Almond biscuit

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Almond cookies and almond biscuits are prepared in different ways across various cultures and in various cuisines. It is a type of light colored cookie often topped with sliced almond in the United States.[1][not in citation given] In China a form of almond cookie is the almond biscuit. In China, almond cookies are sometimes prepared with almond flour.[2]

Various other forms of almond cookie are prepared in other countries including: macaroons, Spanish almendrados, and Qurabiya (a shortbread biscuit made with almonds. In Turkey Şekerpare are often decorated with an almond (or pistaschio or walnut). In Norway, sandkakers are a type of almond cookie that are baked in tins which are fluted.[3]

Chinese almond biscuits[edit]

Almond biscuit
Traditional Chinese 杏仁餅
Simplified Chinese 杏仁饼
Hanyu Pinyin xìng rén bǐng
Literal meaning almond biscuit
Almond biscuit
Macau Koi Kei Bakery Almond Biscuits 2.JPG
Alternative names Almond cake, almond cookie
Type Biscuit
Place of origin China
Region or state Canton
Main ingredients Almonds
Cookbook:   Media: Almond biscuit

An almond biscuit (also called almond cake, almond cookie or Ghorayebah) is a type of Chinese pastry. The biscuit is one of the most standard pastries in Canton, Hong Kong, Macau and can also be found in some Chinatown bakery shops overseas.[4] The biscuits are small with no filling by default. They are also crunchy, sometimes crumbling on first bite.

In Macau, the snack has been one of the most popular specialty products. Especially near the Ruins of the Cathedral of St. Paul, streets are packed with 10 to 20 stores, all selling different flavors of almond biscuits next to one another. Hawkers line up on the street to push the merchandise. It is recommended on the official Macau tourism website as a famous Macanese snack.[5] Koi Kei is one of the famous brands of almond cookies from Macau.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Almond Cookies". Retrieved 2013-05-17. 
  2. ^ Simoons (1991). Food in China: A Cultural and Historical Inquiry. CRC Press. p. 270. ISBN 084938804X
  3. ^ Stokker, Kathleen (2000). Keeping Christmas: Yuletide traditions in Norway and the new land. Minnesota Historical Society Press. p. 27. ISBN 0873513908
  4. ^ "Chinese Almond Cookie Recipe". The Nibble Great Food Finds. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Where To Eat, What To Eat in Macau"