The almond is a widely cultivated nut, which is one reason why so many different countries and cultures favor almond desserts. We’ve explored cuisines around the globe to bring you this essential collection of desserts that use almonds, including many that are gluten-free. You can try one of the super recipes below!
Classic French Almond Tart
Classic tart pastry encloses a soft and creamy, nutty-tasting, caramelized almond filling in this lovely classic French almond tart recipe that is elegant enough to serve at your most important dinner parties, topped with dollops of fresh whipped cream.
Scandinavian Almond Streusel Cake
This popular Scandinavian almond streusel 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.
Sliced almonds top this delicious Italian ice cream dessert. Semifreddo is a molded frozen cake that doesn’t require a special appliance, just a mixer, some bowls, and a loaf pan. It’s a memorable dessert for dinner parties.
Traditional Bakewell Tart
Enjoy a classic British tea-time dessert with this recipe for single-crust traditional 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.
Almond-Flavored Ricotta Cookies With Sugar Icing
These pretty pink iced almond-flavored ricotta cookies with sugar icing 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.
French Opera Cake
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.
Italian Almond Cream (Frangipane)
Italian almond cream (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.
That’s all the best recommendation almond desserts from us. Whether ground up for a flour substitute, made into a 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.