Chinese Almond Cookies

Chinese almond cookies recipe

 The Spruce

Ratings (13)
  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: About 30 cookies (30 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
660 Calories
57g Fat
26g Carbs
21g Protein
See Full Nutritional Guidelines Hide Full Nutritional Guidelines
×
Nutrition Facts
Servings: About 30 cookies (30 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 660
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 57g 73%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 92mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Protein 21g
Calcium 253mg 19%
*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.)

Nutty almond cookies—along with sesame cookies and walnut cookies—are a popular treat at Chinese bakeries, but it's also possible to make these classic Chinese treats at home.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 30 whole almonds (blanched)
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients and preheat oven to 325 F/162.5 C.

    Chinese almond cookies recipe
     The Spruce
  2. In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

    Chinese almond cookies recipe
     The Spruce
  3. In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter and shortening, and sugar.

    Chinese almond cookies recipe
     The Spruce
  4. Add the egg and almond extract and beat until well blended.

    Chinese almond cookies recipe
     The Spruce
  5. Add to the flour mixture and mix well. Note: The dough will be crumbly at this point.

    Chinese almond cookies recipe
     The Spruce
  6. Use your fingers to form the mixture into a dough, and then form the dough into 2 rolls or logs that are 10 to 12 inches long.

    Chinese almond cookies recipe
     The Spruce
  7. Wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours (this will make it easier to shape the dough into circles).

    Chinese almond cookies recipe
     The Spruce
  8. Take a log and lightly score the dough at 3/4-inch intervals so that you have 15 pieces and cut the dough.

    Chinese almond cookies recipe
     The Spruce
  9. Roll each piece into a ball and place on a lightly-greased cookie tray, approximately 1 1/2-inches apart.

    Chinese almond cookies recipe
     The Spruce
  10. Add an almond in the center of each cookie and press down lightly. Repeat with the remaining dough.

  11. Brush each cookie lightly with a beaten egg.

    Chinese almond cookies recipe
     The Spruce
  12. Bake for 15 minutes to 18 minutes, until golden brown.

    Chinese almond cookies recipe
     The Spruce
  13. Cool and enjoy or store in a sealed container.

    Chinese almond cookies recipe
     The Spruce