Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cashew Nut Cookies

I know it's strange but I'm actually not a big fan of Chinese New Year snacks despite having a sweet tooth. Not into bak gwa or any candy as well. But wanted to bake something festive just to feel like I'm part of the celebrations hahah! Am submitting this entry to Aspiring Bakers #3: My Favorite CNY Cookie (Jan 2011).

Was kinda grinning to myself when I packed the cookies in the jars, as they look similar to those which are commercially sold. These buttery melt-in-your-mouth cookies are packed with rich cashew nut flavor and are delicious. My only qualm is they can be tad sweeter, will add more sugar in the future. 恭喜发财!!

Cashew Nut Cookies (adapted from My Kitchen Snippets)

Ingredients:
250g all purpose flour
60g corn flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
210g butter (I use unsalted)
100g powdered sugar (to increase to 120g)
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
200g ground cashew nuts
1 egg (beaten for eggwash)
Extra cashew nuts, cut into halves for decoration

Method:
1. Pre-heat oven to 180 °C. Sift all the dry ingredients and set aside.
2. Cream butter with powder sugar until light. Add in egg yolk and vanilla essence. Mix well.
3. Stir in the dry ingredients and ground cashew nuts. Mix well. Chill dough in fridge for 40 min.
4. Shape the dough into small balls (11g for me) or roll it out and cut into desire shapes. Arrange on a lined baking tray. Brush with beaten egg and place half cashew nut on top of cookies and press slightly to flatten it.
5. Bake for 15 mins (16 mins for me) or until it is nicely brown. Cool and keep in airtight container.

14 comments:

  1. hehe see you finally did it! hmmm i could almost smell it! very yummy!

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  2. This looks so good, I'm sure it's so much better than those store bought.

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  3. hey jean, those cookies look really good!! (: (:

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  4. These cookies look great, just like the one sold in the stores but these are freshly baked!

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  5. I am also not a big fan of most CNY cookies but bak gwa is my fav... hahaha... yours looks great!! :)

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  6. thanks ladies!! :D

    have a great chinese new year ahead! :P

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  7. Perfect cookies! Look so yummy too.

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  8. would you mail me some haha.. I don't have any recollection of having any CNY cookies yet.. or none that I remember of. Maybe this is a reason for me to try it.. or maybe just wait for my box from the mail? LOL!
    great looking cookies.. i like the cashews on top too!

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  9. Very timely cookie recipe for CNY! Your cookies looks perfect!

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  10. hello jean. sometimes it could be a little strange ..just today i met a new friend, a very sweet young chinese lady who doesnt eat rice or noodles at all...there are a lot of nice bakes here in your blog, thanks for your comments earlier so i got to know you.

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  11. thank you ladies!

    skip to malou: i think they should be selling now in Chinatown @ LA - which is like few hours drive for you - the old folks there are still pretty traditional when it comes to new year celebrations.

    lena: i supposed she's on a diet? i did that too when i was dying to slim down hahah

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  12. I book marked this ... but regret never get down to baking it.

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  13. im gonna start baking madly this week, just wanna know how long can i keep these in airtight container?

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  14. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Will try to make this for this coming CNY.

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