Chinese Almond Cookies are soft and dense, super chewy and full of almond flavor! These bite-sized cookies with their glossy sheen are truly delicious. Good luck trying to stop after just one!
These are another of our favorite Christmas cookie must-haves. Unlike the large, crunchy almond cookies served in Chinese restaurants, these are small, dense and lightly scented with orange. You won’t be able to taste the orange after they are baked, but the citrus enhances the almond flavor.
We like our Christmas cookies miniature–that way you can try some of everything on the table! Plus, there is an elusive quality about bite-sized gems that accentuates the flavors. Good things come in small packages, so says the girl called Gidget. 🙂
Chinese Almond Cookies
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs (one to be used for egg wash)
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 2 teaspoons almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon water
- Slivered almonds, for topping
- Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat one of the eggs with sugar. Mix in oil, juice and extracts. Stir in flour mixture until well combined. Knead dough until smooth and roll into 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
- Beat remaining egg with water. Brush on top of cookies. Press a silvered almond into the top of each cookie and bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool.