When in China, do and eat as the Chinese do!
If you have been to China, you would know that you would be getting many free treats on the streets around the Chinese New Year. It happened to me last year. While roaming around on the streets of Macau on a rainy day, I came across free samples of Macau-style almond cookies. I came across many vendors, each claiming to be better than the other is, but the Koi Kei Bakery has the best Macau Almond Cookie Recipe; it beats them all.
Although I am more of a savory person, I doubled back and went for more after having this flavorful delight. Moreover, to my luck, I got two extra packets that lasted me long enough.
However, as they say, good things do not last for long. So when I came back home, not a single day went by when I did not miss those cookies. However, flying back to Macau for some cookies was not an option. Therefore, after skimming through every almond cookie recipe on the Internet, I got in the kitchen- not even kidding.
Moreover, after trials and errors, I am proud to say that I have almost replicated the taste and aroma of the Macau Almond Cookies recipe.
So let us roll up our sleeves and make ourselves a mouthwatering delight!
Macau Almond Cookie Recipe
- 2 cups Mung Bean Flour. or 300grams ,sifted
- 2 cups Sugar. or 250 grams, whiter or brown powdered
- 1 cup Almond powder. or 100 grams, or meal
- 4 tbsp Milk powder. Dry, (this is optional, skip this if you are trying to make it vegan)
- 2 tbsp Cornstarch. (optional)
- Salt to taste.
- ¾ cups Coconut Oil. or 150 grams, (melted)
- 2 tbsp Peanut Butter.
- ½ tsp Almond extract.
- ½ cup Almonds. or about 48 sliced
Here is what you need to do:
- While we prep for the cookies, set the oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit to get nice and hot.
- Take a large bowl. Throw in the flour, sugar, almond powder, salt, dry milk, and cornstarch. Whisk until well-combined.
- Gradually add in the peanut butter and melted oil. Use your fingers (a pastry cutter, too) to form a dry and crumbly mixture. However, when squeezed, the mixture should hold together and not fall apart.
- Once you have the mixture ready, take any 48 mini cookie molds or cupcake tins. Grease each of them with oil and flour. Place the almond slices at the bottom, and press in the mixture, do not overfill. (You can use flower-shaped molds to give them their classic Macau shape).
- Put them in the preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes.
- Take them out, and let them cool for about 15-20 minutes.
- Take the cookies on the baking sheet from the tin gently. They will easily come out.
- Enjoy them with your friends!
This recipe is easy to make with simple ingredients once you get your hands on the mung bean flour. So if you have been feeling the guilt that you have never treated your Chinese friends the way they did in their homeland. Make them feel home and welcomed with this Macau Almond Cookie Recipe.
Not only is this recipe curated with healthy ingredients, but it also tastes divine. So, let your kids enjoy learning about the Chinese culture, even though they have never been there. But, be careful; these nutty delights are fragile; treat them well!
Cuisines, Calorie Count and Nutritional Value
Mung bean almond cookies are the classic and cultural heritage, originated first in Canton, China. Then, however, it became a prominent delight in the streets of Macau. Moreover, since then, people around the world try to replicate the recipe. Especially the ones who have migrated want their children to enjoy their cultural festivity.
We all know cookies and desserts are fattening and can disrupt your calorie count. However, you can eat up to one to two, or maybe three cookies if you are on a cheat day or simply because it is the Lunar New Year. A single cookie has about 99 calories. Therefore, it depends on your sweet tooth.
Cookies do not hold much nutritional value, as they are more for satisfying your taste buds. However, this Macau Almond Cookie recipe has 13g of carbs, 4g of fats, 3g of proteins, and about 8mg calcium and iron with a little Vitamin A.
So, these Macau Almond Cookies are not exactly super healthy, but they do contain low sugar and cholesterol content. Hence, not unhealthy either. Moreover, let us be honest at a festival; fun and taste are usually the priority. Therefore, we can take care of our health during the rest of the year!
How to Store Almond Cookies?
Although the festival lasts for a single day, people usually like to “hangover” the delights for the rest of the week. At least I do. Moreover, these cookies are not very fattening or unhealthy, making a perfect snack with the evening tea.
This Macau Almond Cookie Recipe can stay as good and fresh as on the first day in an airtight container for up to a month. After that, there is no need to refrigerate it. You can also prepare the cookie mixture ahead of time. It can stay good for 3 days covered with tin foil in the refrigerator.
- Let the cookies completely cool after baking. Then, gently tap the back of the cookie tin, so it comes out easily.
- It would be best if you find the classic moon cake mold to recreate the look. However, you can use any mold or tin you want.
- The traditional Macau Almond Cookies are dry and crumbly and might leave your throat powdery. This recipe has coconut oil to make it “melt-in-your-mouth,” you can use unsalted butter too!
Mouthwatering Recommendations for You
Here are some more recipes that make a great cuisine with the cookies. Even if they turn out dry, we have some great drinks to swallow the cookies easily.
- Meatball Spinach Soup
- Tomato Cucumber Salad
- Mediterranean Crusted Salmon
- Hawaiian Bread Spinach Dip
- Honey Butter Almond
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Shakeology
Happy Chinese New Year
I have always missed the Macau Almond Cookies that were always the star of the show after my grandma passed away. However, I always dreaded making them. What if they turned even drier? Fortunately, I came across this melting-in-the-mouth Macau Almond Cookie recipe. And it has been a favorite family treat since then!