Chinese Restaurant Almond Cookies

Chinese New Year falls on Valentine’s Day this year. To celebrate, our monthly cooking club decided to feature Chinese food. We all brought our creations to enjoy together.

I had actually never heard of Chinese almond cookies, but a couple of the other people in the cooking group had. They all said these tasted like the real thing. I didn’t have anything to compare it to, but they sure are tasty. They are light and chewy and have a great almond flavor.

I had some issues with the recipe as it’s written on There weren’t enough liquid ingredients in the original recipe for me to actually roll the dough into a ball. My adaptation is shown below.

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Chinese Restaurant Almond Cookies

Yield: ~3 dozen


2 3/4 cups flour
1 c sugar
1/2 tsp baking sode
1/2 tsp salt
1 c crisco
2 eggs
2 tsp almond extract
1/4 c milk


Preheat oven to 325.

Sift flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl. Cut in the lard until mixture resembles cornmeal. Add eggs, almond extract, and milk. Mix well.

Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Set on ungreased cookie sheet. Place an almond on top of each cookie and press down to flatten slightly.

Bake 15-18 minutes. Cool on rack.

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6 Responses to “Cranberry Almond Caramel Tart”

  1. #
    Ingrid — November 19, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    I wouldn’t have thought to combine all those flavors but I guess it works,huh?! It certainly looks good!

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    nutmegnanny — November 19, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    This looks great! I love Smitten Kitchen and her recipes always turn out great. I have three bags of cranberries sitting around so I need to give this a try!

  3. #
    Julie — November 19, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Your tart looks beautiful and festive…love it!

  4. #
    Kat — November 23, 2009 at 1:46 am

    What a great combo of flavors. Looks wonderful!

  5. #
    Stephanie Wagner — November 23, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    This looks yummy and I’m seriously in love with that red pattern in the background!

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    Irene — December 1, 2009 at 5:21 am

    I also made this a while back and was in love with the flavors! Looks gorgeous.

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