Chinese Almond Cookies

Bring in the new year (Chinese New Year that is) with these classic Chinese almond cookies.

Almond cookies stacked and scattered on a plate.
Michelle Becker

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!

Overhead view of a plate of Chinese almond cookies and a mug.
Michelle Becker

Chinese Almond Cookies

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Dough chilling 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 35 mins
Servings 60 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups almond flour, lightly packed

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes

  • Pinch kosher salt

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • Thinly sliced almonds

Method

  1. Beat almond flour, salt, butter:

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

    Creaming ingredients in a bowl to make an almond cookie recipe.
    Michelle Becker
  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.

    Making an almond cookie recipe in a stand mixer.
    Michelle Becker
    Making an almond cookie recipe in a stand mixer.
    Michelle Becker
  4. Chill the dough:

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

    Wrapping almond cookie dough in plastic wrap.
    Michelle Becker
  5. Prep oven, baking sheet, egg:

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

  6. Flatten balls of dough onto cookie sheet:

    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.

    Balls of dough set on a parchment covered baking sheet to make a Chinese almond cookie recipe.
    Michelle Becker
    Flattened dough balls on a baking sheet for a Chinese almond cookie recipe.
    Michelle Becker
  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).

    Brushing the almond topped cookies with a pastry brush.
    Michelle Becker
  8. Bake at 325°F for 13-15 minutes:

    or until the edges just begin to tan. Cool on the sheet on a wire rack.

    Overhead view of almond cookies on a cooling tray.
    Michelle Becker
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
74 Calories
5g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 60
Amount per serving
Calories 74
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 29mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.