chinese almond cookies
 
these are those yummy almond cookies you sometimes receive at the end 
of a meal in many chinese restaurants. 
 
8   blanched almonds
1/2 cup  lard*, softened
1/2 cup  granulated sugar
1 tsp  almond extract
  few drops yellow food coloring (optional)
1-1/2 cup  all-purpose flour
1 large  egg yolk
1 Tbsp  water
 
preheat oven to 300*f (150*c). grease baking sheets; set aside. 
place almonds in a small saucepan with a little cold water, bring to a 
boil, drain. split almonds in two. set aside. 
with an electric mixer beat together the lard and sugar until soft and 
creamy. add the almond extract and yellow food coloring, if desired. 
stir in the flour, a little at a time. dough will be of a crumbly 
consistency. 
 
shape level tablespoonfuls into flat round cookies about 2-inches in 
diameter. the edges of the cookies will have cracks in them. place on 
prepared baking sheets and press an almond half in the center of each 
cookie. beat together the egg yolk and water and brush tops of 
cookies. 
bake for 30 minutes or until lightly golden. cool slightly before 
transferring to wire rack to cool completely. store in airtight 
container. 
makes 16 cookies. 
 
*you may substitute vegetable shortening, but the flavor of the 
cookies will not be authentic. 
 
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/cookie/chinese-almond-cookies.html 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(ID: 76799) Mirror: rec.food.recipes: Tue, Jun 15, 2004


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