Chinese almond cookies

April 9 is (for no immediately apparent reason) Chinese Almond Cookie Day. These cookies originated in Macau, but I was unaware of them on my sole visit to the island back in 2007. There, the traditional recipe calls for ground almonds and mung beans, and the dough is pressed into a wooden mold before baking. The cookies are served year-round but are a traditional part of the Mid Autumn Festival. I’ve made something called Chinese almond cookies; the recipe was basically sugar cookies flavored with almond extract and garnished with sliced almonds. (Other common recipes more nearly resemble shortbread.) They may not have been the traditional recipe, but they were delicious.