Chinese Almond Cookies

READY IN: 30mins
SERVES: 32-35


  • 1
    cup butter, room temperature
  • 1
    cup sugar
  • 1
    large egg
  • 1
    teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 12
    cups flour
  • 1
    teaspoon baking powder
  • 1
    large egg yolk
  • 1
    tablespoon milk
  • 32 -35
    blanched whole almonds (use enough whole almonds for each cookie)
  • 2
    tablespoons sesame seeds


  • Set oven to 325 degrees.
  • In a large bowl with a mixer at medium speed beat butter and sugar until creamy (about 4 minutes).
  • Add in whole egg and almond extract and beat until well blended.
  • In a small bowl mix together flour and baking powder; add to the creamed mixture and mix until combined.
  • Shape the dough into about 1-inch balls, then flatten slightly with hands.
  • Place on a large buttered baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl beat the egg yolk with milk until blended; brush the cookies with the egg mixture (discard any remaining mixture).
  • Press 1 whole almond in the center of each cookie then sprinkle with about 1/8 teaspoon sesame seeds.
  • Bake for about 15-18 minutes.
  • Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets then use a spatula to transfer to racks to cool completely.