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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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the edges of the cookies are golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

89 calories; 5.1 g total fat; 8 mg cholesterol; 39 mg sodium. 9.9 g carbohydrates; 1.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
12/11/2006
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!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/15/2011
Needed to make changes to recipe after reading reviews it was obvious that the dough was going to be too dry. So I was careful not to add all the flour and at 2 1/4 cups it started to get crumbly. Did use 3 tsp of almond extract as well. Baked with egg wash on top it also helped hold the almond in place and gave the cookie a more traditional appearance kept in oven for 20 min till light golden brown. With all the recommended changes it was a nice Chinese cookie. Read More
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164 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 123
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 4 stars
12/11/2006
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!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/11/2006
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!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2004
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2008
I was looking for the chinese almond cookie recipe for my 11 yr old daughter(she loves those cookies). I followed the recipe per the directions even using the lard. I was very skeptical about these but alas I really enjoyed them. And my children especially the 11 yr old loved them (as well as my 5 yr old nephew who kept asking "Auntie can I get another cookie" Over and Over again. I had some pop up guest and they really enjoyed these cookies. One even took some home. I will try the butter/shortening combo to see if it will also be a hit. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2005
I've made these a number of times and they are absolutly wonderful. I always up the extract by at least 3 fold. For those that have crumbly dough maybe try using a larger egg (like jumbo). It could add just enough moisture to help keep it together. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/16/2010
After reading EVERY review I decided to make these cookies using butter and crisco (I had never cooked with lard before so why start now right?). While the cookie came out quite tasty it was far from authentic. If you are going for authenticity you absolutely MUST use lard yellow food coloring (10 drops) and egg wash for the tops of the cookies. Once you roll the cookies into 1 inch balls - DO NOT use your hands to flatten cookies (the egg wash will sink into the grooves placed by your fingers and the result will be a striped cookie) use a small glass or other cookie flattening object. I flattened mine to about 1/4 inch. When egg washing be sure to only do the tops and not the sides. 325 degrees for 20 minutes was perfect. The cookies came out nice and crisp. I also found that the next day they tasted even better! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2010
I just made these and they are so...o good. It is exactly how these cookies are suppose to turn out. I am Chinese and I got to say this receipe was on the dot. The only change I made which was suggested was add 2 more teaspoons of almond extract. I used almond slices instead of whole almonds since thats how they sell them in Chinese stores. Also as suggested in another review I flattened them with a glass and brushed egg wash. They came out fantastic. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2003
These cookies are so good you can't stop eating them! I didn't have lard. We used half butter and half Crisco. They were still awesome! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2007
great recipe the cookies taste exactly like those i bought in chinese bakery and easy to make too. i did increase the amount of almond extract to 3 tsp though. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/15/2011
Needed to make changes to recipe after reading reviews it was obvious that the dough was going to be too dry. So I was careful not to add all the flour and at 2 1/4 cups it started to get crumbly. Did use 3 tsp of almond extract as well. Baked with egg wash on top it also helped hold the almond in place and gave the cookie a more traditional appearance kept in oven for 20 min till light golden brown. With all the recommended changes it was a nice Chinese cookie. Read More
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