Almond Cookies

I used to frequent a Chinese restaurant which served the most delectable almond cookies. They were so good, I’d always sneak several out in my pocket when I left. I decided to try my hand at recreating them with as little sodium as possible and these crisp little treasures come pretty close. Although they’re easy to make, you’ll need to use an electric mixer (preferably the heavy-duty stand type) because of the heft and thickness of the dough.

Yields 5 dozen cookies.

SODIUM CONTENT: 2 mg per cookie


1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 c. sugar
1/2 t. pure vanilla extract
1 T. pure almond extract
1 egg
1 t. Ener-G sodium-free baking soda (available online at
2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add extracts and stir well, then beat in egg. Gradually add baking soda and flour, beating well and scraping sides of the bowl to incorporate fully. The dough will be very stiff.

Using your hands, roll dough into 1 – 1 1/2-inch balls and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Gently press down on cookies with the bottom of a floured glass or measuring cup to form flattened approx. 2 1/2-inch rounds. Place baking sheet on middle rack in oven and bake for 8-10 minutes. Watch the cookies carefully as they approach the time limit. You want them to be golden brown on the bottom, not the top. Remove from oven, and allow to cool on the baking sheet for a minute before removing to a wire rack to cool fully.

Store in an airtight container.

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2 Responses to Almond Cookies

  1. Kathi Defoe says:

    Love these cookies!! I shared them with my co-workers,neighbor and family and they loved them!! No one even knew they were low sodium! I used my cookie stamps and added a little “decor” to them. I recently found your website and have tried several of your recipes. All of them have passed the low salt taste test with flying colors! Today I am trying your Mushroom rice side dish to go with porkchops….Off to the kitchen! PS My tastebuds and my Meniere’s love you!! Thank you!!

  2. Christy says:

    YAY!! Kathi, can’t tell you how thrilled I was to get your comment~! These are one of my favorite cookies ever and I am so happy to hear you all liked them so much too! Also pleased to hear you’re enjoying everything you’ve tried so far. Please feel free to leave feedback or suggestions. Have a wonderful weekend!!

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