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    Chinese New Year Almond Cookies

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    24 mins

    12 mins

    12 mins's Note:

    Since it is the beginning of the Chinese New Year tomorrow, I figured the almond cookie would be a great treat for the occasion. In my search for the perfect recipe, I stumbled upon an article written a couple years back in the San Francisco Chronicle. The author dismisses the use of the obligatory, whole almond (usually found in the center of the cookie) and instead provides a new twist. Using a mixture of Chinese five-spice powder, brown sugar, and crushed almonds, her recipe provides a nice topping that gives a kick with both sweet and spicy flavors. View the full recipe at

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    Serves: 10-12



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    1. 1
      Preheat the oven to 375°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Sift together the flour, cream of tartar, salt and baking soda.
    2. 2
      Cream together the butter and sugar with a hand mixer. Blend in the beaten egg and almond extract. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and mix until the dough takes on a flaky, moist consistency. Gather the crumbly mixture together using your hands or a spatula.
    3. 3
      To make the topping, chop up the almonds (most easily done by hitting a few times with a mallet) and combine in a small bowl with the five-spice powder and brown sugar.
    4. 4
      To form the cookies, roll dough into 1 1/2-inch diameter balls between the palms of your hands. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Flatten to about 1/2-inch thickness, lightly brush top with the egg wash and generously sprinkle with the topping. Bake for 11-12 minutes.

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    • on February 10, 2009


      These were good cookies. I kind of omitted the last step and brushed cookies with an egg wash and pushed sliced almonds on top before I baked them. They were a hit at my cooking club dinner which of course was themed Chinese New Year.

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    Nutritional Facts for Chinese New Year Almond Cookies

    Serving Size: 1 (89 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 470.6
    Calories from Fat 210
    Total Fat 23.3 g
    Saturated Fat 12.3 g
    Cholesterol 91.1 mg
    Sodium 284.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 60.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
    Sugars 35.8 g
    Protein 6.2 g

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    five-spice powder

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