Chinese New Year: Almond Cookies


Chinese New Year is this coming Sunday (the year of the snake!) so I thought I’d share with you all a traditional Chinese cookie. These little almond cookies symbolize coins and will give you good fortune in the new year :)

Growing up, we would have these almond cookies when they were gifted to us from having family friends over or whenever my parents just happened to buy them at the grocery store. I remember the very distinct almond flavor and the crunch of these cookies. They were probably one of my favorite Asian snacks as a child. What an American would have as their sugar cookie is what I would have with this almond cookie.

Years went by (haha, I make myself sound like I’m 60 and telling my grandkids a story) and I completely forgot about these cookies until a few weeks ago I was browsing Pinterest and I saw that someone pinned almond cookies. Nostalgia definitely struck me and I knew I had to make some immediately. The recipe made quite a few dozen and I gave several to my parents that weekend. I think they really enjoyed the homemade version. They hadn’t had them in a while either because they used to buy them for us when we were kids. It was definitely a memorable moment while we were sipping on tea and catching up.

If you’ve never had these cookies before, they remind me of shortbread cookies. They’re more crunchy and less flakey than a shortbread cookie, though. The almond flavoring is just right and I love that it’s not a hint of almond, but it’s like a burst of almond because of all the almond ingredients involved (not just the almond extract). I love that flavor. The buttery-ness rounds it all out. I love this crispy cookie! It’s SO easy to put together and it makes a bunch. If you’re going to a Chinese New Year celebration this weekend, I’m sure these will be a hit :)

Chinese Almond Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
17 mins
Total Time
27 mins

These traditional Chinese Almond Cookies symbolize coins and will give you good fortune in the new year!

Servings: 3 dozen
  • 1 1/3 cup almond flour, lightly packed
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Sliced almonds
  1. Place the almond flour, butter, and salt into the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Beat on low speed for 3 minutes. The mixture will be coarse and chunky looking.
  2. Add one of the eggs, reserving one for later, and the almond extract. Beat together until just incorporated.
  3. Whisk together flour, sugar, and baking soda in a medium bowl and add to the stand mixer. Mix until just combined.
  4. Pour mixture out onto saran wrap and form into a disc. Wrap it up and chill in the fridge for 2 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Beat the egg you saved in a small bowl and have a pastry brush ready.
  6. Take pieces of dough and roll them into balls, about 1 inch wide. Place on the prepared baking sheet and gently press them down with your palms to flatten into coin shapes.
  7. Take your pastry brush and brush the tops of the cookies generously with the egg wash then place a sliced almond on top, pressing gently to keep it in place.
  8. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until the cookies start to turn a dark golden color on top.
  9. Remove and let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Recipe Notes

Source: Simply Recipes


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Posted on February 08, 2013

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  1. 02/08/2013 at 6:34 am

    They sound really tasty – definitely an excellent way to celebrate the new year!

  2. 02/08/2013 at 7:40 am

    I love following all of your recipes… Love your photos too.

  3. 02/08/2013 at 8:16 am

    Beautiful cookies!!! I know they must taste amazing, too! Lovely recipe.

  4. 02/08/2013 at 8:41 am

    Happy New Year Julie! And I love almond cookies, but have never tried making them. Thanks for sharing your story and the recipe.

  5. 02/08/2013 at 8:47 am

    Almonds and almond flavoring are some of my favorites!!

  6. 02/08/2013 at 9:10 am

    Happy New Year! And I love these cookies, I’ve tried them before, and your version looks amazing!

  7. 02/08/2013 at 9:44 am

    What a great posts and delectable looking cookies–they would be perfect with ice cream!

  8. 02/08/2013 at 9:55 am

    These cookies are making my mouth water! Yum!!

  9. 02/08/2013 at 9:56 am

    I am dying! Nostalgia attack! My neighbors growing up would bake these once a week and I was always over there eating them. THey are the most amazing cookies, and I cannot wait to make them for my kids- thank you SO MUCH for this recipe!!

  10. 02/08/2013 at 9:57 am

    These cookies are beautiful! They almost look too perfect to eat!

  11. Judy
    02/08/2013 at 10:14 am

    These sound sooo good…is almond flour readily available? Like local grocery store available?

    • 02/08/2013 at 11:27 am

      Yes, they should be! Check the gluten-free section of your grocery store.

  12. JuneA**
    02/08/2013 at 10:18 am

    Popping by from Pinterest..I love almond cookies and haven’t had them for ages..thanks for sharing the recipe!

  13. 02/08/2013 at 10:23 am

    These were my favorite cookies growing up. Can’t wait to make them!

  14. 02/08/2013 at 10:28 am

    I love almond cookies and your look amazing!

  15. 02/08/2013 at 10:42 am

    Those cookies look so good! I don’t use almond flour nearly enough!

  16. 02/08/2013 at 12:33 pm

    I love almond cookies! Yours look so good. It is so interesting to see all the different traditions connected with Chinese New Year and how they differ from country to country. We just arrived in Vietnam. Flowers, especially yellow ones, seem to be a big part of the celebrations here :)

  17. 02/08/2013 at 12:38 pm

    I didn’t have almond cookies until I was an adult, and I seriously think I ate an entire dozen in ten minutes. What is it with these things? Can not stop eating them.

  18. 02/08/2013 at 1:30 pm

    They looks absolutely adorable.
    Thank you for posting this recipe !

  19. 02/08/2013 at 2:35 pm

    I’ve always loved almond cookies! Thanks for sharing a homemade version!

  20. 02/08/2013 at 2:39 pm

    They look delicious! I’m always up for trying a new cookie recipe, and can’t wait to bite into these!

