Thiccmas Cookies! (Almond Citrus Shortbread Cookies) // Thick N Fit Kitchen

Hi Queens! So I’m OBSESSED with cookies. But traditional/store-bought sugar cookies can be a lil too much for me sometimes. So I called in the help of my amazing pastry chef friend, Vanessa (@pinchofbrownsugar) to figure out a light and fun cookie variation for the holidays! And the best part is that it’s only 7 ingredients— not including the icing (YAAASS)!


I actually think I prefer to use shortbread cookies over sugar cookies when it comes to cookie decorating because the sugar cookie with the extra sugar from the icing just tastes like it’s doing to much, you know?

I think the lower sweetness of the shortbread in combination with the icing gave it the perfect amount of sweetness. I also LOVED this new take on shortbread cookies because the almond gives it a fun crunch, and the orange/citrus flavor was something I’ve never experienced in a cookie before, but it was such a pleasing flavor addition.


And you know because it’s Thick N Fit Kitchen we had to make these cookies thicc AFFFF!



So I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! And if you want more fun dessert recipes by Vanessa, check out her website She also runs a nation-wide cookie delivery service. So if baking is too much for y’all, you can always get them delivered!


Measuring cups/Teaspoon/Tablespoon

Mixing bowl

Mixing spoon

Ample counter space/cutting board

Rolling pin

Cookie cutters

Cookie sheet


1 stick butter 

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tbl vanilla or almond extract

2 1/4 c flour 

1 cup chopped almonds

3 tbl orange zest 

Icing/frosting/sprinkles (optional)


  1. Mix butter and sugar until creamy. 

  2. Add salt and vanilla.

  3. Add flour. Mix until a dough forms. (Can add small amounts of water if too dry).

  4. Add almonds and zest.

  5. Chill for one hour. 

  6. Roll out and cut into your favorite shapes.

  7. Bake on 325 degrees for 15-20 min.

  8. Let cool for about 15 min.

  9. Decorate with icing/frosting/sprinkles.

  10. Enjoy!

Merry Thiccmas, Queens!