Recipe: Almond Cookies For The Chinese New Year

almond cookies recipeContinuing with our 'Around the World' recipes for the holidays... In China, while few celebrate Chistmas; almond cookies are very popular for the Chinese New year. 

This recipe will make about 4 dozen. 

WHAT YOU NEED:

2½ cups flour 

1 cup sugar 

1 teaspoon baking soda 

½ teaspoon salt 

1 cup vegetable shortening 

2 eggs, beaten 

1 Tablespoon almond extract 

About 48 whole almonds, unsalted 

WHAT TO DO: 

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease cookie sheets. 
  2. Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. 
  3. With a fork, slowly add shortening, a little at a time, to the flour mixture. 
  4. Add the beaten eggs and almond extract. 
  5. Shape the dough into balls the size of a large cherry. 
  6. Place the dough onto the cookie sheets and press an almond into the center of each cookie. 
  7. Bake for 25 minutes. 

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