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Chinese Almond Cookies
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1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

1 teaspoon almond extract

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

48 whole blanched almonds

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg (yolk only)

1 tablespoon water

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine butter and sugar in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add egg and almond extract; beat until well mixed. Add flour, baking powder and salt; beat at low speed until well mixed.

  3. STEP 3

    Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Place, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly; press almond into center of each cookie.

  4. STEP 4

    Beat egg yolk with water in bowl; brush cookies evenly with egg mixture. Bake 11-15 minutes or until just set.

Tip #1

- These cookies were traditionally made with lard in China because pork is plentiful. We've changed to butter instead for a richer flavor and slightly crisper texture. Far more flavorful than the fortune cookie, keep them on hand, baked and ready, in your freezer.

Tip #2

- To blanch almonds for easy skin removal, place almonds in bowl; cover with boiling water. Let stand 1-2 minutes; drain. Cool; remove skins by rubbing.

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