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新年快乐! (Or Happy New Year!)

by elyn_ryn

Several years ago, I ate the most delicious, crisp almond cookies at a Chinese restaurant around the time of Chinese New Year.  While searching for a recipe to recreate the cookies, I discovered that these particular almond cookies date back to 16th century China and are thought to bring good luck. Click here to jump to recipe.

My daughter has studied Mandarin Chinese since she was young and always celebrates Chinese New Year at school, so we have made these cookies together many times.

I don’t know where we ended up finding the recipe, but my copy is in her young handwriting with a few misspelled words and lots of details that I would never have bothered to write down.

It is a simple recipe and never fails to remind me of celebration, family togetherness, and love.

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Chinese Almond Cookies
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10-12 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes
Servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10-12 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes
Servings
Votes: 3
Rating: 5
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Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Sift flour, almond flour, baking soda and salt into a bowl and set aside.
  2. Use an electric mixer to cream the butter and sugar until smooth.
  3. Add the egg and almond extract and mix until combined.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix on low speed until just combined.
  5. Turn out the dough onto a piece of plastic wrap and form into a disk. Wrap up and refrigerate for 20 minutes until firm.
  6. Preheat oven to 325°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  7. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on the baking sheet about an inch apart. Flatten balls into circles with the palm of your hand.
  8. Press a sliced or whole almond in the center of each cookie.
  9. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the cookies are lightly golden on top. If cooking uneven, rotate baking sheet after half the cooking time.
  10. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  11. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Freeze for a longer time.
  12. This recipe will make approximately 48 cookies.
Recipe Notes

You can use almond flour or almond meal for this recipe.  Almond flour is made from blanched almonds that have the skins removed, whereas almond meal is usually made from almonds with the skins on and is sometimes a little more coarsely ground.

*Almond lovers, add 2 tablespoons of almond extract instead of one for an enhanced almond flavor.

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