Monday, February 4, 2019

Chinese Almond Cookies

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Tomorrow is Lunar New Year better known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival. It is a celebration marking the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar and is the Year of the Pig. The Lantern Festival is held on February 15th and I watched a video, and it is so festive and you see beautiful red and gold hues everywhere. Over the weekend, I baked Chinese Almond Cookies. These are one of my favorite cookies and I always wanted to make them. When Allen and I are in Chinatown I always buy some. I love the crisp bite, lovely tender texture and great almond flavor from the almond flour, almond extract, and almond in the center of the cookie. This cookie is said to represent the Chinese coins that symbolize prosperity and luck, so make some for good luck and pure cookie enjoyment.

Yield: 2 1/2 Dozen Cookies

Chinese Almond Cookies

Chinese Almond Cookies

These cookies symbolize Chinese coins

Ingredients
3 cups All-Purpose Flour

1/2 cup Almond Flour

1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 teaspoon Coarse Salt

1 cup Granulated Sugar

1 1/2 cups (2  1/2 sticks) Unsalted Butter, softened

So yummy and pretty

Chinese Almond Cookies

Chinese Almond Cookies

1 Large Egg

1 Egg Yolk, beaten for egg wash

1 teaspoon Almond Extract

2 tablespoons Water

30 Whole Almonds, blanched

Every bite is delightful

Chinese Almond Cookies


Directions
Heat oven to 350°F.

Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, almond flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In a small bowl, add 1 egg and gently beat; set aside for egg wash.

Using a mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed, cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy; 1-2 minutes.

Chinese Almond Cookies

All cooled down
Add 1 egg, water, and almond extract and mix just until combined.

Turn off mixer, add the flour mixture and cover the mixer with a large kitchen towel.

Turn mixer on low speed, and mix until incorporated.

Almond Dough

12 to a tray
Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, form and place dough balls on baking sheets spacing 2 inches apart.

Press one almond into the center of the dough ball and press gently with the palm of your hand.

Take egg wash and gently brush the top of each one.

Step 1: press almond in center

Step 2: press down with palm of your hand

Egg wash added with a pastry brush 

Chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.

Wait 3 minutes and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Ready to bake!

For the recipe, visit Use Real Butter:
http://userealbutter.com/2011/01/23/chinese-almond-cookies-recipe/

For information on Chinese New Year, visit:
http://www.chinesenewyears.info/

Enjoy!

-Sophia/Two Frys

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