Chinese New Year Peanut Cookies

Chinese New Year is a festive season for the Chinese race all around the year. Friends and families gather together during this time of the year to celebrate the coming of spring and also to celebrate the reunion. The festive season lasts for a period of 15 days. Shopping malls and families will start putting up the decorations almost a month before the festival. It is the most joyous time of the year as people get to see their friends and families whom they have not met throughout the year.

Of course, how can there be no goodies and food during a reunion? So ButteryBatter is bringing you CNY goodies and tidbits every weekend just in preparation for the festival. On this post, we’ll have peanut cookies!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups peanuts
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup icing sugar (alternatively, use castor sugar)
  • 1 cup corn oil (alternatively, use lard or butter)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg, beaten

1. Dry fry the peanuts in a wide non-stick pan (over medium heat), until they start to become fragrant and lightly browned. Take care to make sure you do not burn the peanuts.
2. Pulse the peanuts in a food processor, until it becomes a fine powder.
3. Heat the oven to 180′C.
4. Place the ground peanuts, flour, sugar and salt in a bowl of a stand mixer*, and mix until well combined.
5. With the stand mixer on (medium speed), slowly trickle the corn oil into the bowl containing the peanut/flour/sugar mixture. Mix until it forms a cohesive dough. You may need more or less oil depending on the weather/humidity. A good guide is to try forming a ball from the dough – it should not crumble.
6. Form the dough into 2cm balls, and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Press down lightly with a chopstick (alternatively, use a straw or a clean pen cover), this forms the typical indentation you see in the cookie.
7. Glaze lightly with the beaten egg.
8. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until they turn a lovely shade of golden brown.

* if you have a food processor, you can use it to mix the cookie dough as it will lead to less washing up! Alternatively, you can use a wooden spoon/your hands to mix the dough together.

Credits: http://breadetbutter.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/chinese-new-year-peanut-cookies/

Recipe based on Quinn’s recipe

xoxo,
Buttery & Batter ❤

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