Vanilla Swiss Almond Cookie

My mom turned 74 this year and that called for a special cookie. Along with @teachameleon, we came up with a cookie that honored my mother’s addition to Vanilla Swiss Almond ice cream by Haagen-Dazs. This cookie is an instant favorite in my family’s household, so I wanted to share it.


Conceptually, this cookie is a chocolate chip cookie base where we substituted a combination of roughly chopped chocolate covered almonds and 64% cocoa discs from Imperfect Foods.

For the Cookie

Cream together

3/4 cup (1.5 sticks or 170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
3/4 cup (150g) packed light or dark brown sugar
1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Mix in

2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder

Mix in or Fold in by hand

1/2 cup chocolate covered almonds, roughly chopped
1/2 cup chocolate chunks

Scoop the cookies onto an parchment lined rimmed baking sheet or however else you like to bake cookies.

Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes in a 350 deg F/180 deg C preheated oven. Let them cool a bit on the baking sheet (about 5 minutes) and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Once the cookies are cooled completely – Make the white chocolate dip

For the Dip

Melt about 1/2 a package of of white chocolate chips using either a double boiler or microwave. Tempering the chocolate is not required. Add the seeds from 1 vanilla bean and stir the melted chocolate until the vanilla seeds are evenly distributed.

You can dip the cookies in the chocolate or you can do a drizzle, if you prefer. We left half of the cookies plain and the other half dipped so there was variety in batch.

5 Reasons for My Absence

This blog has gone silent for a while now, but I’m back on it! Here’s what happened while I was away:

Family Moved

Along with many others across the U.S., my family had some relocation happen in 2021. My mom sold her house on the other side of the country and moved closer to her grandkids. It’s GREAT to have her so much closer and we have all been involved in getting her moved and settled into her new home.

New Relationship

In an incredible stroke of luck, I actually managed to connect with another really amazing human being. Details to follow, but just know that I’m super happy and we’re settling in together.

Job Related

Work continues to be a challenge as staff leave for other opportunities, technologies evolve for doing out work, processes change, policies adapt to circumstances, and patrons need more help navigating this tumultuous period. It’s rewarding for sure, but also exhausting.

In-State Travel

Taking time for disconnecting and enjoying the many lovely parts of my home state has eased some of the stress from all this change. I’ve traveled around the state, enjoying the company of my new human. I’ve been a bit of a tour guide and it’s been a lot of fun.