A traditional treat for the Chinese New Year, these Lunar New Year Almond Cookies symbolize coins and are meant to bring you good fortune and prosperity in the new year.
Plus, they’re absolutely delicious with a crisp outer crust and tender, chewy middle.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon pure almond extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup whole natural almonds
- 1 Preheat oven to 325°F.
- 2 Whisk egg in a bowl, remove 1 tablespoon and put in a small dish; reserve.
- 3 Combine butter and sugar, cream well.
- 4 Add in almond extract.
- 5 Combine flour, baking soda, salt in a bowl and slowly add to wet mixture.
- 6 Add remaining egg to wet mixture and beat until well integrated.
- 7 On a parchment lined baking sheet, place 1-inch balls of dough approximately two inches apart.
- 8 Using the bottom of a drinking glass, gently press the balls flat until they are approximately ¼-inch thick.
- 9 Place a whole almond in the middle of each and press down gently.
- 10 In a bowl, combine reserved 1 tablespoon egg and 1 teaspoon water; whisk to blend. Lightly brush topside of cookies.
- 11 Bake 15 minutes, remove from pan and place on a cooling rack.