Almond Chinese Cookies
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These perfectly delicious Almond Chinese Cookies are the ultimate treat to enjoy for dessert! Every bite is bursting with flavor! Guest Post by Courtney Kent.
It’s almost like magic the way these cookies disappear when served. This simple cookie dough creates soft melt in your mouth cookies that are topped with almond slices to give it that perfect crunch! This recipe uses almond extract and almond slices to give it that extra almond kick.
Ingredients for Almond Chinese Cookies
(See the full recipe at the bottom of this post.)
- Flour – Use all-purpose flour for this recipe!
- Sugar – I used regular granulated white sugar to sweeten these cookies.
- Almond extract – Adds that dreamy almond flavor!
- Large eggs – Eggs serve more than one purpose in baking, most of which is to help give these cookies structure.
- Butter – Be sure to allow time for your butter to soften before baking.
- Baking Soda – I used a combination of baking soda and baking powder to create a perfect rise for these cookies.
- Baking Powder
- Salt – Just a pinch of salt to taste!
- Almond Slices – Finish these Chinese almond cookies off by pressing the dough into sliced almonds before baking. These almond slices add texture and interest.
- Powdered Sugar
- Almond Extract
Instructions for Making this Recipe
Gather the ingredients so you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Prepare a cookie sheet by either using a cooking oil spray or parchment paper to prevent sticking.
Prepare the Cookie Dough
Begin by adding softened butter and granulated sugar to a mixing bowl and cream together until combined. Add eggs one at a time, followed by almond extract and combine.
In a separate bowl mix together all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. I like to sift the dry ingredients to prevent lumps.
Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients to form a dough. After the dough has formed, cover and refrigerate to chill the dough for about 30 minutes.
Form and Bake the Cookies
Preheat oven to 375°F. Once the dough has chilled, evenly scoop out the dough and roll into balls. Press the top of the dough ball into a bowl of almond slices.
Line the cookie dough balls onto the prepared cookie sheet.
Bake in preheated oven for about 10 minutes. (Times may vary a bit depending upon your oven and location, adjust accordingly)
Once baked, allow cookies to cool on a wire rack before enjoying. (Optional, top with an almond glaze while still warm.)
Prepare the Almond Glaze (optional)
To make this glaze you will only need 3 ingredients. In a small mixing bowl whisk together powdered sugar, almond extract, and water until combined.
Drizzle over warm cookies! This recipe will make approximately 2 1/2 – 3 dozen cookies, depending on how big you make them.
Serve these cookies as dessert or for tea time! I especially enjoy the pairing of these Almond Chinese Cookies with jasmine green tea or a white tea variety! These cookies are also perfect for gifting during Chinese New Year or any other special occasion. Enjoy these delicious almond treats and embrace the rich culture and traditions behind them. The possibilities for these cookies are endless, so get creative and have fun in the kitchen. Happy baking!
These cookies store very well. Line each layer with parchment paper and store in an airtight container. You can also freeze them in a freezer safe bag.
- Use softened butter to create a smooth cookie dough.
- Refrigerate dough before baking. This helps the cookie keep its shape during baking and it makes the dough easier to work with. It also helps it to not be so sticky.
- Each oven bakes a little differently. Adjust the baking time accordingly.
- Cool cookies completely before storing.
Can I use almond flour instead of regular flour in this Almond Chinese Cookie recipe?
While it is possible to use almond flour, the texture of the cookies will be different. Almond flour has a higher fat content, which can result in a denser and more moist cookie. If you want to use almond flour, you may need to adjust the quantity of butter and amount of eggs used in the recipe.
How can I make these cookies gluten-free?
You can substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend. Ensure the mix contains xanthan gum, which helps with the texture and structure of cookies.
How long can I store the Almond Chinese Cookies?
These cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. If you want to store them for longer, you can refrigerate them for up to 3 weeks or freeze them for up to 2 months.
How can I tell when the cookies are done baking?
The Almond Chinese Cookies are done when they are lightly golden brown at the bottom edges. The baking time can vary depending on your oven, so it’s always a good idea to start checking around the 8-minute mark. The cookies will continue to firm up as they cool, so it’s important not to over-bake them.
Guest post by Courtney Kent at Daily Tea Time.
Almond Chinese Cookies
Almond Glaze (Optional)
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1-2 tablespoons water
- Begin by adding softened butter and sugar to a mixing bowl and cream together until combined. Add eggs and almond extract to the batter.
- In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. I like to sift the dry ingredients to make sure there are no lumps.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients to form a dough.
- After the dough has formed, cover and refrigerate to chill the dough for about 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare a cookie sheet by either using a cooking oil spray or parchment paper to prevent sticking.
- Evenly scoop out the dough and roll into balls and press the top of the dough ball into a bowl of almond slices.
- Line the cookie dough balls onto the cookie sheet.
- Bake at 375°F for about 10 minutes. (Times may vary a bit depending upon your oven and location, adjust accordingly)
- Once baked, allow cookies to cool on a wire rack before enjoying. (Optional, top with an almond glaze while still warm.)
Prepare the Glaze
- To make the almond glaze, in a small mixing bowl whisk together powdered sugar, almond extract, and water until combined.
- Drizzle over cookies! Makes 2 1/2 - 3 dozen cookies.
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