As a child, my mom would often treat us to a box of Chinese Almond Cookies after our dim sum breakfast. It was part of our Sunday morning tradition: stuff our face with dim sum, and then chow down on cookies. At the time, I definitely took it for granted and never thought twice about the delicious, crumbly almond cookies. Now, many years later, I think it's time to bring almond cookies back into my life. To join me in today's cookie adventure, get the recipe
1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon milk
1/3 cup blanched whole almonds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until smooth. Add whole egg and almond extract and beat until well blended. Stir or beat in flour and baking powder until well blended. Cover bowl and chill until dough is firm, about 1 hour.
2. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, flatten each slightly, and place each about 1 inch apart on buttered or cooking parchment-lined 12- by 15-inch baking sheets.
3. In a small bowl, beat egg yolk with milk to blend. Brush cookies lightly with egg mixture; discard any remaining. Press an almond into the center of each cookie and sprinkle each with about 1/8 teaspoon sesame seeds.
4. Bake cookies in a 325° oven until lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes; if baking more than one pan at a time, switch pan positions halfway through baking. Let cookies cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then use a wide spatula to transfer to racks to cool completely.
CALORIES 86(51% from fat); FAT 4.9g (sat 2.6g); PROTEIN 1.2g; CHOLESTEROL 19mg; SODIUM 52mg; FIBER 0.3g; CARBOHYDRATE 9.4g