Chinese New Year Almond Cookies

Ingredients: 

  • 180g plain flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 100g icing sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 120g ground almond
  • 130ml groundnut oil/corn oil or vegetable oil (use oil that is neutral)
  • 1 egg yolk + 1 teaspoon water (beat together to make egg wash)
  • Almonds to decorate (optional)

Method:

  • Pre-heat oven to 180 degree/350f/Gas 4
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside
  • Sieve the flour, baking powder, baking soda, icing sugar, salt and ground almond into a mixing bowl
  • Pour the groundnut oil into the mixture and stir until it resembles cookie dough
  • Roll the dough with your hands into approximately 3cm balls, place on baking sheets until all the dough is used up.
  • Using the back of a tablespoon gently pat each dough ball down a little to make a round (not too thin)
  • Place an almond in the centre if using or stencil in a shape or leave plain
  • Lightly glaze the surface of each dough ball with the egg wash
  • Bake in oven for 15-20mins or until the cookies are slightly golden
  • Cool on a wire rack. Enjoy the cookies crumbling in your mouth when you bite into them!

    恭喜發財! Kung Hei Fat Choi! A Prosperous Chinese New Year!