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Sunday, 15 January 2012

Chinese New Year Almond Cookies

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Chinese New Year is a time for reunion, celebrations and feasting!! I haven't spent Chinese New Year back home for such a long time. 5 years in fact so what's the best thing to do to make myself feel better?? Bake some CNY goodies!! Didn't have to do so last Chinese New Year as my then fiance's father blessed us with loads of goodies when he came over. No 'special' delivery this year so I'll just have to bake some! Home baked goodies will definitely be better than the expensive ones being sold in Chinatown. Agreed?

Almond cookies are one of the traditional cookies that's enjoyed during the festivities. It so happened that Su-Yin over at Bread et Butter posted up the recipe so i didn't have to look too far for a great recipe. The result of this easy recipe was a meltingly crumbly cookie with a pretty cracked appearance like what it should be. Simply lovely!
Adapted from Bread et Butter
Ingredients (Makes about 50)

2 cups ground almonds
2 cups plain flour
3/4 cup golden icing sugar
1 cup light olive oil
pinch of salt
1 egg, beaten

Method
1. Dry fry the ground almonds in a wide non-stick pan (over medium heat), until they start to become fragrant and lightly browned, taking care not to burn the almonds.
2. Heat the oven to 180 deg C. 
3. Place the ground almonds, flour, sugar and salt in a bowl, and mix with a spatula until well combined.
4. In a food processor, pour in the dry mix and slowly trickle the oil while pulsing, until a cohesive dough is formed.
5. Form the dough into 2cm balls, and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Press down lightly with a chopstick or straw to form the indentation you see in the cookie.
6. Glaze lightly with the beaten egg.
7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.




50 comments:

  1. delicious! They look very nice!

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  2. Dear Sylvia,

    I love these cookies coz they are savoury and often so fluffy and light. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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    1. Give it a go soon and i'm sure you'll be very happy with it.

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  3. And they look lovely, Sylvia. When is Chinese New Year this year?

    Thanks so much for sharing...

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    1. It's this coming monday, Jan 23rd.

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  4. I don't remember trying this, maybe I did without realising. They sound awesome.
    I am guessing in future your inlaws and parents will be expecting deliveries from you:)

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    1. Am sure you'll love this too!
      haha I definitely don't mind making them some of these beauties.

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  5. Happy CNY! Gong Xi Fa Cai! wow 5 years is quite a long time to be away. I just baked peanut cookies too, haven't thought of making almond.. yours look so pretty!

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    1. Gong Xi Fa Cai! Xin Nian Kuai Le!!
      I think peanut ones will taste even better as it'll be more fragrant.

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  6. So pretty and surely delicious! I bet their texture is amazing.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Thanks Rosa. The texture was nice and crumbly, just what i like.

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    1. Thanks Lizzy! Am glad that you introduced me to your blog too!

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    1. We really did and am planning to make some more to give to friends! Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe!

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  9. One of my favorite CNY cookies! :)

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  10. This sounds delicious! I am planning to bake these cookies too!

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    1. Great!! Am sure you'll enjoy them too!

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  11. Wow, this is really very beautiful and just so festive!:) I was also planning on posting some of the early cookies/goodies we have just gotten this week from friends...can't believe it's less than a week to the Lunar New Year!;)

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    1. Am looking forward to your post! and yes!! it's almost here!!

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  12. Oh these almond cookies look so good and moist. I was at Shannon's site (Just As Delish) and hopped over. You have really pretty photos and can't wait to be back. Here's wishing you and your family Gong Hei Fatt Choy too!! Cheers, Jo

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    1. Thanks for dropping by and for the compliments. Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and your family too!

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  13. These cookies look so cute with the little holes! I love almond cookies, cakes, anything, so I'm sure I would enjoy them.

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    1. Looks like you should give these a go soon!

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  14. Until recent years I didn't know that almond cookies are related to Chinese New Year thing. I love almond cookies and I should make it from scratch one day as it sounds easy (for me) to make! Love your New Year presentation of these cookies - really beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Nami. It's really easy to make but I hardly think that anything would be too difficult for you! :)

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    2. That's too kind Sylvia... I kind of burnt the cake that I baked the other day. I don't have much of common sense in terms of baking. I hope to improve my baking skills so I can bake with confident. =) Hope you are having good holiday!

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  15. i love how simple and almond-y they are. almonds are my favorite snack :). hope you are having a wonderful week so far Sylvia!

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    1. Thanks Junia. Enjoy the rest of the week!

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  16. wow every Chinese New Year my neighbors send us some of this cookies and tikoy. And it is nice that you post the recipe I love to try it.

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    1. It's pretty easy to make it yourself. :)

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  17. What beautiful little cookies! I didn't realize that almonds cookies were traditional for Chinese New Year, but then I don't know much about CNY. However, because of the mats that are used at a Chinese restaurant that I frequent, I know that I'm a dragon and 2012 is the year of the dragon. :) I should do something special next week, like make these wonderful cookies! They look simple enough for a non-baker like me and I know we'd love them. Have a wonderful CNY celebration!

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    1. Thanks MJ! It's easy so you won't have a problem with it at all! Happy Baking!

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  18. These cookies looks so beautiful and delicious!!!
    I love almond cookies, I love how simple yet delicious these are.

    Wishing you wonderful New Year...

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  19. happy Chinese year Sylvia. The cookies are looking great!

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  20. Wonderful recipe! Can't wait to try it!

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    1. Hope you'll enjoy it as much as i did! :)

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  21. They look delicious, but I'm curious... why do you indent the middle with a chopstick?

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    1. It's just a pattern that normally used for this kind of cookies. :)
      Thanks for visiting!

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  22. They look awesome...would love to try!

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    1. Give it a go and hope that you'll like them!

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  23. Hi thanks for the recipe. Can i simply add the oil to the dry mix while mixing with, say, a spatula? I don't own a food processor..

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    1. Hi! Yes, that would work too. :)

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  24. What a great idea to use oil instead of lard or butter, right? Happy (almost) National Almond Cookie day!

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