Chinese Almond Cookies
Snacks & Small Bites

Chinese Almond Cookies


24 January 2017


When it comes to Chinese New Year, not many of us give much thought to what goes into the food we’re eating, and how healthy or unhealthy they may be. A lot of the goodies we consume are decidedly on the unhealthier side!

We tried this recipe for almond cookies and they taste just as good as the traditional recipe but much healthier! And they’re refined sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan-friendly, and paleo-friendly!


  • 21 dried or blanched almonds
  • 200g almond meal or almond flour
  • 30g desiccated coconut
  • 30g coconut sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Paleo Friendly Baking Powder

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar

Wet Ingredients

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut essence
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Make the baking powder by mixing the baking soda and cream of tartar together. Set aside.
  2. Combine and mix all the wet ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. In another bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients (except for the almonds) and the baking powder together. Make sure your bowl is big enough for this.
  4. Next, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix well.
  5. Preheat fan-forced oven to 160°C/320°F. Position the oven rack in the lower part of your oven.
  6. Form one-inch balls with the dough, and place them onto lined baking trays making sure they’re well spaced out (about two inches apart). You should have about 20 cookies.
  7. Press an almond onto the centre of each cookie.
  8. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned.
  9. Allow the cookies to cool on the trays for 10 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
  10. When completely cooled, store in an air-tight container.

Enjoy them with a nice cup of tea!