Chinese Almond Cookies

Please welcome guest author Garrett McCord as he prepares for the year of the tiger with Chinese almond cookies. ~Elise

Chinese almond cookies are a trademark in Chinese-American cooking. Often relegated as a second string sweet to the more entertaining fortune cookie these don’t get the respect they deserve. Sure, they don’t tell you what a charming personality you have or offer a string of lotto numbers, but they do have a crisp bite and delightfully sandy texture. Almond flour, almond extract, and slivered almonds ensure that you get an intense flavor that will eclipse any paper filled treat.

Set out a plate of these for the upcoming Chinese New Year. Almond cookies symbolize coins and will be sure to bring you good fortune. Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Chinese Almond Cookies Recipe

  • Yield: Makes 5 dozen.
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups of almond flour, lightly packed
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of almond extract
  • 1 3/4 cups of flour
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • Thinly sliced almonds

Method

1 Place the almond flour, salt, and butter into an electric beater with a paddle attachment and beat on medium speed for three minutes. The mixture will become coarse and chunky looking.

2 Add one of the eggs, reserving the other for later, and the almond extract. Mix on low speed until just incorporated.

3 Sift together the flour, sugar, and baking soda then add to the butter mixture at low speed. Mix until just combined.

4 Take the dough and flatten it into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Place it in the refrigerator for two hours to chill.

5 Preheat the oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the other egg into a bowl and beat it.

6 Take pieces of dough and roll them into balls about three-quarters-of-an-inch wide. Place them on the sheet about an inch apart and then press them down slightly with your palm to make a coin shape.

7 Place a slivered almond onto each cookie and lightly press it into place, then paint the surface of the cookie with some of the beaten egg using a pastry brush or your finger (this will give the cookie a lacquered appearance once it bakes).

8 Bake for 13-15 minutes or until the edges just begin to tan. Cool on the sheet on a wire rack.

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  • Susan

    When I was a kid (back in the olden days, as my kids say) the Chinese restaurants in the Wash, DC area always provided these almond cookies for the table when the check was presented. They were one of my very favorite cookies. While fortune cookies are fun, these are truly delicious. Thanks for the recipe, Garrett.

  • Andrea

    Our neighbors used to bring us a box of almond cookies whenever we collected their newspapers for them when they were away. They are among my favorite cookies– thanks for the recipe!

  • Taysia

    Where would I find almond flour?

    Most grocery stores carry it. All specialty store for sure carry it. ~Garrett

  • Andrea @ Fork Fingers Chopsticks

    The Chinese almond cookies I’ve had have not been overly sweet, which I tend to favor. Will look forward to having these as a light dessert, with a cup of tea, after I get my dim sum on.

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