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.
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 tsp almond extract
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