Almond Hearts


To welcome the Chinese Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year, or the year of Rabbit, which falls on Thursday, February 03, 2011, and to make me feel like I am in the holiday spirit, I have baked some cookies. So here I wish you, my dear friends, Gung Hei Fat Choy! 岁岁平安! 年年有余!兔年行大运!

  • 250 g Butter, at room temperature
  • 100 g Confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 2 Egg yolk
  • 300 g Pastry flour
  • 150 g Whole almonds, roasted and ground
  • 1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 50 g Blanched almonds
  1. Cut the softened butter into smaller pieces and place them in a mixing bowl. Sift in icing sugar. Beat on the low speed to blend the butter into the sugar. Increase the speed and mix for about 1 minute until creamy and smooth. Beat in one egg yolk until blended.
  2. Whisk together the pastry flour, ground almond and cinnamon. Add the flour mixture into the creamed butter. Mix until it comes together. Wrap the dough with a plastic film and chill for 1 hour.
  3. Prepare two baking trays with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Remove the dough from the fridge. Roll the dough out to a thickness of 5mm. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter about 5 cm in diameter, cut out about 50 cookies.
  4. Place them on the prepared baking trays. Beat the remaining egg yolk and brush the top of cookies. Top each cookie with one blanched almond. Bake for about 12 minutes. Remove and cool on racks.

93 comments:

Satya 3/2/11 09:57

those cute almond hearts looks very tempting..
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Jeannie 3/2/11 10:01

Happy Chinese New Year to you Angie, those cookies are great for Valentine's Day too:D

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Ana Rita 3/2/11 10:09

Valentin's Day is comming and these cookies should make a sweet gift...
So cute...

Kiss,
Rita

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Umm Mymoonah 3/2/11 10:15

Almond Hearts looks very cute, crispy and crunchy. Good to know about Chinese New Year :)

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Abhilash Pillai 3/2/11 10:18

the cookies look nice and crisp.

Gung Hei Fat Choy

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Sharon @ Fun and Life 3/2/11 10:20

Almond hearts look so nice! Happy New Year to you too! Wishing you a most happy, healthy, prosperous year! :D

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Sanjeeta kk 3/2/11 10:33

Perfect bake for my Valentine of 20 years :) Love the shapes and crisp cookies, and the click too.

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Sharmilee! :) 3/2/11 10:33

Luv those firm heart shaped almonds.....yummmy

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angicoock 3/2/11 10:37

bUONI E romantici questi biscottini adatti per la festa di S. Valentino.
Un saluto

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claudia lamascolo 3/2/11 10:38

what a great looking golden color these must be delicious!

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Rosa's Yummy Yums 3/2/11 10:40

Happy Chinese New Year! Those are wonderful cookies.

Cheers,

Rosa

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Cherine 3/2/11 11:00

Lovely cookies!
Happy Chinese NY!

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peachkins 3/2/11 11:11

lovely almond hearts..

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Treat and Trick 3/2/11 11:52

Happy New Year Angie! What a love cookies, perfect for the celebration..

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OohLookBel 3/2/11 11:55

Beautiful cookies for new year! The cinnamon and almond reminds me of Californian cookies (my favourite!).

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Heavenly Housewife 3/2/11 13:02

Happy Chinese New Year daaaaaahling, let me help you celebrate by eating a few of these delicious cookies.
*kisses* HH

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Carolyn 3/2/11 13:14

These are so perfectly shaped and look delicious.

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Joanne 3/2/11 13:33

I love multi-tasking and the fact that these are not only delicious but are perfect for TWO holidays...can't get any better.

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Jenn 3/2/11 14:14

Those are adorable!

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lora 3/2/11 14:37

Simply beautiful cookies...

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statii radio 3/2/11 14:44

These almond hearts are so mouth-watering. And they are an excellent treat for Valentine’s Day.

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Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 3/2/11 15:01

Happy New Year, my dear! These look great, especially perfect for the coming Valentine's holiday, plus almonds are one of my favorite nuts. How could I even resist? :)

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Beth 3/2/11 15:02

What beautiful cookies! Happy Chinese New Year to you, too!

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Biren @ Roti n Rice 3/2/11 15:08

Happy Lunar New Year to you! These cookies look adorable!

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Carol 3/2/11 15:19

Gung Hei Fat Choy! Happy New Year! Great looking cookies! Love almond cookies.

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A SPICY PERSPECTIVE 3/2/11 15:26

Oh they are so cute. Not only perfect for the spring festival, but for Valentines day!

