So here goes my first batch of cookies for CNY, making the Peanut Cookies – the savoury salty kind, that melts in your mouth. Well symbolically, these cookies mean “full of golden sand” for prosperity , in addition peanut means longevity.
- 200 g of ground peanuts
(if you bought whole ones from the market, do fry them in a wok or pan for about 10 mins on medium to low fire.. make sure they don’t burn. Stir them constantly – when the peanuts have a nice aroma and are golden, turn off the heat. Let them cool. Remove the skins, this is the tiring part and place the skinned peanuts in a food processor, pulse them til fine)
- 200g of castor sugar
- 200g of plain flour
- 1/2 tsp of bicarbonate soda
- 1/2 tsp fine salt
- 120 g of peanut oil (plus 1 tsp of melted butter)
- 1 egg yolk + 1 tsp of water, mix them together for glazing
Preheat oven at 160 degrees C
In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together and with your hands blend them well. Then slowly add in the oil, bit by bit as your stir and knead them with your hand. Keep adding the oil bit by bit until the dough becomes cohesive, it resembles a shortbread dough consistency. Knead the dough with your palm, for about 5 mins.
Then pinch a small teaspoonful of dough and roll them into balls, put them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and flatten the balls slightly with your palm about 1.5-2 cm in diameter. I used a chopstick to make an indention in the middle of each flattened but 1.5 cm thick cookie. Brush the tops with the egg yolk mixture
Bake the cookies for about 15-20 mins til slightly golden but not brown. Let them cool and store them in an airtight container.