Coffee almond cookies are loved by locals when it comes to the Lunar New Year celebration. The crunchy toasted almonds make every bite a delight. What I find very addictive is the texture of the cookies. Although they are buttery, it is not overpowering. Instead, the fragrance of the coffee lifted the flavour of the butter. In Singapore and Malaysia, these cookies are served along with other classics such as pineapple tarts or the bangkit cookies.
Gluten free flour instead?
I have always been baking these cookies using all-purpose flour which is also known as wheat flour. For a non-gluten option, you may try using store bought mix, gluten free all-purpose flour but they are not widely available in the US. However, replacing the ingredient with other types of flour such as corn starch or almond flour will affect the texture.
Types of almond
Almond flakes are recommended as they easily sliced and are really crunchy after baking.
If they are not available, use almond nibs or chopped almonds. Whole almonds are not recommended as they do not roast well and will be slightly limp even after baking unless the cookies are baked for a longer time.
Shaping the dough
The cookie dough is quite soft and needs to be chilled before baking. To shape the dough, use the assistance of a parchment paper. It's quite similar to rolling a sushi. Place some dough in the center of the lower part of the paper. Carefully lift the paper from the bottom to cover the dough. Release the parchment paper from the dough if you need to compress the sides of the dough. Keep compressing the dough as you roll to prevent any gaps or air pockets.
Refrigerate and bake later
It is highly recommended to prepare extra cookie dough to refrigerate or to freeze. This recipe is perfect if you plan to bake them at another time. Whenever you need some freshly baked cookies, simply thaw the dough and slice them before baking. The quality of the cookies are exactly the same like those made with fresh dough.
Dipped in chocolate
Usually these cookies are enjoyed as they are. With the wonderful aroma of coffee and crispy chunks of almond, there is no need for anything else. However, cacao lovers will always appreciate if the cookies are dipped into some melted chocolate. Allow the cookies to cool to room temperature first. Then, dip each cookie partially into the melted chocolate for an extra sassy look.
Tips for long lasting cookies
Use a clean air-tight container to store the cookies. Leave it in a cool and dry area. The cookies should keep fresh for up to a month.