Chinese Almond Cookies

There are cookies that are comforting and remind you of home.  Although I have a laundry list of cookies that do that for me, this specific recipe has a special place in my heart.  My mom has been making these when her and my dad were high school sweethearts almost 40 years ago.  There is no doubt that these are a family favorite.  What I love about these cookies is they are not overly sweet.  You know those type of cookies that you would be happy to eat after dinner with a nice cup of tea? Or a mid-afternoon treat? Yes, I am guilty of craving both sometimes.


I also happen to like that these cookies are dairy free which tends to come in handy from time to time.

Chinese Almond Cookies

  • Servings: 4 1/2 doz
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 slightly beaten egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/3 cup whole almonds


  1. Sift flour, sugar, soda, and salt together into a bowl.  Cut in butter till mixture resembles cornmeal.  Add egg and almond extract and mix well.
  2. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet.  Place an almond atop each cookie and press down to flatten slightly.  Bake in a 325°F oven for 15-18 minutes.  Cool in a wire rack.

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