Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins

Posted for the Zaar World Tour-China. From the "Chinese Cookery" cookbook. I have not made this recipe yet, but have eaten cookies just like these at restaurants in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 12 cup blanched almond, finely ground
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 12 cups flour
  • 1 12 teaspoons baking powder
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 36 blanched almond halves
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Grease baking sheets; set aside.
  2. Mix shortening and sugar in a large bowl until smooth. Add egg, ground almonds and almond extract; mix well.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add to egg mixture, mixing well. Dough will be stiff.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Shape dough into 36 small balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Press an almond half on each ball and flatten with the palm of your hand to a 2-inch cookie.
  5. Mix egg yolk and water in a small cup to make a glaze. Brush each cookie with glaze and bake about 20 minutes until golden.
Most Helpful

So although mine dont look as pretty as the photos here, they did turn out perfectly, little crisp biscuits that everyone enjoyed. My oven is old and wonky which could explain my biscuits tending to spread more than I think they should have. Didnt affect the taste though!! Thank you for this recipe, made for International Agents of QUEST, China region

Karen Elizabeth September 08, 2014

These were great cookies. I ran out of eggs so had to skip the final step of brushing the glaze on the cookies prior to baking. But they were great even skipping that step. Thanks, Bayhill. Made for 2014 Culinary Quest (China).

NorthwestGal September 07, 2014

Delicious almond cookies! These are even better than the ones I love in my favorite Chinese restaurant. They were super easy to make and resulted in perfect and tasty cookies. I didn't think they would actually take 20 minutes of baking time, but they did! Thank you for posting. Made for Culinary Quest - China region - International Agents of Quest team.

LifeIsGood September 02, 2014