As promised. These were a huge hit. I made them from a slightly modified recipe I got off allrecipes.com.
Chinese Almond Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg white
1/2 tsp. water
sliced almonds and white sugar, for garnish/topping
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and extract. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet, mixing until combined. Roll mixture into 1-inch balls. Place the cookies 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten each cookie with a fork and sprinkle with almonds.
In a small bowl, beat egg white and water. Brush over cookies, then sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 325 degrees for 14-16 minutes, or until edges and bottoms are very lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.
Note: I made about 20 of these cookies, figuring we'd have plenty for a group of only 5 adults and 2 kids, especially after a filling meal of dumplings, soup and noodle stir fry. We served them with hot green and white tea, and not a one of these cookies was left by night's end. YUM!