Chinese Almond Cookies

Chinese Almond Cookies are deliciously crunchy  little desserts with a whole almond in the  center, symbolizing good luck.
Chinese Almond Cookies

Chinese Almond Cookies

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Chinese Almond Cookies is my recipe of the  day with the blogging  group Sunday Funday. We get together on Sundays to  post some of our favorite recipes on various topics.

This week we are sharing Christmas cookies from around the world. For my recipe,  I have Chinese Almond Cookies.

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Chinese Almond Cookies

These have long been a favorite of mine  to end the meal at Chinese restaurants. Time was,  these were brought to the table at the end of the meal in about fifty percent of restaurants.

Now we are lucky to get a fortune cookie (or misfortune cookie, as we like  to  call them, if the paper fortune  has gone missing!)

Luck is the fortune of these cookies, as symbolized by the almond. The almonds I use are whole, blanched as seen in that they are creamy colored with no skins. You want the whole ones if you are superstitious about the luck.

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Chinese Almond Cookies

These are quite easy to mix and bake. And they take twenty minutes per pan, with three pans.  I  won’t  assume you  can  do  more than one  in the bake time.

They are crisp  and  dense, with a texture similar to peanut butter cookies. The dough reminded me  of  those as well. But the flavor is truly almond.

Be sure to  serve them up with a steaming pot of jasmine or oolong tea.

Chinese Almond Cookies

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Chinese Almond Cookies

These cookies pack well and are great to ship. So for Christmas cookies, they are  perfect. Plus, you will want to bake up a batch for the Lunar New Year. It will be the year of the Tiger.

Chinese Almond Cookies

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Servings 36
Calories 100 kcal

Equipment

  • cookie sheet; parchment paper

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg (at room temperature)
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup almond meal (almond flour)
  • 36 whole blanched almonds
  • 1 egg white (beaten until frothy)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Cream together the butter, shortening and granulated sugar.
  • Add the egg and extracts, then add the salt, baking powder, almond meal and all-purpose flour, mixing into a stiff dough.
  • Measure out with a level cookie scoop and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Gently flatten the dough and press a blanched almond into the center of each.
  • Add two teaspoons water to the egg white, and brush the tops of each cookie with a silicone brush or pastry brush.
  • Bake for twenty minutes.
  • Cool on wire racks.

Notes

From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com

Nutrition

Calories: 100kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 42mgPotassium: 15mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 85IUCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg
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