Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Chinese Peanut Cookies



Finally I made Jo's peanut cookies that I have been eyeing since last year! The original recipe can be found at IK (under cookies/biscuit section). I only did 1/4 of the recipe because I only have 80g of ground peanuts at home. So, I testing out this recipe earlier preparing for the CNY ahead.




Here's my adaptation of her recipe: (yield 37 cookies)

(A)
1 1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour/ plain flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
(B)
1/4 cup sugar (or icing sugar for more melt in the mouth texture)
80g ground coarsed roasted/toasted peanuts
(C)
1/3 cup + 2 Tbp. canola oil

1 egg, beaten for egg wash

Method:

1. Sift (A) into a bowl.
2. Add (B), mix well.
3. Add (C), stir with a fork, the mixture will be crumbly.
4. Use your hands, scoop up the mixture and press it into balls. Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
5. Glaze the peanut cookies with egg wash.
6. Bake at preheated 350'F oven for 20 minutes.



This peanut cookie is soft and melt-in-the-mouth. Though I find the cookie not sweet enough, it might be because I have developed a sweeter tooth after living in the States for so long. It can be sweeter but just as yummy!

Jo, thank you for this keeper recipe! :D Will make more for the CNY for sure hard to stop at just a few.


Edited to add:





The one above I made it with small cookie scoop for CNY. You can get the cookie scoop from Bed Bath & Beyond. To me, it looks so much nicer with the scoop.

17 comments:

linnish said...

Ahh...these peanut cookies look lovely, I remember we used to have those for CNY too! I'm still thinking of what I should bake besides pineapple tarts for the coming CNY...

Little Corner of Mine said...

I already know what I wanted to make. I thought since I have 2 cups of almond flakes, I can make almond cookies, but alas I burned all of it for not watching the oven. Thus, no more almond cookies, what a waste! :(

Rasa Malaysia said...

This is my CNY favorite cookies...so good, I always had so much fun making them when I was little. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi,
all your cookies looks yummy,may I know how to make those roasted peanuts?Can I simply dry-fried raw peanuts and process them?Please advise.Thank you.
Happy new year to you and family.

Cheers,
NAN

Little Corner of Mine said...

Rasa Malaysia, this is one of my favorites too! So sedap!

Hi NAN,
Happy New Year to you too! Yes, you can dry-fry raw peanuts (get the skinless one) and process them. Or toast them in a toaster oven and process them in a food processor (that's how I did mine). Just keep watch and don't burn it!

Kat said...

Had such great success with your sugee cookies that I made one batch of the peanut cookies today & they are as delicious & melt in your mouth. You are right about it not being sweet enough. I tweaked it a little when I made a second batch & increased the sugar to 1/3 cup & also add a couple of pinches of salt. It taste slightly sweeter & the little salt seems to round out the flavor.

Thanks so much for sharing your recipe! :)

Wishing you & family a very Happy, Healthy, Prosperous & Peaceful Year of the Boar!

Kat

Little Corner of Mine said...

Kat,

You're welcome and glad you like it! Maybe you can try my pineapple tarts next huh? Hehe...

Wishing you and family a healthy and happy new year too! :)

Anonymous said...

hi..thanks for putting up the recipe.. i'm kinda new at making cookies..but planning to try out..
i was thinking whether can i replace the canola oil with the normal cooking oil?

Little Corner of Mine said...

Hi Anon,

Yes, you can replace Canola oil with vegetable oil, corn oil or oil that doesn't have strong flavor.

Anonymous said...

Hi, what sort of sugar are you referring to in your receipe - icing, caster, fine or course sugar?

Little Corner of Mine said...

Hi Anon,
Sugar = granulated sugar or fine sugar.

Carrie said...

Hi hi,

May I know how many cookie can this recipe yield? Thanks!

Wanna make this frm CNY!

Cheerios!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Hi Carrie,
It depends on how big/how small you make it. I forgot, should have at least 50, I think.

Anonymous said...

Hi LCOM,

Happen to stumble on your Green bean and peanut cookies that do not have any eggs in it except for glazing at the top. My son is allergic to eggs so he can't have any sort of CNY cookies or even cakes. Looks like i may be able to try this out for him. So my questions...

is it ok not to glaze the top with egg or if i need to, is there an alternative?

For the peanut... instead of coarse texture.. could i ground it finer for my toddler.

Another thing... i think my mini oven may not have the temp setting till 300 or 360 degree... it may be until 200 or 260 thereabout. So do i have to bake it longer?

Sorry for such naive questions but i am not into baking and sitll very blur....

thanks... and happy CNY.

Mei Shi

Little Corner of Mine said...

Hi Mei Shi,
-No, you don't have to glaze the cookies if you don't want to.
-Yes, you can grind the peanuts to a finer texture.
-The oven temperature stated is 'F, is yours in 'C? Go to my right panel and look under oven temperature conversion to get the right temp. Sorry, because I haven't seen any oven high only until 260'F, I guess yours should be 260'C. Please double check!

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I was wondering if the ground peanuts are roasted be adding into the mixture?

Little Corner of Mine said...

Yes Anon, it's roasted/toasted ground peanuts.