Chinese Almond Cookies

I admire so many things about the Asian cultures, people and their food. I especially love that I get to share in a bit of the culture by living in multicultural Western Sydney. The hustle and bustle of the marketplace, people calling out for you to try their fresh produce, families enjoying freshly made meals, teaching their children about their roots, just fills me with joy!

I wanted to try making something traditional to celebrate Chinese New Year 2019. If you frequent Asian grocery stores like I do, there’s a good chance that you will have seen these cookies before. Some of you may have even had these as treats growing up. The soft, crumbly, almond flavoured delicacies are truly amazing, especially paired with a cup of tea! The great thing about them is, you can have them any time of the year…

Give them a go, with my version of the traditional recipe, below.

Ingredients:

1 cup Almond Meal

2 cups Plain flour

1 cup cubed Butter

1 cup caster sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg

1 tsp almond extract

Method:

1) Cream together the butter and sugar.

2) Add in the flour, almond meal, baking powder, baking soda, salt and almond extract and combine to form a dough.

3) Chill the dough in the fridge for an hour at least.

4) Roll the dough into balls, place them on a greased and lined baking tray, and flatten them slightly with your palm.

5) Give each cookie a slight egg wash, and place one piece of sliced almond in the centre of each.

6) Bake the cookies in a pre- heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius until golden brown.

** the cookies will be soft, but will harden slightly as they cool. Don’t be impatient, leave them on the tray to cool completely before packaging the cookies.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, and that you have a go at making these cookies for your loved ones! If you would like to collaborate with me, or, if you would like to make any suggestions or even provide some feedback, please feel free to contact me.

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @nazzybaker and like and share this post with your friends.

Until next time…. happy baking!

xxx Nazzy Baker xxx

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Nazzy’s take on the Argentinian Alfajores 

Friday nights at my place are usually spent watching the food network, Food Safari on sbs, The Living Room’s chef Miguel, and Better Homes and Gardens fast Ed. (It’s a battle of the channels, flicking to each show during ad breaks)

Last Friday night I was inspired by an Argentinian Chef who made the traditional caramel cookie called Alfajores.

Alfajores can be described as a crumbly shortbread cookie, sandwiched with a caramel filling also known as dulce de Leche.

On Saturday morning, I set out to shop for all the ingredients I needed to make the Alfajores. I was determined to nail this recipe so that I can make it again for Eid celebrations in 3 weeks time 🙂

I happened to do just that! They were a huge success, and were demolished in no time by family and friends – which is always a good sign.

Here’s how I made them:

Ingredients:

1 2/3 cups flour

2 1/2 cups corn flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

1 cup butter

3/4 cups white sugar

3 egg yolks

1tsp vanilla essence

2 cups Dulce de Leche ( thick milk caramel)

Method:

1) Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy

2) Add the vanilla essence and beat to combine

3) Add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating them into the butter and sugar mixture until fully mixed in

4) Add the baking soda and baking powder and mix again

5) Add in the flour and corn flour, and gently fold through until the mixture forms a dough. This part can get messy, and it helps to use your hands to form the dough.

6) Once the dough is made, wrap it in cling wrap, and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

7) Roll the dough between two sheets of baking paper, and then using a round cookie cutter, cut the dough into rounds.

8) Once cut, place the dough circles onto a lined baking tray and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius until golden brown.

9) Allow the cookie rounds to cool on a cooling rack

10) Sandwich the cookie rounds together by piping onto one round, the dulce de Leche, and then top with another cookie round.

11) Serve your Alfajores with a cup of tea or coffee 🙂

These are mine:


I hope you have enjoyed this post:) If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me on Facebook messenger, or by email : nazzybaker@gmail.com
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xx NaZzYbAkEr xx

Happy 1st Birthday Nazzy Baker – a little story about me 

It’s no secret, I’ve always been fascinated by food. No matter what I do in life, I always end up right where I belong… my kitchen 😊 My love for cooking and baking is what makes me, ME!

Last year (2016) I had an idea… I decided to combine all the skills I had acquired over my years to create a blog to share my ideas and my work. I wanted to focus mainly on helping kids enjoy being in the kitchen. 

In February 2016, I lay in bed with pencils, crayons and eraser and got to work on a logo. I remembered my dad and mum doing this for their business once, and I loved how personal their logo became to them. I wanted the same for nazzybaker. 

Don’t laugh at my drawing skills, but this is what I came up with:


Without the know how, I took to the internet for help on how to turn this into a logo. That’s where I found Amrit Tigga of @artbyamrit. Amrit captured my idea with the perfect illustration for my blogs.

On the 21st March 2016, I created my very own WordPress blog. In the year that I have been baking and blogging as nazzybaker, I have managed to reach so many people all over the world. What I love most about my experience, is that I get to touch people from all walks of life with my baking.

A few weeks ago, I turned down an opportunity of a lifetime… to audition for the great Australian bake off. It was the hardest decision I think I’ve made in a long while, however, it just wasn’t the right time! Watch this space though! I know that there will be other opportunities that I will be able to pursue in future ❤

To everyone that has supported me along this journey, words cannot express my gratitude. To those who hear about my baking, day in and day out (all my work mates and my family) … I love you all so very much. Without your continued support, I would not be where I am today! ❤

I leave you now with a few pictures of my achievements over the year. I know that they may seem like a drop in the ocean to many Bakers and bloggers out there… but to me… this is everything. I am still continually learning the tricks of the trade, and ask that you continue to enjoy this journey with me!

I don’t know who my visitors are – but I appreciate your interest in me and my blog! 😘



Thank you ❤

Love: xx NaZzYbAkEr xx