Chinese Almond Cookies

User rating: 5 out of 5 stars (2) Reviews

Featured in the February 2022 - Hookui newsletter.
Recipe compliments of Dorothy Chun Mau, Palolo Chinese Home.


Chinese Almond Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Red food coloring


  1. Heat oven to 325°F.
  2. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, egg and almond extract until mixture is lumpy.
  4. Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix well.
  5. Form and roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheets.
  6. Lightly flatten the ball.
  7. Put a few drops of food coloring in a shallow dish.
  8. Dip end of a chopstick into food coloring and stamp a red dot in the center of each cookie ball.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes.
  10. Cool.

Makes 60 cookies.

Approximate Nutrient Analysis per cookie:
70 calories, 3 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 55 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 1 g protein


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Great recipe! I used vegan butter and they were little morsels of yumminess! I followed the previous review and used 3 tsp of almond extract. Nice almond flavor. I had to add baking time. I baked them for about 25 minutes instead of 15. A beautiful combo of crunchy outside and melt-in-your-mouth middle. Definitely a keeper! Mahalo!

by ANONYMOUS on 4/9/2022

This recipe is really good! The cookies came out crunchy and tasty. I doubled the amount of Almond Extract (4 tsps.) Because I like the almond flavor to be strong. Also, using butter (softened, not melted) instead of crisco as this recipe called for is excellent, because you don't get that oily film in your mouth after eating the cookies. Great recipe ??.

by ANONYMOUS on 3/1/2022