Cantonese Almond Cookies

Other than fruits, Chinese cuisine does not typically include a lot of sweet items. Diners in the West expect all kinds of cakes, pies, and other sweet desserts to end a meal with. To fill this unfamiliar need, Chinese restaurants outside of China would put a bowl of pineapple on the table surrounded by “fortune cookies” and this simple favorite, Chinese almond cookies. The cookies are a great way to serve a light and crunchy post-meal treat without needing to make a fancy dessert.

Cantonese Almond Cookies

These light almond flavored cookies make for a pleasant end to a heavy meal. They're very easy to make and freeze well. In fact, they are great eaten frozen right from the freezer.
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Canton, Chinese, Southern China
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Resting dough: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 48 cookies
Author: My Hungry Traveler

Equipment

  • Food processor
  • Large baking pan

Ingredients

  • cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ½ tsp Baking soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 cup European butter, chilled and diced
  • 1 large Egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp Almond extract
  • 48 whole Almonds, skinless

Instructions

  • Make Dough – Add flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse 2 or 3 times to mix. Add cold butter cubes and pulse until mixture resembles cornmeal. Add egg and almond extract and pulse a few times to combine. Make into a ball and wrap and chill for an hour or more.
    Form Cookies – Preheat oven to 325°F. Roll dough into a long snake and slice off enough to make 1-inch balls. Set balls 2-inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Stick an almond in the center each and press down to flatten slightly.
    Bake Cookies – In the preheated oven until cookie edges begin to turn golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool on the tray.

Notes

  • Almond cookies freeze well and are fantastic eaten frozen. Sore in a bag in the freezer to grab a few when necessary.

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