January 29, 2011

This Festive Season, When Nuttiness Reigns

At this time of year, I’ve been juggling with career on one hand and the mad Chinese New Year rush on the other.

Sometimes, I wish I was born a multitasker, an outstanding one. Weary days like these have had my brain going nuts, and so are my taste buds (literally). All that crunch and nutty tone seem appealing!

In 24 hours or so, I can gobble up one whole jar of toasted cashew nuts my mom had prepared for Chinese New Year. A sigh or a shake of head usually follows: Her Royal Highness would give me that dismayed look.

This nutty spirit prevails against the cookie monster in me. And so a hankering for traditional Chinese peanut cookies (花生餅).

Traditional Chinese Peanut Cookies 花生酥(餅)

With Chinese New Year drawing near, for most Malaysians and Singaporeans, it’s hard not to miss festive cookies. (You shall get haunted by them — for at least the first 15 days of the Chinese calendar. Here, we often wind up with leftovers surplus of cookies well after the festivities.)

Among others, the peanut cookies, a favorite of mine, are extremely popular. Less fuss and much easier to make when compared to other festive treats such as the pineapple tart and Indonesian layered cake (kek lapis legit, or spekkoek). The whole idea is pretty much the same as the one for the green-pea cookies I made last year.

Peanut butter, raw peanuts, flour, salt, oil, egg and sugar — powdered, caster or granulated, it’s to your call.

Peanut butter?

Indeed. I wouldn’t consider that cheating. A bit unorthodox, though, I must say. Peanut butter intensifies and at the same time, mellows the nuttiness of the cookies. Making the cookies not as dry, too. And it has served its purpose well.

I believe the slightly salted egg wash also adds a magical touch to the cookies. Somehow, that wee bit of salt on the cookies just stimulates saliva flow. It actually facilitates the sweet, nutty invasion to come, which is sooner than you think! After all, peanuts, sugar and salt form a perfect trinity. (Now that I know why I’ve been a honey-roasted-peanut addict!)

Chinese-New-Year Cookie Orders: Chinese Peanut Cookies and Coconut Butter Cookies
A one-day-old peanut-cookie factory: All these weigh close to six kilograms, and I took a-day leave and slogged the whole day for them. Oh! By the way, there's also a canister of coconut butter cookies. Am I exhausted by now? You bet!

From what was meant for personal consumption, this recipe helped me garner close to six kilograms worth of unanticipated cookie orders, in a day. So good that even the pickiest eater in my house can’t stop noshing on the peanut cookies.

“Yours are much, much better than those I’ve tasted before,” my brother said as he helped himself to the cookies. “They’re giving me that false perception as if I’m sipping on Chinese peanut paste dessert (花生糊)!”

Chinese-New-Year Cookie Orders: Chinese Peanut Cookies Galore
Unforeseen episode: These pans of cookies are just part of the orders ...

Thanks to Amy of Cooking Crave for her generosity in sharing this stellar recipe! I’ve found the recipe for traditional Chinese peanut cookies. And I’m going to be infinitely loyal to it.

With seven ingredients. In five straightforward steps — or six, if patiently letting the cookies cool is considered one. The last thing to do is pop these freshly baked morsels into my mouth for all the hard work.

Hush! Listen closely as the cookie dissolves into bits of nutty bliss in my mouth …

Mmm … Now that the craving for nuttiness is sated. Oh, the Year of the Rabbit! I’m so ready for you!

Si Arnab
Si Arnab

Together with my rabbit Fifi, I, a Rabbit baby myself, would like to wish you — my reader, my family and friends, blogger-friends and anyone else who celebrates Chinese New Year ...

恭喜發財!揚眉「兔」氣! (Or “gong hey fatt choy!” in Cantonese, which means congratulations and be prosperous! May the Year of the Rabbit do you proud — very, very proud!)

Traditional Chinese Peanut Cookies 花生酥(餅)

Traditional Chinese Peanut Cookies (花生餅)
Adapted from Amy’s

* This recipe yields a rather big batch. *

600 g raw peanuts — preferably skinned
* I buy skinned large ground nuts, or kacang tanah besar in Bahasa Malaysia. *

325 g sugar — separated
* Sifted powdered sugar for a superfine, melt-in-your-mouth texture. Caster or granulated sugar for that little crunch in the melt-in-your-mouth cookies. Either way, they're good. *

375 g all-purpose flour — sifted once
½ ~ 1 tsp salt
* I like mine saltier with 1 tsp salt. *

3 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
* Amy uses 2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter and 1 Tbsp softened unsalted or salted butter. Albeit optional, I don’t think they should ever be skipped! *

Enough neutrally flavored oil
* E.g. corn, sunflower-seed or rice-bran oil. Note: You’re going to need quite a fair amount of it. *

