Chinese Almond Cookies

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    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
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    • 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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  • Kathryn says:

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

  • Julie says:

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

  • Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch says:

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

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

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

  • [email protected] Food Ramblings says:

    Almonds and almond flavoring are some of my favorites!!

  • Audra | The Baker Chick says:

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

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

  • Jenny Flake says:

    These cookies are making my mouth water! Yum!!

  • Heather Christo says:

    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!!

  • Culinary Collage says:

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

  • Judy says:

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

    • Julie says:

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

  • JuneA** says:

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

  • Traci says:

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

  • marla says:

    I love almond cookies and your look amazing!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

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

  • Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations says:

    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 :)

  • Jackie @ Domestic Fits says:

    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.

  • The Sketched Chef says:

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

  • Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen says:

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

  • Marian (Sweetopia) says:

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

  • maria says:

    I am going to celebrate now!

  • Julia says:

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

  • a farmer in the dell says:

    these sound absolutely perfect!

  • Gaby says:

    I could go through boxed of these like whoa~!

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

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

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    I love anything almond, what pretty cookies!

  • jeri says:

    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!

  • DessertForTwo says:

    These sound scrumptious!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

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

  • ashley - baker by nature says:

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

  • Sheri says:

    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!

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    I love these cookies! Yours are gorgeous!

  • Van says:

    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.

  • Tracey says:

    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!

  • Monica says:

    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!

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

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

  • Dianne says:

    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 says:

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

  • Elise says:

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

  • Melanie says:

    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 says:

      This is so awesome to hear, Melanie! :)

  • Adel says:

    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 says:

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

  • adel says:

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

    • Julie says:

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

  • Laum says:

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

    • Julie says:

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

  • Kat says:

    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!

  • peregrination says:

    Looks delicious and saved for later! xx cathy

  • Sherri says:

    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!

  • Larissa says:

    Approximately how many cookies does this recipe make?

    • Julie says:

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

  • Teresa says:

    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.

  • Terrie says:

    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.

  • Celeste Morrison says:

    I made these cookies for a work party and they were a hit! I made them mini style and they aren’t as pretty as yours but they look and taste exactly like they would from a local Chinese bakery. This recipe is easy enough for someone who rarely bakes and they come out perfect!!!!

  • Lisa says:

    Happy New Year! I want to try your recipe, sounds yummy! I never knew The symbol of the almond cookie. I enjoyed your story.

    Now i need to find almond flour! I look forward to trying your other recipes.

    • Julie says:

      Thanks! Happy New Year to you too! Enjoy!

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