Foodie Friday: Almond Cookie

Almond cookie: shortbread type of cookie with almond flavor

almond cookies

As a kid, we used to buy a box of these from the local Asian store. Those almond cookies were crisp and featured a red almond in the center. (The color of fortune? I don’t know, but after one of my kids reacted to the food coloring, I skipped to getting more natural-looking cookies.)

I once tried to make them in college for lunar new year or some sort of celebration, but failed. I couldn’t get the proper buttery flavor. (Key ingredient? I heard the special taste comes from lard. Oh, no wonder I didn’t get it right.) Here’s a nice recipe if you want to try and make it at home.

You can get them in the ethnic stores as well–or, like me, find family who work in the restaurant business and buy theirs!

Fun fact: April 9th is National Chinese Almond Cookie Day.

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  1. Yep, I think the lard gives it the richness and melt in your mouth texture.
    In tamales, the best masa (dough) is made with lard, however, I don’t use it on my own. My vegan sons would never forgive me. :)

    • Jennifer J. Chow says:

      I never knew that, Mona. Gosh, I remember my mom having a jar of lard in her pantry. Those were the old days….

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