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Chinese Five-Spice Almond Cookies


Chinese Five-Spice Almond Cookies #FbCookieSwap | URBAN BAKES

I’m thrilled to be a part of this wonderful event, Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap hosted by Lindsey and Julie to help raise money for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.  It’s feels good knowing that a small donation can help go a long way and I get cookies sent to my door step.  How great is that?!

Chinese Five-Spice Almond Cookies #FbCookieSwap | URBAN BAKES

I don’t remember how I discovered there was a national cookie swap; probably read someone’s blog much like you but what I do remember, is thinking how much I wanted to participate later in the year.  So to not miss the deadline, I subscribed to their email and stalked their Facebook page.  Nothing much was happening but then… I got that email.  You could probably imagine how excited I was when I read, “The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013 is here!”  I immediately signed up.

The procrastinator that I am, (literally the worst!) I couldn’t decide what cookies to make till the Friday before they had to be shipped!  I was stumped.  You see, when you give a person too many options, it becomes more difficult to choose.  So yea, out of all the cookies in the world I had the hardest time deciding.  I guess I’m just complicated like that.

Chinese Five-Spice Almond Cookies #FbCookieSwap | URBAN BAKES

But then I thought, “Hey sugar cookies are popular during the holiday season, why not make those” then suddenly, I remembered my once cookie-decorating-epic-fail from a terribly shaky hand.  To start those at 11 PM on a Friday night with it having to be shipped by Saturday morning, “I don’t think so!”  I resorted to the books.

I found a recipe called for Chinese five-spice and wondered what this could taste like.  My boyfriend’s brother always had a unique stash of spices and this was one of them.  After I bought the spice I went straight over to Michael’s to purchase tins for shipping when I stumbled upon the “Chinese” holiday take-out containers.  GET IT?!  :-)

Hahaha I just had to.

Chinese Five-Spice Almond Cookies #FbCookieSwap | URBAN BAKES

So if you’re wondering what on earth do these cookies taste like?  It’s quite simple actually, it like a spiced sugar cookie with a bite of almonds.  And if you’re curious to know what Chinese five-spice really is, it’s a culmination of any 5 of these spices: anise, cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, ginger, star anise and Szechuan peppercorns.  This recipe is super easy to make and makes the perfect 3 dozens cookies I needed for the swap.

I want to give another thank you to the bloggers that I received cookies from.  You’re cookies were so good I didn’t even have time to take a photo!

Also, for more cookie inspiration, check out the bloggers who I gave cookies to:

Chinese Five-Spice Almond Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 pouch of sugar cookie mix
  • 2 t Chinese five-spice
  • 1/2 C unsalted butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 C sliced almonds
  • 3 T turbinado sugar

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.  Line 2 large cookie sheets with silicone mat or parchment paper; set aside in a cool area.
  2. In large bowl, stir cookie mix and five-spice until blended.
  3. Stir in fat and egg until soft dough forms.  Stir in almonds.
  4. Roll dough into 36 (1-inch) balls.  Dip one side of each ball into coarse sugar about halfway in.
  5. Place on cookie sheet, sugar-side-up, 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges begin to brown.  Cool for 2 minutes and transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to further cool.  ENJOY!

Chinese Five-Spice Almond Cookies recipe adapted from Betty Crocker Pockets: Fall Baking


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