Chinese Restaurant Almond Cookies

Chinese Restaurant Almond Cookies

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  • Prep

    40 m
  • Cook

    15 m
  • Ready In

    55 m
Recipe by  Rosina

“It's been said that the lard is what produces the traditional taste. However, if desired, butter or margarine may be substituted for very satisfactory results.”

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Original recipe yields 4 dozen



  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Sift flour, sugar, baking soda and salt together into a bowl. Cut in the lard until mixture resembles cornmeal. Add egg and almond extract. Mix well.
  3. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Set them 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Place an almond on top of each cookie and press down to flatten slightly.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges of the cookies are golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes.

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Haha, I had this recipe in my cupboard but tweeked it a little. I make it every year during the holidays and everyone scrambles for more - in fact my mother-in-law hides them from the kids so she can finish them herself!! What I tweeked was using almond slivers instead of whole almonds and added a light eggwash glaze before putting the almond on top. Gives a great golden colour, or I suppose you could use food colouring. Cutting in the butter (I use half butter, half butter flavoured Crisco) is a must! It keeps the center moist. I make my cookies a little bigger, so they cook for 20mins on 325*F. I also upped the sugar by 1/4c. and doubled the almond extract (trippling it gives a rich almond flavour). They come out looking a bit undone, but prick them with a toothpick and you'll see that they're well done :) Even without the eggwash, they're darn good!!



I also used half butter and half (butter-flavored) Crisco. Fabulous results, but I must mention I made half shaped as balls, and put half through my cookie press. I strongly preferred the latter. The presentation was nice, but the crunch of the little ones was awesome! For those, I used an interesting disk shape, and arranged almond slices on top to go along with the design. Beautiful! I'll go heavier on the extract next time.



these were so easy and they tasted great. I rolled the dough into a log and chilled it. Then I used my Pampered Chef crinkle cutter to cut them into about 1/4" slices. Placed a couple almond slices on each one and baked them. My mother-in-law asked me where I bought them. :-) how cool is that!

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Amount Per Serving (48 total)

  • Calories
  • 89 cal
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 5.1 g
  • 8%
  • Carbs
  • 9.9 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 39 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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