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Last Minute Chinese New Year Bake Off : Rich Almond Butter Cookies

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// Adapted from “Delicious Asian Sweet Treats
// Yields 35 cookies, depending on the size of cookie cutter


  • 60g unsalted butter, melted
  • 160g cake flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 70g icing sugar
  • 1/4tsp salt
  • 80g ground almonds
  • 3 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Glaze: egg yolk + white sesame seeds


01. Sift cake flour, baking soda, icing sugar and salt into a mixing bowl.
02. Add ground almonds and mix well.
03. Add 3 tablespoons of peanut oil to melted butter, stir to mix well, and pour into flour mixture.
04. Stir gently with a metal spoon to combine.
05. Add in the yolk, and stir to form a dough.
06. With clean dry hands, pinch out a ball of dough about the size of a your palm.
07. If the dough feels to crumbly, add a few drops of peanut oil if necessary.
08. On a clean counter top, press the dough down with palm to flatten it to a thickness of about 5mm.
09. Cut out cookies with a cookie cutter.
10. The cookies will be too soft to be lifted by fingers.  Use a scraper to lift and transfer cut out cookies to a tray lined with baking paper.
11. Gather the left over dough, and pinch out enough dough from the mixing bowl to form another ball of palm size dough.  Repeat above 4 steps till all dough are used up.
12. Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
13. Brush surface of cookies with egg yolk and sprinkle some sesame seeds over them.
14. Bake for 10-12 minutes, till golden brown.


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