Chinese Five Spice Cookies

These butter cookies get an earthy, spicy taste from five spice powder.

Adapted from McCormick's

Chinese Five Spice Cookies

About This Recipe

Yield:About 30 cookies
Active time:25 minutes
Total time:1 hour 40 minutes
Special equipment:2 baking sheets
This recipe appears in: Cookie Monster: Chinese Five Spice Cookies


  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese five spice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Sliced almonds, for garnish


  1. 1

    In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, chopped almonds, five spice powder, and salt.

  2. 2

    In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add almond extract and milk and beat until combined.

  3. 3

    Add flour mixture to bowl and beat until the dough begins to come together. Dough will be a little dry but you should be able to easily press it together with your fingers. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and let rest in refrigerator one hour.

  4. 4

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  5. 5

    Take dough out of refrigerator. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, then flatten between the palm of your hands. Place one sliced almond in the middle of each cookie for garnish.

  6. 6

    Bake cookies until golden, about 12 minutes. Let cool on sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack.

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