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Chinese Almond Cookies

These delicate and crumbly cookies, featuring a hint of almond and adorned with crunchy almonds on top, offer a perfect balance of sweetness and nuttiness.

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82% would make again
Chinese Almond Cookies

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for 25 servings

  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups sugar (300 g)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg yolks, divided
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (375 g)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 159
  • Fat 8g
  • Carbs 18g
  • Fiber 0g
  • Sugar 5g
  • Protein 2g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together with an electric hand mixer for 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg, then 1 egg yolk, beating to incorporate after each addition.
  3. Add the almond extract and beat to combine.
  4. Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into the bowl and beat for 3 minutes, or until a crumbly dough forms.
  5. Turn out the dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap and fold the wrap over the dough on all 4 sides to create a square dough block about ½ inch (1 ¼ cm) thick. Refrigerate the dough for 2 hours.
  6. Preheat the oven to 325˚F (165˚C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Unwrap the dough on a cutting board and cut into 25 cubes.
  8. Roll the dough cubes into balls, then flatten slightly and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  9. In a small bowl, beat the remaining egg yolk with the water.
  10. Brush a thick layer of egg wash onto the cookies.
  11. Add the red food coloring to a small bowl. Dip the thicker end of a wooden chopstick into the food coloring and make a dot in the center of each cookie.
  12. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the cookies are golden.
  13. Let the cookies cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes before serving.
  14. Enjoy!
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Chinese Almond Cookies

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