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.

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Until next time…. happy baking!

xxx Nazzy Baker xxx

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Nazzy Bakers 1hr edible gift idea:

To those of you that follow me on Instagram, you would know that these cookies had a “parenting moment” attached to them. The caption on my Insta story being – “wait till you hear the story behind these cookies” 😂 Well, here it is:

Last week Sunday, I braided miss L’s hair to make it easier for her to manage at her schools swimming carnival. I thought that I had done an amazing job, and felt pretty great about it till I received a message from her teacher on Monday afternoon saying that little miss had managed to get a comb stuck in her hair. 

Why? Why would she have needed to comb her hair? I would have done that? How bad is it really? I’m sure I can fix this! These were just some of the thoughts that went through my mind on the 45 minute bus ride home. ( yes I am a bit of a panic button)!

I get to my stop, and spot my husband waiting patiently for me to check the damage. I ran to the car only to find madam fast asleep with a big blue comb twisted beyond reason into the front of her curly thick hair. I tried in a panic to undo it, quickly coming to the realisation that there was no way in heck that this was going to come out without scissors. I cut the comb off, and much to my relief, she only lost about an inch off the bottom of her already layered fringe. 

This could have been so much worse though. Her teacher had spent a phenomenal amount of time after the swimming carnival to try to remove the comb, and untangled it the best she could.

I can only imagine how frustrating this must have been for her, especially after a day at the carnival and managing so many kids. In her message, the teacher apologised that she couldn’t get the comb out as if she was to blame. My heart instantly felt gratitude towards her and every other teacher out there that work tirelessly, going above and beyond for our kids ❤️

I decided that I would send something special in to school the next day to show my appreciation! Miss L got onto making a “Thank You” card for her teacher, while I got onto making these cookies. 

1 hour from start to finish, #hereshowididit:

1) I started out by making a shortbread cookie dough


2) I rolled the dough and cut out some heart shapes


3) I baked my cookies at 180 degrees Celsius until they were slightly brown and cooked


4) Once cooked, I allowed the cookies to cool, and started rolling out some marbled fondant that I had made and stored a few days prior. 

(Marbling technique used in previous blog post: https://nazzybaker.com/2016/09/29/nazzy-bakers-navy-and-ivory-marbled-cookies/)

5) Once rolled, I used the same cutter to cut heart shapes out of the fondant.


6) Once cut, I brushed each fondant heart with sugar glue and stuck each heart to a cookie.


7) I decided to add a personalised message using my cookie lettering embosser. To add a bit of bling in the usual Nazzy Baker way, I added a touch of gold leaf to each cookie 😍


8) I packaged the cookies into self adhesive cellophane bags, and then into a pretty gift box.


9) Voila! An edible gift made in an hour! 


I hope you have enjoyed this post:)

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xx NaZzYbAkEr xx