Chinese New Year Cookie Recipe


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In anticipation of the Chinese New Year, I prepared some small and delicious Chinese New Year Cookie Recipe, typical of Chinese holidays, especially for the New Year. They are typical of the Cantonese area and can be easily found in Chinese restaurants, unlike fortune cookies which are not actually Chinese, since they don’t exist in China!

This Chinese New Year Cookie Recipe, recall the consistency of butter biscuits, really simple to prepare. They are crumbly, and there is a slight salinity, which makes them delicious. In some recipes, baking powder is not used. I tried to prepare this Chinese sweets them with vegetable oil, but I also give you the dose of butter, in case you want to try them as well. They are small and fragrant with a delicate almond scent, a perfect accompaniment to a hot cup of tea, rigorously Chinese!

almond flour cookies

Chinese New Year and Chinese Sweets

In China, the New Year is the most important holiday of the whole year. The families all gather together, and if any member is out of the country, is kept, being able, to return for the holiday. If this isn’t possible, the family will still prepare the seat at the table for the absent member. Like so many popular festivals, it too has a legend at its origin.
During the Spring Festival, a monster, called Nian, would come to terrorize the various villages. So the families organized parties with food, that was offered to the ancestors and gods in exchange for protection.

almond cookie recipe

All the preparations and decorations for the Chinese New Year are all a blessing for the new year, for prosperity and happiness. So also the typical Chinese Sweets dedicated to the New Year are considered auspicious. As sweetness symbolizes the desire to have a good year. They are consumed by families based on tastes, traditions
and also by region. And now let’s go and prepare our Chinese New Year Cookie Recipe for good wishes and prosperity!

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Chinese New Year Cookie Recipe Almond Cookie

Delicate shortbreads with a fragrant almond scent, perfect accompanied by a delicate tea.
Porzioni 25 cookie
Tempo di Preparazione 15 minutes
Tempo di Cottura 20 minutes
Tempo totale 35 minutes


  • 120 g Almond Flour
  • 180 g Whole-Wheat Flour or pastry flour
  • 35 g Caster Sugar
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cake Yeast or baking powder
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • 100 g Sunflower Oil or 115 g butter
  • 1 Yolk
  • ¼ tsp Almond Extract
  • 25 Almonds to decorate


  • Weighs all the ingredients. In a bowl, mix the yolk, oil, sugar and the almond extract first.
    35 g Caster Sugar, 100 g Sunflower Oil, 1 Yolk, ¼ tsp Almond Extract
  • Once it's mixed, add it by sifting the flour, the salt and the two types of yeast.
    120 g Almond Flour, 180 g Whole-Wheat Flour, ¼ tsp Salt, 1 tsp Cake Yeast, ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • Mix the mixture. Once you have a homogeneous paste, cover it with plastic wrap and let it rest in the fridge for 1 hour. If it is winter even 30 minutes may be enough.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 °C.
  • Divide the dough into 20 -25 pieces. Create balls and then mash them in the center with your fingertip. Alternatively, you can use a cookie cutter, a spoon or a fork. Decorate each cookie with an almond, brush with egg if you want.
    25 Almonds
  • Bake the biscuits for 20 minutes, 15 of which when the oven is on and the last 5 when turned off. Once cooked, let them cool completely, preferably on a grill and keep them in a dry place.


Chef: Taira by R.J.
Calorie: 100kcal
Course: Sweets and Desserts
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Baked Sweet, Cookies, New Year, Without Butter
Difficoltà: Easy
Temperatura: 180 °C/356 °F


Serving: 20g | Calories: 100kcal (5%) | Carbohydrates: 7g (2%) | Protein: 2g (4%) | Fat: 7.5g (12%) | Sugar: 1g (1%)

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