Friday, June 10, 2011

Chinese Almond Cookies

♥ Beginner
Leave the fortunes and lotto numbers to the kids.  What we all really want is a tasty little treat that isn't too heavy.  My mom was telling me about these little round cookies she would get at the chinese resturaunt when she was a kid.  "They had a little almond on top" she said, but she couldn't seem to find them anywhere for years.  I did a little homework and found just the cookie she was seeking.  So here it is, a little comfort food that might bring back memories for you as well.  Food with an emotional connection makes it taste even better.

P.S. These can also easily be made gluten free! Score! 

What you'll need:

  • 1 1/3 Cups Almond Flour, Packed Lightly
  • 1 Cup of Unsalted Butter, Cubed
  • 2 Eggs
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Almond Extract 
  • 1 3/4 Cups of Flour (You can substitute white for gluten free)
  • 1 Cup + 2 Tablespoons of Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Slices 

How it's done:

1. Mix in large bowl almond flour, salt, butter, until well blended. It should be coarse and chunky looking.

2. Add ONE egg, and almond extract - mix on low speed just until blended.

3. Sift together the flour, sugar, and baking soda.  Slowly add the mixture to the butter mixture on medium speed only until combined.

4. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours to chill.

5. Preheat the oven to 325*F, and beat the remaining egg in small bowl.

6. Roll dough into 1/2 inch balls, place them on the cookie sheet, and then smash them with your palm to the shape of coins.

7. Press an almond slice onto the top of each one, and using a pastry brush brush each cookie with the remaining egg.

8. Bake for 13-15 minutes.

And as always... Enjoy!!!!