Chinese New Year Cookies

23 Jan

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I must admit I’ve been pretty slack in terms of updating my food blog as of late. Life has been going at 150km/h but in a good way. We went back to Singapore for Christmas with the family and we did a bit of travel around Thailand, which consisted of LOADS of Scuba diving… lots of lounging around drinking coconuts, eating fantastic Thai food and watching lobster red bodies parading topless on the beaches. 6 weeks of holiday bliss is very good for the soul.

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We had a nice cool weekend and with the Chinese New Year just around the corner, I thought it was a good idea to bake some chinese new year festive goodies. I baked peanut filled butter cookies rolled in icing sugar, cashew nut cookies, chinese almond cookies, walnut and almond squares and oatmeal raisin cookies. It is very common to use nuts, especially peanuts, in Chinese New year goodies as their culinary symbolism is longevity. And even if you don’t celebrate Chinese New Year… I hope you can still enjoy these nutty treats. :0)

Cashew Nut Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 210 grams butter
  • 80 grams icing sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • few drops of vanilla essence
  • 250 grams plain flour
  • 60 grams corn flour
  • 1/4 tsp bicarb. soda
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 300 grams cashew nuts

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degree Celsius.
  2. Bake 100 grams of cashews at 180 degree Celsius till slightly brown (about 5-10 min).
  3. Put the baked cashews in a food processor and grind till fine.
  4. Place the butter and icing sugar in a large bowl and whisk together with an electric mixer.
  5. Add 1 egg yolk and the vanilla essence to the mixture and stir together with a wooden spoon.
  6. In a separate bowl, sift together the plain flour, corn flour, bicarb soda and cinnamon.
  7. Add the flour mixture and the processed cashews to the butter mixture and mix together. Chill mixture in fridge for 30 min.
  8. Roll mixture into small round balls and arrange on a lined baking tray.
  9. Beat the remaining 2 egg yolks and brush the egg wash onto the cookies.
  10. Press whole cashews into the cookie and bake in oven for 15 min.

Walnut and Almond Squares

Ingredients:

  • 100 grams almond flakes
  • 70 grams walnut
  • 75 grams butter
  • 30 grams dark brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 20 grams almond meal
  • 120 grams plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarb soda
  • 1 egg

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degree Celsius.
  2. Bake the almond flakes and walnuts at 180 degree Celsius till slightly brown (about 5-10 min).
  3. Rub the butter, dark brown sugar and salt together with your fingers till they resemble bread crumbs.
  4. Add the almond meal, flour and bicarb soda and mix into the crumbly mixture.
  5. Add egg and mix well into the dough with your hands.
  6. Add the nuts and mix through evenly.
  7. Roll the mixture into a long, square shape.
  8. Chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
  9. Remove and cut into thin slices (about 5mm) and arrange on a lined bakingtray.
  10. Bake in oven at 180 degree Celsius for 20-25 minutes until brown.


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3 Responses to “Chinese New Year Cookies”

  1. thebayattic January 29, 2009 at 9:21 PM #

    The cookies and the strawberry crumble look and sound delicious, we shall have to give them a try. All the best with your studies ! E & D.

  2. Jo February 2, 2009 at 8:39 PM #

    OMG looks so good. Did not get my CNY treats fix this year and you are making me sad!

  3. Christine February 3, 2009 at 11:47 AM #

    You gotta come over Easter then! We’ll have a big cook up! How’s Med School coming along? I hope u are well.

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