  21. 02/08/2013 at 3:07 pm

    I am going to celebrate now!

  22. 02/08/2013 at 3:08 pm

    I love almond cookies! Thanks for posting–hoping to try these soon. Have a great weekend.

  23. 02/08/2013 at 5:10 pm

    these sound absolutely perfect!

  24. 02/08/2013 at 6:00 pm

    I could go through boxed of these like whoa~!

  25. 02/08/2013 at 7:49 pm

    The little almond on top is so cute! I love them. Mmm, why didnt you send any to me?? ;)

  26. 02/08/2013 at 8:19 pm

    I love anything almond, what pretty cookies!

  27. jeri
    02/08/2013 at 8:29 pm

    In the olden days (back when we walked to school in the snow with no shoes) we would grind almonds up in the blender or food prcessor and put through a sieve to remove the chunks. Almond flour…ta da! You just need to be careful not to overgrind or you get almond butter. So even if you can’t find almond flour, you can still make these cookies, and you’ll be happy you did. Gung hay fat choy!

  28. 02/08/2013 at 10:54 pm

    These sound scrumptious!

  29. 02/09/2013 at 10:14 am

    Totally going on 60 ;) White walking sneakers and all.

  30. 02/09/2013 at 1:11 pm

    These cookies wouldn’t make it an hour out of the oven around me! Totally making these tomorrow. Happy New Year, love!

  31. Sheri
    02/09/2013 at 4:54 pm

    Went to Trader Joe’s this morning. They only had fine ground almond meal (like flour but skins on). My dough is chilling now. I am afraid it will have freckles instead of being the beautiful golden color of yours, but delicious none the less. Happy New Year!

  32. 02/10/2013 at 10:51 am

    I love these cookies! Yours are gorgeous!

  33. Van
    02/10/2013 at 9:05 pm

    Thank you for sharing, I just made these, I didn’t have almond flour so I just ground some almonds up in my Vitamix and they turned out delicious. Sending them to school with my son’s kindergarten class to celebrate tomorrow, I am sure everyone will love them as much as I do.

  34. 02/10/2013 at 9:31 pm

    I’ve never had this type of almond cookie, but I love, love, love almond extract so I’m almost positive these would be quickly devoured here!

  35. 02/11/2013 at 9:13 am

    I love almonds and I’m really looking forward to trying these. I wish I’d seen this post earlier and made it for the weekend!

  36. 02/11/2013 at 8:57 pm

    Happy Chinese New Year Julie!! I love almond cookies and yours look better than anyhting i’ve ever made before!

  37. Dianne
    06/25/2014 at 12:08 pm

    These are truly the most amazing almond cookies I’ve ever made! Actually, the best cookie ever, period. The only adjustment I made was to reduce the sugar to 3/4 cup. And I ground skinless sliced almonds for the almond flour. My husband loves these cookies & so does the rest of my family. Thanks for sharing!

    • Julie
      06/25/2014 at 3:37 pm

      They’re my favorite too! Glad you and your husband love them :)

  38. 11/22/2014 at 1:00 pm

    Hi Julie,
    Garrett McCord developed this recipe for Simply Recipes. I’m so glad you liked them!

  39. Melanie
    03/01/2015 at 2:38 pm

    Made these for lunar new year and they were perfect! I prefer them over the ones from my local Chinese bakery. Furthermore, my boyfriend isnt fond of sweets and I practically had to wrestle him to keep him away from the cookies before dinner. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

    • Julie
      03/01/2015 at 5:07 pm

      This is so awesome to hear, Melanie! :)

  40. Adel
    11/07/2015 at 2:50 pm

    My cookies spread even though I kept he temperature exactly as stated in your recipe. Please suggest what I can do different next I me to keep the same round small shape.

    • Julie
      11/09/2015 at 6:13 am

      Did you put the dough in the fridge for the intended amount of time of 2 hours?

  41. adel
    11/09/2015 at 4:00 pm

    Yes I did keep the dough in the fridge for two hours.

    • Julie
      11/10/2015 at 6:42 am

      You probably need to keep them in the fridge slightly longer OR don’t press it as flat before baking.

  42. Laum
    02/08/2016 at 7:51 am

    This recipe was so delicious! How long will the dough last in the fridge if I wanted to prepare it?

    • Julie
      02/08/2016 at 10:24 am

      It should last quite a bit..I would say max 3 days.

  43. Kat
    03/15/2016 at 8:21 pm

    I made these tonight, they were delicious! I added lemon zest to the sugar which was a great addition. I think the oven should be at 350 instead of 325. Excellent texture and flavor. Thank you!

  44. peregrination
    04/09/2016 at 3:25 am

    Looks delicious and saved for later! xx cathy

  45. Sherri
    01/08/2017 at 12:12 am

    Just made them. My husband likes the ones he buys in the store. I wanted a recipe that used almond flour, so chose this one to make. Everyone loves them. Thanks for the recipe!

  46. Larissa
    01/20/2017 at 10:49 pm

    Approximately how many cookies does this recipe make?

    • Julie
      01/22/2017 at 8:39 am

      3 dozen, sorry, was written wrong in the servings section.

  47. Teresa
    02/08/2017 at 8:19 pm

    Made these and love them! I only used 1 cup of sugar instead of what the recipe called for, and it came out pretty good.

  48. Terrie
    09/24/2017 at 9:50 pm

    Just made a batch of these and they are delicious! Light and crunchy with a burst of almond. Recipes was fast and easy to put together. Will definitely make these again! Thank you.

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