This recipe is by Sou Chan. This recipe seems to be a little more authentic then other recipes I have come across. A little extra work but well worth it. Cookie yield will depend on size. Preparation time includes blanching and roasting almonds. You can grind the almonds in the food processor to a somewhat fine consistency. (not powdered) How to's to blanch and roast almonds listed at the end of the recipe.
- Sift rice flour and sugar together. Mix with the almonds. Work the butter smoothly into the mixture. Add a few drops of water if needed to hold the dough together.
- Shape into small balls and place on greased cookie sheet, leaving plenty of space around each cookie. Press an almond into the top of each one. Bake in a moderate oven (350 F) about 15 minutes, or till golden brown.
- To blanch almonds-.
- Place almonds in a bowl.
- Pour boiling water to barely cover almonds.
- Let the almonds sit for 1 minute and no longer.
- Drain, rinse under cold water, and drain again.
- Pat dry and slip the skins off.
- (Don't let almonds sit in hot water too long or they will lose their crispness).
- To roast almonds-.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spread nuts in one layer on ungreased shallow baking pan.
- Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden.
I don't know how authentic chinese almond cookies are supposed to be, but to my taste these were fantastic! They're wonderfully shortbread-like - just the kind of cookie I love! As they're naturally gluten free, I wanted to make them for ages but never did. Now the Unrated Asian Recipe Tag Game motivated me to finally try them, and I'm glad I did! As I used already blanched almonds, it wasn't much work, they were quickly put together. Not sure how small "small" should be, I made them *really* small and got 37 beautiful cookies. For the last 7 cookies I had no almonds left, so I mixed the leftover dough with some cardamom and rosewater and made them without decoration. I'm really looking forward to have one with a cup of turkish coffee tomorrow :) Thanks for posting!
Not rating, as I had to use Smart Balance light to make it dairy free. I have premade blanched almond flour, so measured 2 cups. Also used sorghum instead of rice flour. I did have to add a few drops of water and didn't use the roasted almonds (DD doesn't like them). I didn't press flat, as I felt they would fall apart. Maybe if I added a little more "butter" it would help that, as 2 cups of flour is probably more than 2 cups almonds, ground. DD liked them, but we both felt they needed something, maybe more sugar? Will try again with a little more butter and sugar, as I want to find good GF cookies.