These Chinese Almond Cookies are buttery, crispy and have tons of almond flavor. And did I mention these Almond Cookies are extremely easy to make? Now you don’t have to wait to visit your favorite restaurant to enjoy them.
An American-Chinese cooking classic
While these cookies may not be traditional to Chinese cooking, they were made popular in the United States by many different Chinese restaurants. You don’t need to buy boxes of almond cookies when you can make a fresh batch today.
Why this Recipe Works
Sure, we have all enjoyed these Almond Cookies at a restaurant. In many different Chinese restaurants, the meal concludes with a couple of these cookies or a traditional fortune cookie. This cookie somewhat resembles a buttery almond cookie.
So why not share these Almond Cookies at home after your next meal. We all love a great dessert, especially at home. I also really love these Pecan Sandies for dessert after a beautiful meal!
Scroll down to watch my video on how to make this Chinese Almond Cookies recipe!
Chinese Almond Cookies History
It is believed the Chinese Almond Cookie came from a Chinese Walnut cookie that came from the Ming Dynasty in the 16th century. The nut in the center of the cookie symbolized good luck.
Originally created for royalty, this cookie would become available to all. This cookie would make its way to the United States as the Chinese immigrants came to the United States to help build the railways.
This popular cookie now has a holiday named after it. April 9th is now known as National Chinese Almond Cookie Day.
What you’ll need to make this Recipe:
- Butter (softened)
- Almond extract
- Baking Powder
- All-Purpose Flour
- Egg Wash made with the egg whites and water
- Sliced Almonds
How to Make Chinese Almond Cookies
While your oven is preheating to 325 degrees, cream together the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
Once it’s light and fluffy, beat in the egg, almond extract, baking powder, and salt.
Slowly add the flour into the mixture. Beat until the batter is completely incorporated.
Using a cookie scoop, divide the batter into 1-inch balls.
Place the dough balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
Flatten the balls and brush the top with your egg white wash.
Sprinkle with the almond slices.
Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the cookie turns golden brown.
Cool completely before digging in.
Recipe Tips and Notes:
- When making the egg wash, use only the egg whites with the water. This will keep the cookies this beautiful buttery color
- Use a cookie scoop to keep the cookies all the same size. Another great tip is to use the bottom of a glass to flatten the dough.
- These are the best cookies to send to friends and loved ones because you don’t have to worry about the frosting melting.
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Chinese Almond Cookies
- 1 cup butter softened to room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 egg white beaten with 1 tablespoon water
- 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- In a large bowl cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in 1 egg, almond extract, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add in the 3 cups of flour. Beat until the batter is blended well. Divide batter into 1 inch balls, this is very easy to do with a cookie scoop.
- Place the dough balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten balls of dough with the bottom of a glass. Brush the top of the cookies with the egg white wash, and sprinkle almond slices on top of the cookie.
- Bake the cookie for 12 to 14 minutes or until the cookie begins to turn golden brown. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
- These cookies are perfect for the holidays, they stay fresh for about 7 to 10 days.
- Perfect cookies for mailing, these cookies do not crumble like many other cookies.