A recipe for Chinese almond cookies on LandOLakes.com takes about 40 minutes to prepare. The ingredients include softened butter, sugar, eggs, all-purpose flour and whole blanched almonds.
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Combine 1 cup softened butter with 3/4 cup sugar in a bowl and beat at medium speed until the mixture becomes creamy. Add in one whole egg and 1 teaspoon almond flavoring, and mix well. Add 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Continue to beat at low speed until fully incorporated.
Blanch 48 almonds by placing them in a bowl and covering them with boiling water. Let them stand for one to two minutes before draining them, allowing them to cool, and rubbing them to remove the skins.
Shape the dough into 1 1/4-inch balls and place the balls 2 inches apart on a dry cookie sheet. Slightly flatten the dough balls, and place a whole blanched almond into the center of each one.
Make an egg wash by beating the yolk from 1 egg along with 1 tablespoon of water. Brush the cookies evenly with the egg wash mixture and bake for 11 to 15 minutes until they set.