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SavoringTime in the Kitchen 3/2/11 16:45

Happy New Year, Angie! Delicious and beautiful heart cookies!

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Faith 3/2/11 17:06

Beautiful cookies, and I bet they taste fantastic! Happy New Year to you!

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Roxan 3/2/11 17:15

These are adorable. I totally want to make them - but alas I have all the ingredients but the egg yolks.

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whatsfordinneracrossstatelines 3/2/11 17:36

Gung Hei Fat Choy to you too! I love these cookies and I love how you made them in a heart shape. I have to try these. I've always bought them, but never made them! Hoping your week is the best.
-Gina-

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Ivy 3/2/11 17:36

Happy New Year Angie. The cookies look adorable and must surely taste wonderful.

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Happy Cook 3/2/11 17:40

They looks so so cute and yummy.

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The Duo Dishes 3/2/11 18:01

So buttery and good! A nice way to bring in the New Year!

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Torviewtoronto 3/2/11 18:05

beautiful valentine treats
happy new year

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aipi 3/2/11 18:57

So adorable!!
Happy Chinese New Year Angie !


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Priya 3/2/11 19:32

Happy Chinese New Year Angie...Almond hearts looks damn cute and elegant..

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Kate @ Diethood.com 3/2/11 20:28

You chose a seriously yummy treat to kick off the Chinese New Year.
I love that there's an almond in this cookie! Nuts find their way into most of my cookies and cakes.

Happy Chinese New Year!

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Sue 3/2/11 20:45

LOVE your heart shaped almond cookies! They'll really add to the festivities!

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Ananda Rajashekar 3/2/11 20:53

Happy Chinese New year to you and yours and those almond hearts are darn cute would couple of those :)

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Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels 3/2/11 21:46

I LOVE almond cookies. What a great idea to make them in the shape of hearts, so cute! :)

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michelangelo in the kitchen 3/2/11 22:12

Your cookies speak Happy New Year and Happy Valentine's!!! They look just fabulous! The best almond cookies yet! This makes me want to make them pronto!!! Gong Xi Fa Cai and Happy Valentine's Day to you!!!

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tigerfish 3/2/11 23:28

Appropriate for CNY and Valentine! How good!

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen 4/2/11 00:02

How pretty. I've always wanted to try making these, and I never realized that they were so similar to almond shortbread cookies.

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Ellie (Almost Bourdain) 4/2/11 00:28

Cute and beautiful. Perfect for valentine's day.

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Claudia 4/2/11 02:29

In my life, almonds bring prosperity and luck. At the very least, these cookies will bring delight. Happy Year of the Rabbit!

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Lisa H. 4/2/11 02:51

delightful and yummmm :)
I miss home this time of year... missed having the festive food :(

Kong Hee Fatt Choy :)

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Cakewhiz 4/2/11 03:22

Oh so cute! Putting an almond in the centre was a great idea :)

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RAKS KITCHEN 4/2/11 03:29

They look so perfect and cute too! Lovely clicks!

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5 Star Foodie 4/2/11 05:10

Those almond hears look so adorable!

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Charissa 4/2/11 06:55

Thanks for the friend add on FoodBuzz...love your site..and your photos are beautiful! It's so cool to meet other food bloggers!

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marla 4/2/11 14:21

These cookies must have the perfect texture with all those almonds - love 'em for Chinese New Year & Valentine's Day!

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Christine@Christine's Recipes 4/2/11 14:32

When browsing your pic of CNY cookies, I also think of Valentine Day too. Love the heart shape of them.

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Debbi Does Dinner Healthy 4/2/11 14:58

These are so pretty! And they look delicious! They kids were all looking at them and they are like, "Can we make those!"

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Hélia 4/2/11 15:34

Lovely cookies,perfect for Valentine's.

kiss

Hélia

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Cathy 4/2/11 15:56

This is my idea of the perfect cookie and so perfect for Valentine's Day.

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Amy at TheSceneFromMe 4/2/11 16:38

Gorgeous photos! Almonds are one of my favorite nuts :)

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Emily Z 4/2/11 16:41

Happy New Year! These almond hearts are so cute! Great job, as always!

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A Canadian Foodie 4/2/11 16:53

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I almost thought there were carrots in these when I saw the photo. They are really crispy looking, but there are the orange flecks (at least on my screen) that made them look particularly mysterious.
:)
Valerie

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alwayswinner786 4/2/11 17:44

Angie A Very Happy Chinese New Year to you and all your loved ones!
Crispy almond hearts cookies are great for V-day!
Love always.

