Chinese Almond Cookies

Chinese Almond Cookies

Chinese almond cookies infused with almonds inside and out, including one of the most delectable creations on earth, almond paste, the main reason I find myself drawn to them.

Almonds decorate the top plus they call for amaretto or almond extract, an ingredient that drives that almond flavor home. Almost every bite is filled with 3 forms of almonds.

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The cookies have crackly edges from being rolled in sugar and shiny tops from being brushed with an egg wash before baking. They are totally delicious and easy to make “refrigerator” cookies or slice ‘n’ bakes. The dough is formed into a log, briefly chilled and sliced into rounds for baking.

They are a perfect tea cookie and although they may not look all that impressive there is more to them than meets the eye. Think you’ll just eat one? Think again. One easily turns into two turns into no less than six. After recovering from that their just might be a second round.

Sneaky, unassuming little treats for almond and cookie lovers alike.

Almond Cookies

Chinese Almond Cookies

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Chinese Almond Cookies

Chinese almond cookies are the perfect little tea cookies!


2 ½ cups of all purpose flour
1 ½ tsp of baking powder
12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch pieces
¾ cup granulated sugar plus ¼ cup for rolling
½ cup almond paste
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
¼ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon amaretto or ½ teaspoon almond extract
1 large egg
1 large egg white, beaten
1/2 cup blanched whole almonds or sliced almonds


  1. Sift the flour and baking powder together in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. In a separate, large mixing bowl cream the butter on medium speed until pale yellow, about two minutes. Add the sugar, almond paste, zest, salt and amaretto, beat on medium speed until smooth 1 - 2 minutes.
  3. On low speed beat in egg then add the flour gradually and beat until incorporated.
  4. Transfer the dough to parchment paper and form log about 2 inches wide and 12 - 13 inches long. Fold the parchment over the log and place inside a cardboard paper towel roll that has been cut lengthwise to help it hold its round shape. Chill for 1 - 2 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpats.
  6. Once the dough is chilled unroll it from the parchment and roll in the remaining sugar.
  7. Use a paring knife to cut 1/3-inch rounds off the log and place 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Brush each one with the egg white and press a whole or sliced almond into the center of each, making patterns if you like.
  8. Place the cookies two inch apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  9. Bake one sheet at a time for 12 - 14 minutes or until lightly golden brown around the edges. Let cool 10 minutes on pan before removing to wire racks to cool completely.


Adapted from The Secrets of Baking: Simple Techniques for Sophisticated Desserts

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  1. Liz says

    Thanks Reeni. These look nice and actually I’ve never seen a recipe for them. Have a great weekend!

  2. says

    I remember eating these when I was little. Although back then, I didn’t care for the almonds (I love them now). I was more of a chocolate chip cookies kinda gal. But this looks just like the ones I used to have, down to the sliced almonds on top. I bet the homemade ones taste magical! Oooh, I wish I could have some!!! Well done Reeni! :)

  3. mary s. says

    At most Chinese restaurants in California I was always served these cookies with tea at the end of any meal..Now it is all fortune cookies which I hate…I have looked high and low for this recipe, bazooonga as Leonard would say on The Big Bang Theory, cannot wait until it gets a little cooler to make these for very special friends with some Monkey King organic tea, oh, my goodness! Thanks for printing the recipe!

    • says

      You’re welcome Mary! We enjoyed them after eating Chinese food! They were the perfect ending. I don’t like fortune cookies either – they taste kind of like plastic.

  4. Doris says

    Happy Saturday Reeni!
    I never realized how easy the cookies are to make—I buy them all the time from an Asian mart near our house but now I can make them at home!! You always seem to profile a recipe that is a fav of mine—you must be telepathic!!!

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