Chinese Almond Cookies

With Chinese New year coming up on this Friday and super bowl on Sunday, i have a few interesting recipes lined up for you guys. This year super bowl is special because Seattle Seahawks are playing in the finals.. yeah! Go Hawks!! That’s not until Sunday, so lets talk about these cookies, shall we? There are cookies and almond cookies and then they are these Chinese almond cookies. Chinese bakeries in my opinion make the best cookies and cakes, so light and airy. I know they probably have copious amounts of eggs and butter, but New Year comes only once a year, so treat yourself to this outrageously tasty cookies. Almond cookies symbolize coins and wealth, therefore an essential part of Chinese New Year celebrations. I really hope more cookies mean more wealth, because i have already eaten a couple of these and i am staring at the cookie jar as i type this post 😉

almond cookies

Ingredients

1.5 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup almond flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg, divided

1 tablespoon water

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

30 blanched almonds

Method

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2. Whisk together flours, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

3. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar until creamy and fluffy.

4. Beat in 1/2 egg, water and almond extract. Mix until well incorporated.

5. Add flour mixture and mix until just combined.

6. Roll 2 teaspoons of cookie dough into a ball and place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all the dough is used up. You will get about 30 cookies if you use 2 teaspoon measurement.

7. Top each cookie with a blanched almond and brush tops with egg wash. To blanch almonds, place almonds in a bowl and pour boiling water over them. Let it sit for a minute, gently loosen the skin from almonds and dry with a paper towel.

8. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. Cool them on a wire rack for 10 minutes before serving.

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