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Jean | Delightful Repast 4/2/11 18:00

Angie, I'd like several of those adorable hearts right this minute with a nice cup of tea! I can just taste them now!

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Devaki 4/2/11 19:48

Gong Xi Fat Choy, Angie!

Love the cookies - You are the Queen of Baking - indisputably!

chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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Catherine 4/2/11 20:04

These cookies look wonderful Angie! Perfect Valentine's cookie!

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ravienomnoms 4/2/11 20:06

Those are so cute and so great for Valentine's Day that is coming up!

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Mary 4/2/11 22:24

These are wonderfully seasonal and they look delicious. Ilove almonds and would love to have one of these with my afternoon coffee. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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Raina 4/2/11 22:37

Happy new year! Your cookies look so delicious. I love nutty cookies like these. They look perfect for Valentine's Day too:)

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Elisabeth 4/2/11 23:16

Angie-These cookies are insanely yummy, and beautiful. You are not only ready for the CNY, but also for Valentiene's...you can re-post it for Valentine's Day, that's how sweet and lovely they are.
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR, to you and yours!

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Shirley @ Kokken69 5/2/11 03:48

Angie, here's wishing you 新年快乐,万事如意!

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Angela 5/2/11 05:50

Beautiful! I love the color.

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scrambledhenfruit 5/2/11 06:30

Perfect treats for any celebration! These little almond hearts look wonderful.

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Monet 5/2/11 07:21

I must wholeheartedly agree with all the above comments. These are just adorable! Thank you for sharing with me. I hope you have a great weekend. I'm ready for some warmth!

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tasteofbeirut 5/2/11 07:22

These almond cookies look and taste wonderful; certainly a world away from the restaurant/commercial products!

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lisaiscooking 5/2/11 17:38

Happy Lunar New Year! These heart shapes are so pretty, and the almonds on top look great!

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Velva 5/2/11 22:19

Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family Angie!

I really enjoy the flavor of almond. I like that these cookies are not overly sweet. Very nice!

Velva

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Chow and Chatter 5/2/11 22:53

this look great happy new year to one of my favorite bloggers

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Chef E 6/2/11 02:59

Your creations lately are amazing as usual! Love the fig salsa, the orange bread and now this! BTW I only have bites of sweets, still doing very well on my weight loss. I will post a video on my poetry blog, maybe my food blog one day...you can really tell I have slimmed down...my age slows it down a bit, but I will get there soon...

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Pacheco Patty 6/2/11 05:25

Happy Chinese New Year! The bowl of almond cookies looks just like jewels, so pretty. I love this recipe and all the better with almonds on the inside and lovely on the outside as well;-)

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Foodiva 6/2/11 09:37

Valentine and Chinese New Year all taken care of by these cookies! I marvel at your ingenuity and practicality, Angie.

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A Thought For Food 6/2/11 15:19

These cookies are so adorable!!! This would be fun to pass out to friends and loved ones on Valentine's Day.

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OysterCulture 7/2/11 00:55

Lovely, delicious looking cookies, and Happy New Year back at you!
Gung Hei Fat Choy

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My Little Space 7/2/11 01:04

How gorgeous are these! May we exchange? haha....
祝你,新年快乐 事事顺利 心想事成 恭喜恭喜!
With love,
Kristy ((hugs))

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Joy 7/2/11 03:01

That looks so good. I love love love almond cookies.

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denise @ bread expectations 7/2/11 10:15

Very pretty Angie! Hope you had a wonderful CNY!!!

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Annie 7/2/11 20:46

Those are so cute! I love almond cookies.

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Magic of Spice 8/2/11 06:40

Happy Lunar/Chinese New Year Angie...these are adorable and I love almond cookies :) Beautiful!

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Cheah 8/2/11 07:44

Happy New Year Angie! Your cookies will be great for Valentine's Day!

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Lauren 9/2/11 12:18

these are great for valentines day (and almonds are good for your heart).

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FOODESSA 9/2/11 13:57

Angie...you are so nice to have thought of your Asian readers and make them this sweet dedication. Adorable cookies ;o)

Ciao for now,
Claudia

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Cristina 9/2/11 22:30

These almond heart cookies are adorable, Angie! :)

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Mother Rimmy 10/2/11 04:03

Such a petite and pretty cookie. Perfect for Valentine's Day!

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Shanae Branham 27/2/11 08:38

What a fun cookie! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope to see you again sometime.

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