I must confess that I got hooked on baking cookies recently. After making sesame crisps and cornflake cookies , I can’t stop thinking of what to bake next. On the other hand, time is running short as we will be heading back to our hometown early to celebrate this coming Lunar New Year festival.
Luckily, when I was browsing through my favourite “100 homemade cookies”cookbook (孟老師的100道手工餅干), I came across this almond butter cookies recipe which looked promising and could be done without much hassle. It is different than the “authentic” Chinese almond cookies as it uses neither almond extract, almond flour, nor chopped almonds. To be more precise, it is just another version of butter cookies with nuts.
If you have tried my coconut butter cookies recipe and loved it, then it is very likely that it will suit your palate too. This recipe shares many similarities with coconut butter cookies in respect of the steps used. It can be regarded as a quick, easy and tasty cookie recipe to make for this Chinese New Year (CNY). With very little efforts, your kids will get to enjoy your own homemade cookies. It can even save you from burning a hole in your pocket if you were to buy from off the shelf. I just came to realise that the ready-made festive treats in Singapore are very expensive. One small tin with 50 premium cookies can cost you up to S$20-24 (approx. USD15-18)!!
These cookies are full of buttery smell and flavourful taste of crunchy almonds. I had baked them twice. But one problem I faced with the past two attempts was that I had difficulty to strike the perfect balance of having a melt-in-the mouth texture and crunchy almonds. The cookies turned out to be a bit dry if the almonds were crunchy. On the other hand, when the cookies turned out to be melt-in-the-mouth (that is I under-baked them slightly), the almonds weren’t crunchy. My guess is that the almonds I used may be too big relative to the size of the cookies. Maybe in my next attempt I will try to get smaller almonds or roast the almonds in advance. What do you think? Well, despite this problem, my family still adores these cookies very much. At the time of typing this post, more than 90% of my 2nd batch cookies have already disappeared. Hahaha!
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