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Chinese almond cookies piled on a round white plate with bowl of almonds on the side and extra cookies in front on top of a marble surface.

Chinese Almond Cookies

These traditional Chinese Almond Cookies are crunchy and flavorful with buttery goodness in every bite!

  • Total Time: 2 hours 47 min
  • Yield: 3 dozen 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 1/3 cups almond flour
  • 2 sticks of butter (chilled)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs, divided
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Whole almonds, sliced in half length-wise


  1. Place the almond flour, salt, and butter (cubed) into an electric mixer with a paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. The mixture will become coarse and chunky looking.
  2. Add one egg and the almond extract. Mix on low speed until just incorporated.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, and baking soda. Slowly add it to the butter mixture at low speed. Mix until just combined.
  4. Flatten the dough into a disc shape and wrap in plastic wrap (you may need to do two separate discs). Place it in the refrigerator for two hours to chill.
  5. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Beat the other egg in a small bowl (for the egg wash).
  6. Take pieces of dough and roll them into half-inch balls. Place them on the cookie sheet about an inch apart and then press them down slightly with your palm to make a coin shape.
  7. Place an almond onto the middle of each cookie and lightly press it into place, then brush the surface of the cookie with some of the egg wash for a nice glaze.
  8. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until lightly golden and cooked through. Cool on a wire rack.


  • Once you finish step three the dough will be quite crumbly. The more you mix or knead it the more firm it gets.
  • Once it's in the refrigerator for a couple of hours it firms up a bit but will still remain crumbly.
  • Rolling the dough into balls will make the dough much more manageable.

Source: Simply Recipes

  • Author: Asian Caucasian
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 30 min
  • Cook Time: 17 min
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Chinese


  • Serving Size: cookies
  • Calories: 283
  • Sugar: 16.8 g
  • Sodium: 260.7 mg
  • Fat: 16.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30.8 g
  • Protein: 3.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 71.5 mg

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