Almond cookies are one of the popular Chinese New Year (CNY) cookies. They also happen to be my family’s favourite.
These almond cookies are healthier and lighter than the usual butter and sugar loaded cookies. They are butter-free, shortening-free, milk-free and egg-free (if you skip the egg wash). Not only healthy, they are absolutely delicious, crumbly, nutty and less sweet.
I can’t believe that they are so incredibly easy to make, a lot easier than making peanut cookies. All the ingredients are common items that can be easily purchased from any local baking supply stores. You don’t need any complicated kitchen appliance, not even an electric mixer. To make them, you basically mix the ingredients together with a hand whisk and use your hand to form a dough. Once the dough is ready, the fun begins. You can use a cookie cutter to cut out the shape. Feel free to use any design you like. No cookie cutter? Don’t worry. You can shape them into small balls. The egg wash and garnishing are optional. You can skip them if you wish. If you find that it is too tedious to top the cookies with almond nibs but also like to have some crunchy bits, you can add them into the dough. Almond nibs can be substituted with almond flakes to give you a different feel of crunchiness. If you do so, remember to toast the almond nibs or flakes first to bring out the nutty flavour.
There are so many creative ways to make these almond cookies with the same recipe. However, I will definitely go for the most humble and idiot proof version (without egg wash and garnishing) as I still haven’t started my CNY baking yet. Haha! How about you?
Chinese New Year is just a week away. I would like to wish all, young and old, a new year of new hope, good health and good fortune.
[Note: These almond cookies may not be suitable for young toddlers (below 3 years old) and kids who have nut-allergy. If this is the first time you introduce almonds to your child, please consult your pediatrician for further advice.]
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