Feb 28, 2014

Posted by LeAnn Johnson

~Chinese Almond Cookies~

WARNING: THESE COOKIES MAY CAUSE A SERIOUS ADDICTION. PREPARE AND EAT WITH EXTREME CAUTION!!! 

Cookies can be very sentimental. For many, they bring up fond memories and warm fuzzy feelings and they certainly do that for me. Snickerdoodles are one of those cookies but they are only my second favorite.  I will share my mom's fabulous recipe for Snickerdoodles soon but the recipe I'm going to share today is my #1 preferred cookie above all other cookies. My mom used to make these when I was young and she just told me today, that they are her very favorite cookie as well! I guess that explains why she make them all the time. They are called Chinese Almond Cookies. They are light and crispy with a wonderful buttery almond flavor. If you want to make something different and impressive then these cookies should be your choice but be prepared to be asked for the recipe if you do. They should be called Divine Cookies because of their heavenly flavor. These little treasures are great for any occasion but they are just classy and elegant enough to be served at weddings and other formal functions. 

So are you ready for your new obsession? Go ahead, make them but remember... I totally warned you!!! :-}
A light, crisp, buttery almond cookie. The taste is so classy that you can serve these at formal functions.
~Chinese Almond Cookie Recipe~
Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies

Preheat oven to 375.

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups Flour
2 1/2 cups Sugar
1 1/3 cup Shortening
1 tsp Almond Extract
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
Almonds (sliced)

In a large bowl, cream together sugar, shortening and almond extract. Beat 1 egg and add it to the mixture and set aside. 

In a separate bowl, sift flour. Add salt and baking soda and mix well. Combine dry mixture to your first bowl of ingredients and mix until everything is well blended. *(You can chill the but it is not required.) 

Roll the dough into medium size (1 inch) balls and place on greased cookie pan. Press your thumb on the top center of each cookie and place 1 to 3 almonds on top of thumbprint. 

Bake cookies 8 to 10 minutes. Check the cookies at 7 minutes because oven temps are different. Take the cookies out just before turning brown or immediately seeing a slight brown on edges. Let cool and enjoy!
~A light crisp cookie with buttery almond flavor. So tasteful and classy you can even serve it at weddings and other formal functions.

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