Friday, 4 December 2015

Chinese Honey Almond Cookies

A Chinese almond cookie is a plain cookie with an almond in the centre, which was thought to bring good luck. Later on, Chinese mothers replaced the sugar with honey to make a healthy yet sweet afternoon treat for their children. Unfortunately for my first go I was not brave enough to go without sugar so I replaced the three to four teaspoons of honey to 30g of sugar and 2 teaspoons of honey. However next time I will definitely try all honey... so keep checking this recipe for updates.

(Makes 16)

Ingredients

  • 150g Plain flour 
  • 30g Brown/ demerara sugar
  • 50g Ground Almonds/Almond meal
  • 100g Butter
  • 2 Teaspoon of honey
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon of almond essence 
  • 16 Whole almonds
  • (Honey to glaze/ Flour to dust) 



Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/ 300F, line a baking tray with baking parchment.
  2. Cream the sugar and butter until pale and creamy. You can do this part with an electric mixer.
  3. Beat in the eggs, almond essence and a teaspoon of honey.
  4. Then add the flour and ground almonds stir these  in with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  5. Dust your surface and rolling pin with flour, then roll out the mixture to 1cm thick.
  6. Using a cookie cutter or your hands, cut/roll out 16 cookies 
  7. Push in an almond (pointy edge first) into the surface of each cookie, It should lie flat and not fall out when you move the cookie.
  8. Right before placing them in the oven, glaze your cookies with honey. 
  9. Bake for around 8-10 minutes keeping a close eye on them.

Notes and Recommendation

How to glaze - Melt a block of solid honey in the microwave for up yo 20 seconds then using a pastry brush, brush over the cookies creating a little layer of honey over the top.

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