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Chinese Almond Cookies


Chinese New Year is coming up 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 :)

4.89 from 9 votes

Chinese Almond Cookies

These traditional Chinese Almond Cookies symbolize coins and will give you good fortune in the new year!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 17 mins
Total Time: 27 mins
Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 3 dozen
Calories: 198kcal
Author: Julie Chiou


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Add one of the eggs, reserving one for later, and the almond extract. Beat together until just incorporated.
  • Whisk together flour, sugar, and baking soda in a medium bowl and add to the stand mixer. Mix until just combined.
  • Pour mixture out onto saran wrap and form into a disc. Wrap it up and chill in the fridge for 2 hours.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes or until the cookies start to turn a dark golden color on top.
  • Remove and let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


Source: Simply Recipes
Nutrition Facts
Chinese Almond Cookies
Amount Per Serving (2 cookies)
Calories 198 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 2g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 

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Recipe Rating

Robert Lee

Monday 31st of August 2020

Fine recipe with two exceptions. Forget the egg wash. No Chinese restaurant almond cookie you ever had had an egg wash coating. It’s not only inauthentic, it browns before the cookie and you have to take out the cookie before it’s thoroughly done. It should be crisp all the way through without being brown. Without the egg you can cook the cookie through for three more minutes. 20 minutes.

The next thing is the kosher salt. Where that idea came from is a mystery. Salt in a sweet recipe Is merely to round out the flavor and should not be detectable. Kosher salt has large grains. You can actually taste the salt if the grains wind up on your tongue because the grain is so large. NEVER use kosher salt in sweet recipes where the salt will not be dissolved. And even then don’t use it. It’s just a stupid fad. Save it for a steak. Other than these two things it’s a great recipe.


Wednesday 17th of June 2020

I couldn't find almond flour. Is it possible to only use all purpose flour?

Julie Wampler

Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

no, unfortunately not


Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

This was such a great recipe. And tasted just like the ones I ate as kid. Follows the recipe basically to a T. Just before chilling I formed a rectangle of sorts, that ways later i can just evenly divide into squares cut out and form into ball (I hope that made sense). I love to bake but I have a disability, and making cookies tend to be a lot of work for me. But this was so simple, and come out perfectly.


Wednesday 8th of April 2020

What can I substitute for butter? Thanks

Julie Wampler

Saturday 11th of April 2020

It's the main ingredient of this recipe and I haven't tested it with any other fat so unfortunately, nothing.

Robert Lee

Tuesday 17th of March 2020