen cookies

Servings: 3 dozen cookies


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup fine almond flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • Corn syrup or piping gel
  • 1/2 cup rainbow nonpareils
  • 1/2 cup white nonpareils


Step 1

In bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix butter and sugar until just incorporated. Add egg and almond extract. Mix again on low until combined.

Step 2

In medium bowl, whisk together flour, almond flour and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture. Mix on low until dough forms. Roll dough flat between two sheets of parchment paper to about 1/4-inch thickness and chill until ready for use, at least 30 minutes.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 4

Cut dough into stocking shapes using 3-inch cookie cutter, place each shape on prepared pan.

Step 5

Bake 7-10 minutes, or until cookies are lightly golden around edges. Transfer cookies to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

Step 6

Using a small artists’ brush, paint corn syrup or piping gel on sock portion of stocking (avoid the cuff). Dip cookie in rainbow nonpareils. Let dry 10 minutes. Repeat with remaining cookies.

Step 7

Use same brush to paint corn syrup onto cuff portion of stocking. Dip in white nonpareils; let dry 10 minutes. Brush over white nonpareils on cuff portion again with more corn syrup and dip a second time. Let stand until completely dry, about 1 hour.