These Chinese Double Almond Cookies are super easy to make and taste exactly like the ones at the store! Make these for the Chinese New Year festivities! Happy Year of the Monkey!
- 3/4 cup almonds (california, the brown california ones)
- 1/4 cup Marcona almonds (the white spanish ones)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (if your almonds are seasoned you do not need this ingredient)
- 1 1/2 cups butter (softened)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
- 2 whole eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (this is an optional ingredient)
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- In a medium frying pan, evenly coat both types of almonds with the smidgiest amount of olive oil. Pan roast the almonds for 5 minutes on medium-high heat or until the nuts darken but haven't burned. Keep the pan moving!
- Salt and smash into small pieces.
- In a large bowl, cream the sugars and butter together with a hand mixer for 5 minutes until pale and fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition, and add the almond extract.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt to remove any large lumps. Add the flour and crushed almonds to the butter mixture in small additions (not as I did, as evidenced by the above picture).
- Line a cookie pan with parchment. Using a small cookie scoop, portion the cookies into 2 1/2 dozen cookies. Be careful, you may have to bake these in batches because the cookies do spread. In the center of each cookie, press a whole almond (go pretty deep) into the center. I like using a marcona almond because they're softer than the typical red almond, but the latter is more traditional. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the edges are golden and the tops look dry.
- Also, don't let the dough settle too long between mixing and baking. If you wait too long (like me, I was taking pictures), the butter soaks up the flour and the cookie loses its crispiness.
- Check out Chow Creations on the web for more recipes and tips!
PER SERVING *
|Calories180Calories from Fat110|
|% DAILY VALUE*|
|Calories from Fat110|
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.