Almond Ginger Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


about 3-1/2 dozen

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
Think outside the box this season and enjoy these traditional Chinese cookies, each one topped with an almond slice. —Shirley Warren, Thiensville, Wisconsin
Almond Ginger Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cream shortening, 1/2 cup sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Beat in egg and extract. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in ginger.
  2. Shape into 1-in. balls. Roll in remaining sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. Press an almond slice into center of each cookie.
  3. Bake until edges are lightly browned, 9-11 minutes. Cool 2 minutes before removing to wire racks. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 58 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 20mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.