Chinese Almond Cookies


I’m not a big fan of Chinese food – unless it is authentic, in which case, bring it on!  What I do love, is Chinese Almond Cookies. You know, the cookies which are almond flavored, have a “sandy” texture to them with a glaze and almond on top.  This recipe is simple, though if you choose my way of placing almonds on top, a bit time consuming. Alternatively, just press one almond half down in the center of each cookie prior to baking (that is more traditional anyway, but not as pretty).   This recipe makes 2-1/2 doz. cookies.

In a mixer bowl combine:
2-3/4 cups AP Flour
1 cup Sugar
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
 
Add and continue to mix with dry ingredients until course crumbs form:
1/2 cup Butter, soft, cut into small cubes
1/2 cup Shortening
 
Add to above and mix just until combined:
1 Egg, whole and 1 Egg White
1-1/2 tsp. Almond Extract
 
        
 
Roll the dough into large 2″ balls and press down slightly to make a disk.  Arrange almond halves or almond slices on top of each.  Brush each cookie with egg wash.  Sprinkle each cookie with sugar.
 
Egg Wash:
Whisk together:
2 Eggs
1 Tabl. Water

            

Bake cookies 14-16 minutes in 350 degree oven.  Cool and store in air-tight container.

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About bakingway

Baker/Pastry Chef for over 25 years.

Posted on May 9, 2011, in Cookies, Recipes and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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