Chinese Almond Cakes Recipe
- 2 ½ cups sifted all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup white sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ cup butter, softened
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 36 blanched almonds
- 1 egg yolk
step 1: Sift flour, sugar, salt and baking powder together in a large bowl. Using pastry blender or knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.
step 2: Beat the egg together with 2 tablespoons of the water and the almond extract. Add this to the flour mixture and mix with a fork until dough leaves the sides of the bowl.
step 3: On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until it is smooth. Wrap it in foil or cling-wrap and refrigerate for one hour.
step 4: Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
step 5: Form dough into 1 inch balls and place them 3 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten each cookie to about 1/4 inch thick and press an almond into the center of each. Beat egg yolk with 1 tablespoon water and brush on cookies.
step 6: Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire rack to cool.