Thursday, January 13, 2011

Little Salty Almond Cookies

These almond cookies are designed in the way to have a balance of mild sweetness and saltiness in each tiny bite size cookie. They are cute and great for Chinese New Year entertaining...

Actually, my family don't have much Chinese New Year entertaining in Australia. As you can see in the background of my pictures, this is that only Chinese New year ornament that I have in my house. It's a Chinese New Year card that I received from Singapore last year. This year, my thoughtful friend has recently asked for my address update and said that he is going to send another Chinese New Year greeting card again. *Sob sob...I'm so touched*

By moving away home means that we lost our Chinese New Year culture in a way. By baking all these Chinese New Year goodies, I hope to bring back these great festive memories to me and my family In Melbourne.

 
 

Here's my recipe for the biscuits.

50g butter
10g icing sugar (you can add more sugar if you prefer a sweeter pastry, this is slightly salty one)
50g plain flour
10g corn flour
25g almond meal
1g salt
a few drop of concentrated vanilla extract

1. Place all in the bowl of a food processor; process until dough forms.
2. Wrap in plastic; chill for 20 min for binding of dough.
3. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line baking tray with baking paper. Roll every 1/2 teaspoonful of dough on the baking and flatten them slightly using the back of the spoon. Sprinkle chopped almonds on each biscuits. Brush with milk. Bake for 5-8 min or until edges are slightly brown. Cool for 10 min on baking tray. cool completely on a wire rack.

Happy Baking.

41 comments:

  1. These look lovely! Chinese New Year is celebrated quite a lot here in NYC. Maybe I will make these too. :)

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  2. These almond cookies sound so perfect! I hope you can start your own Chinese New Year in Melbourne!

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  3. I hope that you have wonderful Chinese New Year, and those cookies sound so good, and look stunning!

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  4. Happy Chinese New Year. These little cookies look delicious and sound easy to put together.

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  5. Happy Chinese New Year to you! I think you should start new Chinese New Year traditions! The cookies look really tasty.

    Thanks for following me. I am following you now too.

    Velva

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  6. Hoho..I baked some almond cookie last nite too.
    A must baked item in my cny cookies list since last year. :)

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  7. ohh this is very lovely! i would love this thanks zoe!

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  8. Hi, Zoe. The cookies looks good! Thanks for sharing.
    Celebrating CNY away from home is just not the same for me too. But as long as I have my loved ones with me, that's good enough. I hope your family will enjoy it too, especially with all the goodies you baked/will be baking.

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  9. Zoe, I'm sorry to hear that you are missing out on the Chinese New Year celebrations you have been used to. Hopefully with time,you will recapture that joy of celebration as you make more friends in your new home. Wishing you all the best.

    Anna's Table
    http://annastable.blogspot.com

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  10. Hi Zoe, Looks like you won't be going back to S'pore for CNY? This cookies really calls out for CNY, looks really good, I like them salty too!

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  11. These look so dainty and delish! Zoe are you Chinese?

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  12. I'm feeling festive just looking at these cookies :)
    They look great! And I bet they taste even better.

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  13. I love little bite-sized cookies. The Oreo ice cream looks delicious, and I will have to try it this summer!

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  14. lovely cookies and happy Chinese new year

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  15. I'm a new reader and I just wanted to say these really do sound, and look scrumptious, this is the second post I read that used corn meal... which I have not had in more than a decade.

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  16. Hi Zoe, the cookies looks really lovely... :)

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  17. i agree that cny here is not such a huge thing compared to Asian countries that celebrate it. must go back to Malaysia one day to celebrate 15 days of cny with grandma :D

    might be baking some peanut cookies using grandma's recipe to compensate hahahha

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  18. This is a great way to celebrate Chinese New Year. Perhaps this could be a resolution for this year, that is to bring more Chinese tradition to your life.

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  19. Elegant almond cookies, looks damn tempting..

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  20. Happy Chinese New Year! These cookies look so cute and delicious.

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  21. lovely cookies! It looks perfect, can I've some ^_^

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  22. OMG I want them nowwww! Good job!

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  23. i always love at the things that you bake..always so lovely and pretty..i still have deep memories about the caramel fudge, the shortbread and the christmas log and this, salty almond..i think i wld love them too. I'll try to bake some cookies for cny but from past experiences, i find that i'm not really good at them especially the ones that i love to eat. oh dear, i wish i could also send you a card from here. I have relatives staying in UK and they said it's just lack of CNY atmosphere over there and they still got to work during CNY, i think it's quite natural once we're away from our homeland but again, as long as we can spend time with our family and friends together, that would be more than good.

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  24. im sure you've created a great deal of the festive spirit just by baking these awesome chinese new year cookies :)

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  25. Almond cookies are a wicked pleasure of mine. A woman at work brings in hers, and I can't resist.

    Yours looks way good!

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  26. These cookies remind me of the ones from my childhood. They are the perfect contrast of sweet and salty, and great for Chinese New Year.

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  27. I am saviing this recipe for my daughter in law's next visit; she is chinese and will be thrilled that I was able to bake something special for her; thank you.

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  28. oh what a great idea - those look like the perfect snack!

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  29. Your little cookies look scrumptious! I think it's great that you are trying to hold on to your traditions - especially for your children! Baking is one way to do that! Happy Chinese New Year!

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  30. Zoe, this looks very festive. lol! I just started my cookie baking yesterday. A lot of work! Hope you're having a fabulous day.
    Cheers, Kristy

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  31. the cookies look nice, wish I can have some now :)

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  32. What great cookies. I'd love to have one right now. I'm new here and will enjoy following to see what's next!

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  33. I love your biscuits look amazing, and love almonds too, gloria

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  34. mmmm looks wonderful! and the pineapple tarts i love!

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  35. It's nice to have a salty cookie instead of a sweet one. They look very dainty.

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  36. Happy Chinese New Year - Great Cookies!

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  37. Those look so cute and delicious! I absolutely love almond cookies, will be trying these soon!

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  38. yay im really enjoying reading those CNY cookies ive been reading about lately! these looks amazing...so flaky and buttery.

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  39. These are beautiful! Send some my way, please :)

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  40. Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments. CNY is never the same as what I had as a child in Singapore. They are my great memories and hope to express my thoughts to my son through my cooking.

    Lisa: Yes. I'm a Chinese. I was born and raised in Singapore and migrated to Australia.

    Lena: I'm so touched with your intention of sending me a CNY card. Your comments is so flattering that my face blushed when reading it :p Appreciate all your thoughtfulness. Great to have a friend like you :D

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  41. Hey Zoe! =) I'm gona make this today! thanks for sharing the recipe HEHE

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