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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7 Responses to “Chinese Restaurant Almond Cookies”

  1. #
    yumventures — February 8, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    It was so nice meeting you on Saturday! Your cookies look great against the pink background. I think we will all be paying more attention to pictures from now on. They look good enough to eat =)

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    Cathy — February 8, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Those look great! I grew up eating these, I’m glad I found your recipe.

  3. #
    Brandy — February 8, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    These look super delicious! I love how the little almond is placed right on top. They are so adorable 🙂

  4. #
    Peabody — February 8, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    I’ve made a version of these before they are super yummy. Yours look great.

  5. #
    Julie — February 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I always love these cookies at the end of the meal. Yours look great!

  6. #
    penniesonaplatter — February 9, 2010 at 4:40 am

    I’ve never heard of these either! Always looking for a new cookie recipe, though!

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