Chinese Almond Cookies

Chinese Almond Cookies

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It is not quite National Chinese Almond Cookie day, which comes later in April, but it is the Chinese New Year and who needs an excuse to eat cookies? The Chinese restaurant that my family and I used to go to when I was a child used to give out this sweet, sugar type cookie with almonds in the middle, thought to bring good luck and now I bring this restaurant favorite to the comfort of your own home. Enjoy.

Ingredients:
2 cups gluten free flour
2 Tablespoons of baking powder
Sprinkle of salt
1 cup of organic cane sugar
1 cup of vegan butter, Earth Balance
1 vegan egg, Follow Your Heart
1 teaspoon of almond extract

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Method:
Pre heat the oven to 350 F
To prepare the vegan egg:
Add 2 Tablespoons of the mixture with 1/2 cup of ICE COLD water (very important that it is cold)
Whisk until egg like texture is formed, set aside
Combine the flour, baking powder and salt, whisk and set aside
In an electric or hand held mixture, combine the sugar and butter until smooth
Add the vegan egg, almond extract, dry ingredients and continue to mix until a smooth batter is formed
Spoon onto a greased baking tray, place a whole almond in the middle of the cookie or sprinkle chopped almonds around and bake for 25-30 minutes

Did you know the fortune cookie is not Chinese at all and was born in the 1900s in San Francisco?  As it is said, these almond cookies are meant to bring good luck, maybe they are the real fortune cookie? Either way, they are crispy and delicious, enjoy and may your life bring you all the luck you desire. 🙂

 

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