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Friday, January 18, 2013

Melt-in mouth Peanut Cookies - CNY 2013

Another family favourite, this peanut cookie reminds me of my beloved father.  Every year, he would remind me to bake more of this cookie because most of my relatives love this melt-in the mouth, fine peanut cookie. My Pa loved melt-in the mouth peanut cookies which are fine, soft and fragrant.   Now, I felt sad, he isn't around anymore to remind or check with me what cookies I will be baking for CNY.
[makes 3 small bottles]
600 gm peanuts - wash and drain

1 lb plain flour
220-250 gm icing sugar
1 tsp salt - optional
1 tbsp butter
150-200 ml vegetable oil
1 egg - beaten for glazing
  1. Fry peanuts until crispy, skinned and ground into paste.
  2. Add sugar, salt and butter.  Fold in flour. 
  3. Combined well then gradually add in oil [you may not need all the oil].  
  4. The dough is ready once it can roll into a ball and does not stick to the hand.
  5. Pinch a small piece and roll into a ball. Place on parchment paper, leaving some space in between.  Do the same until the baking tray is filled with dough.
  6. Press each ball lightly with the end of a chopstick.  Brush egg glaze evenly over peanut cookies.
  7. Bake in preheated oven at 180 degrees C for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Remove cookies to cool on wire rack before storing in airtight containers.

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Phong Hong said...

Kimmy, this is another favourite of my late grandpa. These cookies remind me of him. How do you grind the peanuts?

kimmy said...

Hi Phong Hong, much easier to use a food processor which can also knead the dough. If using a grinder choose the 'pulse' function to grind until its fine and a little shiny [cos' of the peanut oil]. Then you don't need to follow the 1:1:1 ratio for the main ingredients.

Vivian Pang said...

Great looking peanut cookies. This is my favourite.

Mich Piece of Cake said...

Hi Kimmy, this is one of my favourite cookies! Love the fragrance of the peanut as I bite into it. Wish I could buy some from you!

lena said...

hi kimmy, my father's favourites too! He can just grab hold of the whole tin and eat by himself, like a kid! even tho your papa's not around, he;ll be very glad to know that he's forever in your heart.

Esther@thefussfreechef said...

Hi Kimmy, i am not a big fan of chinese new year cookies, but i do like peanut cookies, a childhood favourite. Years ago, i used to make them for cny, but got so exhausted tht i havent made then for like 10 years hahaha!

kimmy said...

Hi Vivian, looks like many ppl likes melt in the mouth peanut cookies. But there are some ppl who likes the crunchy type.

kimmy said...

Hi Mich, if you're nearby, I would be glad to share some with you. My cousin from JB will visit my mum every year and this is his favourite CNY cookie.

kimmy said...

Hi Lena, my Pa will reserve most of it for his visitors and he was also so pleased to tell them who made them. These are now sweet CNY memories.

kimmy said...

Hi Esther, frying and skinning the peanuts is quite time consuming but the fragrance it gave the cookies compared to store bought peanuts is worth the trouble. Maybe you can try making a smaller portion.

Caca said...

yummy! I love cookies rich of peanuts.

Fion said...

Hi Kimmy, i'm new to cooking. What kind of peanuts do you use?

kimmy said...

Hi Fion, I used the raw ground nuts with skin. Fry or roast ground nuts, removed the skin and grind till fine before using.

Cheah ~ No-Frills Recipes said...

I like this too but have never made them myself ..... because sometimes I do get this from my in-laws :)

kimmy said...

Hi Cheah, you are lucky to get them from relatives. I'll only get kuih kapit from my god-daugther.

Anonymous said...

Hello Kimmy,

Thanks for your wonderful recipes. I shall attempt to re-create your fantastic looking peanut cookies and kuih bangkit. They are my absolute favourite. I will miss celebrating CNY in Penang this year. Instead I am half frozen here in Canada! Gong Xi Fa Chai to you.

kimmy said...

Hi Anonymous, thanks for your lovely greetings and thoughts. Poor thing you are half frozen there, in Penang we are terribly 'heated'. The weather is very hot and humid. How I wish we don't have these extremes in weather here or there.

selina_seraphina_quek said...

hello kimmy, just wondering to fry the peanuts, must it be with oil or not?

selina_seraphina_quek said...

hi kimmy, just wondering if the peanuts are fried in oil or just frying in a wok?

Kimmy said...

Hi Selina, the peanuts [with skin] are fried without oil in a wok. You can also used grounded peanuts [ready bought from bakery stores] but grind them again until very fine like peanut butter texture before using.

Aileen M said...

Hi Kimmy, how come the peanut cookies I made cracked so badly? Kindly advise, thanks. I used 150ml oil.
It wasn't dry and I knead till the dough not sticking to my hand.

Kimmy said...

Hi Aileen, less oil is needed if you grind the peanuts into a paste like peanut butter. The cookies cracked badly cos' the dough is crumbly. Roll the dough until they are firm balls and press lightly. if it cracks when you press then the cookie will crack and is very crumbly. You have to roll the dough again. Cracks after baking is okay so long as it is not too crumbly and difficult to hold.

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