RE: Chinese almond cookies
Sonny, you are right about the green bean flour/paste used in Chinese confectionery. There is an excellent book published by the Wei-Chuan Company called "Chinese Snacks" that includes a recipe for a type of dim sum made from this same paste. The recipe given is savory, however, but still quite tasty!!! You really ought to try them. Probably the most famous Chinese sweetmeat is the steamed bun filled with red bean paste. Delicious!!
The Chinese are known for making many sweet dishes, all of which are served alongside numerous other savory delights with tea. Such sweets range from steamed sponge cakes, puddings, dumplings and filled buns, both savory and sweet. Then, served at the end of most Chinese banquets is the elaborate "Eight-Treasure Steamed Rice Cake". The key ingredient here of course is steamed glutinous rice, filled with red bean or lotus seed paste and dried fruits such as Chinese red dates, also known as "jujubes". The rule is that there must be no less than eight different ingredients.
Ask for one of these the next time you visit a Chinese Bakery.. you're guaranteed to impress anyone who sits at your table!!!!