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Chinese Almond Cookies

Chinese Almond Cookies

Chinese Almond Cookies

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Chinese Almond Cookies
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Course: Hand-Shaped CookiesDifficulty: Easy



These symbolize coins and are meant to bring you good fortune on Chinese New Year.


  • 1 cup vegetable shortening

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose floor

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 5 dozen whole blanched almonds

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat shortening with granulated sugar and brown sugar until creamy. Add whole egg and almond extract; beat until well blended. In another bowl, stir together flour, salt, and baking powder; add to creamed mixture, blending thoroughly. To shape each cookie, roll about 1 tablespoon dough into a ball. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets, then flatten each slightly to make a 2″ round. Gently press an almond into center of each round. Place egg yolk and water in a small bowl; beat together lightly with a fork. Brush mixture over top of each cookie with a pastry brush. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to racks and let cool. Store airtight.




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Love almond cookies and this is a great recipe, not so overly sweet. It's great with a cup of coffee or tea. I think it's better to brush the tops with some egg mixture - makes them glowy. Also I used sliced almonds - easier to eat!
- Grammie

these were ok some of the other recipes are better though
- A Baker

These are very good cookies and taest great
- A Baker

I've tried many different receipes for this type of cookie. These are by far the easiest. I do recommend using a little more almond extract though. On my last batch I put some in the egg and water mixture and brushed it on, what a difference! Yummy!
- Lisa
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