Hundred Dollar Vanilla Cookie Recipe

The quest to make Max things he’ll like that have less sugar and more protein in them continues.  This cookie used to be a sugar cookie.  But then I halved the sugar in the recipe.  I added quite a bit of almond flour (Ca-Ching!) to it which lends this cookie a subtle almond flavor.  Alas, it did not meet with Max’s approval but the rest of us loved this cookie enough for me to offer the recipe up for you to try.  I don’t have a big sweet tooth.  I don’t really love cookies, in general.  But this one, well, it’s pretty much perfect.

Hundred Dollar Vanilla Cookie Recipe

Makes 12 cookies.

Hundred Dollar Vanilla Cookie Recipe


  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 7 oz butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • For the glaze:
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. In a medium sized bowl whisk together the flours, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In another medium bowl beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until fully combined.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well.
  4. Chill the dough while the oven preheats to 350°.
  5. Make balls of dough using a heaping tablespoon and flatten slightly.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes (or until the bottoms are golden, the tops will remain very pale).
  7. Put 2 cups of confectioner’s sugar into a small bowl and add 2 tablespoons of milk, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and stir vigorously until the sugar is completely dissolved, . If it gets too thin, add a little more sugar, if it’s too thick add small amount of milk to thin it.
  8. When the cookies have cooled, drizzle the glaze over them generously.


This recipe started off as a sugar cookie that I adapted from America's Test Kitchen (Family Baking Book) but it now bears no resemblance to it at all. You can easily double the recipe, I don't like having lots of cookies sitting around so I made it a one cookie sheet recipe. I called these "hundred dollar vanilla cookies" because almond flour costs almost as much as gold teeth.

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4 thoughts on “Hundred Dollar Vanilla Cookie Recipe

  1. Jasper

    These cookies look delightful on a cold winter night. I would love to snuggle up with a cup of hot chocolate and chow on these. You should post this on the USPS Facebook page to share with everyone else!

  2. NM

    I have an almond cookie recipe that I love, too; it gets little dollops of quince or raspberry jam on top. I grind the almonds in a hand grinder or the food processor, though. Still expensive, but not nearly as much so.

  3. angelina Post author

    Maybe I’ll get to grinding my own things eventually but I’m not sure my food processor or my spice grinder are up to the challenge to make things fine enough to be used this way. I love almond cookies of all kinds – I wish Max liked the taste of them!

  4. NM

    : < …. yeah … the quest continues.
    Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book had a recipe for peanutty corn muffins, which they claimed kids love. I could never quite bring myself to try them; they do not sound good to me.
    I agree. Almond cookies are the best!
    How is he on eggs? I'm presently writing a column about breakfasts other than cold cereal, so I'm thinking about one of my personal favorite breakfasts (and occasionally other meals); a hard-boiled egg with toast. Mmmmm.
    All this thinking about food; It must be time to go home and cook supper!

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