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Chinese Almond Cookies

Each Christmas, my mother baked these Chinese almond cookies and stored them in clean coffee cans. When she passed away, I started giving our kids a can of these sentimental sweets. (Traditional Chinese almond cookies typically use lard, but butter is a great substitute if you don't have lard on hand.) —Jane Garing, Talladega, Alabama
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    5 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon water


  • Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg and extract. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  • Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten slightly with a fork. Sprinkle with almonds, pressing to adhere as needed. In a small bowl, beat egg white and water. Brush over cookies.
  • Bake until edges and bottoms are lightly browned, 14-16 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 67 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 67mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Delores
    Nov 12, 2019

    I was looking for a cookie for a friends cookie exchange. I made a sample batch. My family and friends were my test subjects. They all loved them. They were easy to make . I am looking forward to the next batch to make. Thank you so much.

  • Maria
    Feb 8, 2018

    I was looking for a really easy almond cookie for Chinese New Year and these fit the bill. I added the spare yolk to the batter, mainly because I never use the extra and hate tossing them. I think they could use a little more almond extract to punch up the flavor. They next time I make them I will add another 1/2 teaspoon. That said, they are quite lovely.

  • ms11145
    Nov 25, 2017

    I used to make Chinese Almond cookies after eating at a Chinese Buffet and they had these out for dessert. But it's been years and I lost the recipe. Since I am hosting a Christmas Around the World party next week, I was happy that I found this recipe. Taste just like I remembered them.

  • TamelaB
    Feb 21, 2015

    Made these for Chinese New Year at work and they were a huge hit.

  • grannyfromwisc
    Jan 9, 2015

    super easy to make and they melt in your mouth. I used one slice of almond on each cookie and they were eaten up faster than I could get them out of the oven.Will make again.

  • crazycooks
    Nov 18, 2012

    Too cute and quite delicious

  • missjj
    Dec 22, 2009

    We make these every Christmas and they are great to give as gifts to the postman, firemen, etc. Or just eat yourself!

  • debinnyssa
    Dec 19, 2009

    These taste wonderful. I did modify in the interest of time: roll the dough in food wrap into 2 inch rolls, refrigerate and slice for baking. Still make a fork indentation so it will hold the egg wash, but put the wash on before you add almonds. Add almonds last, pressing lightly into the dough. Much faster!

  • cjirick
    Dec 19, 2008

    No comment left

  • gapeach55
    Nov 5, 2008

    These are one of my favorite cookies.God Bless.