Chinese Almond Cookies
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Crunchy, sweet almond cookies are a popular Chinese treat with hot tea, but also make an easier alternative to homemade fortune cookies for dessert.
- 1 cup (1/2 pound) lard or vegetable shortening
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon almond extract
- pinch of salt
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons water
- whole blanched almonds for garnish
1Preheat the oven to 300°F. Grease 2 baking sheets.
2Beat 1 cup (1/2 pound) lard or vegetable shortening (at room temperature) with 1 cup granulated sugar until creamy. Beat in 1 tablespoon almond extract and a pinch of salt, then beat in 3 cups all-purpose flour, a little at a time. The dough will be crumbly.
3Shape spoonfuls of dough into flat, round cookies about 2 inches in diameter. (The edges of the cookies will have cracks.) Transfer to the prepared pans.
4Beat together 1 egg yolk and 2 tablespoons water and brush it atop the cookies. Press a whole blanched almond into the center of each cookie.
5Bake for 30 minutes, or until lightly golden. Cool slightly, then transfer to a wire rack to cool fully. Store in an airtight container. Makes 4 dozen.
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