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Almond butter cookies

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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.

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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!

My kitchen will be temporary “closed” from the time being. Before I begin my holiday break, let me wish all my readers A JOYFUL, HEALTHY and PROSPEROUS Year Of The Rabbit!


I’m submitting this post to Aspiring Bakers #3: My Favorite CNY Cookie (Jan 2011) hosted by Jess of j3sskitch3n.

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  1. Joanne says:

    If you’re going to get hooked on anything in life, it might as well be cookie baking! Especially if said cookies involve almond butter. Delicious.

  2. Ching @ LCOM says:

    So round and pretty! Happy CNY to you and family!!

  3. MaryMoh says:

    Mmm…perfect for the coming Chinese New Year. In fact, it’s perfect for any time 😀 Love the almond on top. Makes it look so pretty.

  4. mycookinghut says:

    Gong xi Gong xi soon!! Very pretty looking cookies.. and the almond make it looks elegant 😉

  5. Very beautiful almond cookies, good for CNY. I can’t stop eating once I have the first one. They are very delicious and addictive.

  6. Claudie says:

    Wow, those are so pretty and cute! I never saw such almond cookies — I’ll have to make them next time I’m making cookies… although, just by looking at the picture, I can already tell I’ll be sorry because I’ll probably eat way too many at once 😀

  7. peachkins says:

    those cookies are cute!

  8. j3ss kitch3n says:

    prefect almond morsels =D

  9. Happy CNY in advance LK! I love butter cookies so I am sure your buttery almond cookies will be perfect! I love your cute presentation too! Have a good trip back to Malaysia 😀

  10. tofugirl says:

    Oh, those are beautiful!! I’m going to make pineapple tarts for CNY this weekend, but I might have to make a batch of these too 😀

  11. These are too cute with the almonds on top :). Happy early CNY!

  12. The whole almonds on top make the cookies look so pretty! Having said that, I’d prefer to have smaller chopped up pieces – easier to eat =)

  13. Alice says:

    Cute and delicious! Wishing you a Cute & Healthy “Rabbit” year! 🙂

  14. lena says:

    for me , i wld prefer the almond nibs, i just like crunching on all the bits in the cookies, This sounds like a very buttery cookies, looks adorable too! I just came across a jar of butter cookies yesterday in one of the stores, selling for CNY, quike alike to the danish cookies in the blue tin, it was very nice, melty and looked pretty cos the designs were piped thru.

  15. noobcook says:

    They look adorable with the almond topping. Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family!

  16. I’m just like that too. Once you start baking you want to start baking one recipe after another. Cookies look great. Here’s wishing you a Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year!

  17. Very nice almond butter cookies! I like the big whole almond place on the top, nice! Happy Lunar New Year to you!

  18. Pei-Lin says:

    Hey! Your almond butter cookies look good to me nonetheless, in spite of all your words of discontent! LOL!

    Seriously, they charge you so much in SG? OMG!

    I enjoyed chatting with you the other night. Sorry that I didn’t let you go off earlier, which had you stayed up till like … LOL! Sorry! But then, I learned a lot from you! Thank you for sharing your experience!

    Stay in touch, K? I’ll let you know when I pop by SG in the future. Dunno when …

    Again, gong hey fatt choy! Enjoy the festivities in KL! Happy time does flee!

    • food-4tots says:

      Pei Lin: Thanks for your compliment! It’s nice chatting with you too. Hope we have a chance to meet up in future. Gong Xi Fatt Choy to you and your family!

  19. Rose Silver says:

    This looks so tasty! I love the butter and almond combination.I will make some of this tomorrow. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  20. Looks pretty and perfect! Happy Rabbit Year to you! 🙂

  21. Wish you and your family a Happy Lunar New Year, Gong Xi Fa Cai!

  22. celine says:

    Gong Xi Fa Cai, LK! 🙂 Here’s to the best in the Year of the Rabbit for you and your family. 🙂

    David, Celine, Erica and Arianna

  23. Mavis_Ssmama says:

    Can I use normal plain flour?

  24. Xiu says:

    Hi,are there any ingredients that I can use to substitute milk powder in this recipe?

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