This is basically the same recipe that I use except mine has an additional 1/4 cup of flour and I sometimes use butter flavored shortening (1 cup) instead of real butter. The shortening gives the cookies a similar taste and texture to the ones I have at my favorite Asian eatery. The butter takes this cookie to another level in flavor, richness. Either way, butter or shortening this is a good Chinese Almond Cookie recipe, it saved me from posting my own very slightly different version. If you want to remove the skins from your almonds just place them in a small pot with water, and boil for a couple of minutes. Remove almonds from water and the skin should slip off very easily. You can dry and slightly toast them if you like before using, I use them as they are.
These are wonderful cookies. I love the fact that it calls for butter and not shortening. Way better than store bought ones. Perfect compliment to Chinese tea served after a Chinese meal.
I made these yesterday to take to Bible study and they were a hit! I grew up enjoying Chinese Almond cookies at Chinese restaurants in Chinatown in Los Angeles. Sadly I never see them served nowadays. My father, sister and I went shopping in downtown Seattle several weeks ago and while checking out the aisles I notice a small bag of almond halves that were tiny in size but the skins removed and it reminded me of days gone by.. I picked up a package and determined to see if I could replicate my memories. Well, it's pretty darn close. This cookie is not too sweet. It probably would be better if I refrigerated the dough before rolling the balls or maybe after rolling the balls. I accidentally use one tablespoon instead of 2 teaspoons of almond extract but the flavor was wonderful. I also baked them a bit longer since the balls we're a smudge larger and yeild 3 1/2 dozen cookies instead of 5 dozen. I also used anegg yolk wash on top of each cookie after adding the almond. I am looking forward to baking this again and sharing with my Dad and siblings. Just to bring back some happy memories of our childhood! Thanks for the memories.
I learned how to make (and eat!) these cookies in High School in Hawaii.This recipe is every bit as good as the cookies I remember! The recipe is perfect - you just need to work the dough until it becomes the right consistency. I took a double batch to a Chinese tea party, and the guests loved them and asked for the recipe.
This recipe looked like it did not call for enough liquid and sure enough there wasn't. I added an extra beaten egg and then some water to pull the dough together. <br/>Don't forget to chill these flattened cookies before baking as they will spread.<br/>Yummy texture & flavor.
First, let me say... this is A LOT of butter. Don't let it scare you. I made these before Chinese New Year because I needed a quick cookie I could pre-make and just cut and bake while my guests ate. I experimented a bit with this batch... putting an almond in each, almond on top, red dye fingerprint shaped like an almond, and various tests to see how I could roll and possibly freeze them. When done with the experiment batch I arrived at the answer they are good in all ways. Even when rolled, froze, sliced still frozen, and baked before defrosting! Exactly 12 minutes was perfect for my oven. And, for Chinese New Year I did end up making them... with the red dye because it was just more attractive with my color theme. Oh, and PS... someone asked me for the recipe and later I caught 2 guests in my kitchen eating them straight off the tray... so clearly they were a hit!
Great flavor with this cookie. I tried to cut it in half as I didn't want that many cookies. I had a little trouble and ended up using the entire egg, extra water and two t. almond extract to make it come together. I will try again because the flavor is wonderful.
I was wanting a dessert to go with my Asian themed dinner that I was making on 3/23/09. So I did a search and came across this recipe. And decided to try it, and WOW !!!!!! I'm so glad I did :) . This cookie is just so AMAZING !!! The only almonds I had were chopped, so I added those to the batter,and for me it worked just great. This cookie has a perfect balance of sweetness and saltiness.Thanks for posting such a wonderful cookie recipe that will be made again. "Keep Smiling :) "
I was looking for something to bake to take to work on Monday and, since Monday is the beginning of the Chinese New Year, these caught my eye. A wonderful cookie with a delicious balance of almond and butter flavors.This is not an overly sweet cookie, but has a great sweet/salty thing going on. They do not brown up a lot, so be careful not to overcook. When I made them, I had to leave off the almonds as I didn't have any in the cupboard. Still a great cookie and one I will make again. Thanks for posting this!