Almond Cookies

These 3 steps almond biscuits or almond cookies are soft, fluffy and crumbly. The almond flour in the cookies delivers a distinct nutty flavour. Carefully sweetened with powdered sugar, they are a delightful treat and are often served during Chinese New Year.

4.6 stars

Preparation 5 mins
Cooking 13 mins

Snack

杏仁饼, Biskut badam

Chinese, Malaysian, Singaporean

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Nutrition per Serving

56 kcal
5 g
4 g
1 g


Almond cookies recipe is one of those easy cookie recipes you must try especially during the festive seasons. During Chinese New Year, almond cookies are highly requested. You will never regret sinking your teeth into these soft and crumbly cookies and enjoy the nutty almond taste. These cookies have a tiny hint of saltiness to give an overall flavour to the cookies. If you are looking for a recipe which is easy and fast, look no further. Try this Chinese almond cookies recipe specially made for you.

Almond flour vs almond meal

You can use both because almond flour or also known as almond meal or almond powder are made out of grounded almonds. Most companies use the terms interchangeably but in the US for example, there is a slight difference between almond meal and almond flour. Almond flour is sold with the finest grind of blanched almond while almond meal is slightly coarser as the skin is also blended together. For this recipe, you would want to get almond meal for the best flavours. Traditionally, you can feel the crumbs of almond in the cookies as you chew on them. Moreover, the blended skin makes the cookies very attractive too.

Homemade almond flour

Almond flour can be made at home. Just blend the almonds finely but do be careful not to blend them for too long or it would end up as almond butter.

Can I use corn/tapioca flour instead of wheat flour?

You may but it is going to change the texture of the cookies. This recipe delivers the light crunchiness on the outside while crumbly and soft on the inside. Using corn or tapioca flour will not deliver this effect. Wheat flour is required to create structure in the cookies as almond flour (or almond meal as known in the US) does not bind well.

Must I use baking powder and/or baking soda?

Yes! Baking soda is needed to raise the dough to give it the soft and crumbly texture. However, baking soda reacts immediately and fizzles off pretty quickly. Since the baking process happens slowly, you'd want to extend the effect of baking soda. To counter the quick reaction of baking soda and extend it, baking powder is required as one of the acids in it reacts to heat. This makes the dough rise as it is baking.

Which type of oil?

Peanut oil would be the best choice to accompany the nutty flavour of almonds. However, any neutral-flavored oils such as canola, sunflower or corn oil would be great too.

How to store the cookies?

Almond cookies must be cooled to room temperature before stacking them up in an airtight container. They can be kept for 4-6 weeks in a cool area, away from the sunlight. Enjoy the cookies with a good cup of quality Chinese tea.


Ingredients

Servings:  
50 g
almond flour
100 g
all-purpose flour
40 g
sugar (powdered)
1⁄2 tsp
baking soda
1⁄2 tsp
baking powder
1⁄5 tsp
salt
75 ml
oil
1
egg yolk(s)

Steps to Prepare

Almond Cookies Step 1

Step 1 of 3

    • 50 g almond flour
    • 100 g all-purpose flour
    • 40 g sugar (powdered)
    • 1⁄2 tsp baking soda
    • 1⁄2 tsp baking powder
    • 1⁄5 tsp salt
    • 75 ml oil

Sieve wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and powdered sugar into a bowl. Add almond meal and mix well. Then, add oil to bind the ingredients into a dough.

Almond Cookies Step 2

Step 2 of 3

    • 1 egg yolk(s)

Shape dough into little balls weighing ca. 15g each. Lay them on a piece of parchment paper. Use the back of the fork to press them twice creating the criss-cross pattern. Mix egg yolk and water. Brush each cookie dough with the mixture. Place some almonds pieces (chopped lengthwise) on each cookie.

Almond Cookies Step 3

Step 3 of 3

Bake cookies in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow cookies to cool to room temperature before storing them in an airtight container.

Published: January 26, 2019


7 Discussions

Grace
6 months ago

Grace

Can I use vegetable oil?

Mira - Community Happiness Manager
6 months ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

Of course !

Angie
6 months ago

Angie

Hi Eileen Thank you for your wonderful recipe. I used self-raising flour instead of all purpose flour with baking soda and powder, and it work fine. May I know could I reduce the sugar as is a bit sweet for me (elderly)?

Mira - Community Happiness Manager
6 months ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

Sure you can do it or you can use brown sugar.

RACHEL LOW
a year ago

RACHEL LOW

Hello! Which Wheat Flour are you refering to in this recipe? I saw that under the Wheat Flour category there are flours like, bread flour, all purpose flour etc.

Grace
a year ago

Grace

All-purpose flour. I've just updated the recipe to be more precise.

RACHEL LOW
a year ago

RACHEL LOW

Thank you! 😊

Veron Ong
a year ago

Veron Ong

What flour can i replace instead of wheat flour?

Mira - Community Happiness Manager
a year ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

We haven't tried other flour. If you want to try out corn or tapioca flour, please refer to notes above under "Can I use corn/tapioca flour instead of wheat flour?".

Minie.
a year ago

Minie.

I just baked and they taste so delicious! Thanks for the recipe! Btw, can i replace oil with melted butter?

Mira - Community Happiness Manager
a year ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

Yes, use the same quantity.

Esther Lim
a year ago

Esther Lim

I baked last night with new oven. Yummy! Texture is great! Thanks for such a delicious & easy to do recipe & video!! Excellent!!

Mira - Community Happiness Manager
a year ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

I am very happy to read this :) Keep baking!

Eileen
2 years ago

Eileen

I have make the almond cookies. Very delicious.

Mira - Community Happiness Manager
2 years ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

Thank you for the feedback, Eileen. Have a food snap too?

Eileen
2 years ago

Eileen

I will take a snap next round. If I want to make a big batch like 4x the recipe, can I mix the flour together at once? Will the dough turn dry?

Ong min min
2 years ago

Ong min min

Hi may i ask the wheat flour can replace with medium protein flour? And the almond flour can we just buy some almond then blend it?

Mira - Community Happiness Manager
2 years ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

Hello Eileen, you can mix them all at once. Do cover the dough to retain its moisture if you are not working with it.

Mira - Community Happiness Manager
2 years ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

Hi Min Min, medium protein flour is also wheat flour. It can be used. You can blend the almonds as advised in the background information above. All the best!

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