Chinese Five-Spice Almond Cookies

Chinese Five Spice 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?!

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.

Chinese Five Spice Cookies #FbCookieSwap | URBAN BAKES

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.

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 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:

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Chinese Five Spice Cookies #FbCookieSwap | URBAN BAKES

Chinese Five Spice Almond Cookies

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  • Author: Connie
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 3 dozen 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 pouch of sugar cookie mix
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese five spice
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 3 tablespoons turbinado sugar


  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!
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Cuisine: American

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

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