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Chinese Almond Cookies Recipe

In all likelihood this “Chinese” dessert is an American invention, much like the fortune cookie. It is very popular in American Chinese restaurants.

Prep Time:  15 minutes | Cook Time:  20 minutes | Yield:  2 dozen cookies

Chinese cookie recipes, tea


  • 3/4 cup shortening, I prefer Butter Flavored Crisco
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 cup almonds, unsalted, ground to powder
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • almonds or almond slivers to top cookies
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten to brush over cookies
  • 1 teaspoon water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Mix together shortening and sugar until fluffy.  Beat in egg, almond extract and water.
  3. In food processor*, grind 3/4 cups almonds until powdery.  In large bowl combine almonds, flour, baking powder, soda and salt.  Add to butter/sugar mixture and mix well until all ingredients incorporated.
  4. Roll cookie dough into 1 inch balls and place on parchment lined cookie sheets.  Gently press an almond or almond slivers on top of each cookie ball.
  5. Mix together one egg and 1 teaspoon of water for egg wash.   Brush egg wash over each cookie.
  6. Refrigerate cookies for 15 minutes.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes until a very light golden color.  Do not over bake.

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