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Don't Take Almond Cookies for Granted

Don't Take Almond Cookies for Granted

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

Chinese Almond Cookies
From Sunset Magazine, November 2003

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.

Nutritional Information
CALORIES 86(51% from fat); FAT 4.9g (sat 2.6g); PROTEIN 1.2g; CHOLESTEROL 19mg; SODIUM 52mg; FIBER 0.3g; CARBOHYDRATE 9.4g

Join The Conversation
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Not a big almond person but these look good...
starkiss23 starkiss23 9 years
These look really good. And I like that the recipe is so simple.
tati33 tati33 9 years
I love dim sum...especially the sweet egg tarts!
nancita nancita 9 years
I love almonds, and I love almond cookies. Also, these are so low in calories!
Diana172 Diana172 9 years
Wow, that's so lucky to get delicious cookies in the morning!
Food Food 9 years
Dim sum normally consists of a lot of little dumplings. Here's the definition of dim sum along with a tasty photo!
hboogie hboogie 9 years
What does one eat for dim sum breakfast? I'm always so curious about what other cultures eat for breakfast. Everyone knows what you can have for a Chinese dinner or a Japanese one or an Indian one, but what can you have for breakfast?
mollywog mollywog 9 years
I totally love these cookies! Luckily one of the Chinese ladies I used to work with has a husband that works in a Chinese bakery and she brings me some every time we get together! But now I also want some dim sum.....
elle-j elle-j 9 years
i make pinoli cookies all the time!
fragiletearz fragiletearz 9 years
I love almonds, Almost as much as I love YUMSugar!
tati33 tati33 9 years
i love almond cookies!
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