Almond Cookies (Dim Sum Variety)

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These almond cookies are what you would typically find in Chinese dim sum restaurants in Hawaii. A lot of these neighborhood dim sum stores/restaurants have closed down recently, so it's nice to be able to still enjoy these cookies from your own kitchen. If you enjoy the flavor of almonds, you'll love these cookies. This is a simple recipe and is a favorite in my family. Give it a try!

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
48 cookies

Ingredients

  • red food coloring

  • 1 cup vegetable shortening, plus

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Pour a few drops of red food coloring into a small bowl, and set aside.

  2. With an electric mixer, beat the shortening together with the sugar in a mixing bowl until creamy. Beat in the egg and almond extract.

  3. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir the flour mixture into the sugar-shortening mixture, and mix well. Scoop up a scant tablespoon of dough with a spoon, and form into a walnut-sized ball. Place the ball onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and press the ball slightly with your thumb to create a flat spot on top (don't flatten the cookie). Dip the end of a bamboo chopstick into the red food coloring, and touch the center of each cookie to make a red dot.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until slightly browned, 15 to 18 minutes. Cool on a rack.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

173 Calories
11g Fat
18g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 173
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 78mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 2g
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 17mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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