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Recipe: Chinese Almond Cookies



These delicious almond shortbread cookies are a staple in Chinese-American households during the holidays.

Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter-flavored shortening (such as Crisco)
2 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
Almond halves or slivers

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325˚.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder.
  3. Add the shortening, egg, and almond extract; knead the ingredients until just combined (do not overknead).
  4. Place 1-inch balls of the dough on 2 ungreased cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart. Place an almond half or sliver in the center of each, pressing down slightly. Bake 1820 minutes, until cookies are big and yellow (avoid overbaking).
For larger cookies, make larger dough balls. Makes about 30 cookies.

Recipe from Susan Caughman.

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