Enough peanut halves — skinned

1 egg — at room temperature
Pinch of salt

  1. Instead of roasting them in a wok with all the constant stirring and “shoveling” for a good chunk of the hour, I toast the peanuts in baking sheet(s), in an oven of 180°C for 15 minutes. By then, they should smell nuttier and look somewhat toasted. Remove the nuts from the oven and set aside to cool in the sheet(s) completely before use.
  2. In a food processor or coffee grinder, pulverize the toasted peanuts with about 60 g sugar until you get a finely ground texture, though, slightly larger bits here and there are inevitable. The cookies will turn out fine anyway.
  3. Combine the ground peanuts with the remaining sugar and (A), then mix in the peanut butter until it is well dispersed in the mixture.
  4. Mix in enough oil to the peanut-and-flour mixture, working it ever so slightly until you’ve gotten a dough that doesn’t fall apart and doesn’t stick to your hands badly. No fixed and fast rules here. Dough too wet and sticky? Mix in additional flour! Dough too dry and crumbly? Mix in more oil!
  5. Divide the dough into walnut-sized portions — or slightly smaller, if that’s what you prefer. Roll each into a ball and place on parchment-lined baking sheet(s). Gently press a peanut half slightly in the center of each of them.
  6. Lightly beat together (B) and apply this slightly salted egg wash on the shaped dough.
  7. Bake at 180°C, for 20 ~ 25 minutes, until the cookies look golden brown and slightly crackled. Don’t fret! The cookies will “shrink” up a wee bit as they cool.
  8. Remove from the oven and let the cookies sit on the baking sheet(s) for 5 minutes or so to set their underside. Then, carefully transfer the cookies to the cooling racks and let cool completely before storing airtight. These peanut cookies in fact taste better as they age.

Traditional Chinese Peanut Cookies 花生酥(餅)


j3ss kitch3n said...

you had really slogged yourself pei-lin but they really look divine! happy new year!

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Wow, I have to bookmark this... A recipe that warrants infinite loyalty!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

My friend, you made good productivity in that 24hrs! Hats off! Oooo....I looovvveee peanut cookies too! I made a big batch too this year and you know what, I was at that point considering whether to sneak some peanut butter into the cookies dough as well! But somehow I let it slip...why!!!! Lol! Nevermind, will try next yr. :)
Your rabbit is so cute! Wish I can cuddle it, lol! You have a good and relaxing lunar new year my friend!

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

Do we get to sample this?

One day of work, not bad, the money also not bad, LOL.

Bakertan said...

hey pei-lin,

wow! thats a lot of peanut cookies you have there. I certainly cant churn out all these. My bones will break.

gonna bookmark this recipe since I am looking for a nice peanut cookie recipe. Yours certainly came at the right time. They are totally mouth-watering.

may you have a wonderful CNY! Huat ar =]

edith said...

Pei Lin yr leave is well spent. Looking at that two big trays of cookies, I know you really worked hard for them.
Might give this a shot since it is so highly recommended.

ADL said...

This is a great blog! Just started one with my daughter chronicling our attempts to learn how to bake bread and we were looking for some inspiration and ran across you. She's 8 years old and we would like to get hits from around the world. Please visit us at:

Su-yin said...

I've got to try making my peanut cookies with peanut butter to see what it tastes like! I realised that your recipe has a lot less flour compared to the one I used... how interesting. But as I said, will try to make these to compare the two recipes :)

p.s. you did well baking that amount of peanut cookies!

ReeseKitchen said...

Hey Pei-Lin, remember to bring some to my house ya....lol!

qinyi said...

wow! yums!! didn't know you were taking orders or else I would have helped you spread the word! ;)

this recipe is definitely a keeper since it's so straight forward and looks absolutely delish! i have all the ingredients available in my pantry but no time :(

anws, happy chinese new year in advance! kung hei fatt choy!!

qinyi said...

oh, a quick random question. can these cookies be frozen just prior to baking, like Sablés Korova? it would be great if i can enjoy some quick peanut goodness as and when i like without having to make it up from scratch!

CaThY said...

Mouth watering peanut cookies. Happy new year to you & yr family. Btw, yr rabbit is cute ;)

Small Small Baker said...

That's a lot of hard work! I will be aching all over if I had to do so much in 1 day. You tempted me with this recipe. I have to try it. Maybe after CNY. :)

Anna said...

These sound yummy. We have been on a peanut kick around here this past week it seems. First Margaret made a batch of traditional peanut butter cookies that were sooo goooood, then she tried a new recipe a few days later for a peanut butter cake with chocolate frosting that was ok. I made monster cookies, myself, yesterday. They were so yummy as well. Well, that is my peanut butter story. Oh, we also did a science experiment this week and used peanuts for the fuel to heat our water. Anyway, it has been a peanutty week :) Happy New Year!

faithy, the baker said...

those peanut cookies looks yummy!

I adore your rabbit! sooo adorable and cute! i had a rabbit before but gave it away cos nobody to take care of it. :(

Kitchen Corner said...

Hi Pei Lin,
That's very nice looking peanut cookies! Wishing have a joyful Lunar New Year!

pigpigscorner said...

Wow, that's a lot of cookies! Well done! Didn't bake any cookies this year, just a kek lapis :P

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

Thank you so much, y'all, for popping by! Happy Chinese New Year! Have a gorgeous week ahead!

@Jess: *LOL* Thanks! Happy Chinese New Year to you, too!

@Shirley: Yes, it has done so on me! Lemme know how it turns out for you whenever you've gotten to try it! ;)

@Bee Bee: Haha! Awww ... You should have sneaked some peanut butter into your peanut cookies, besides the ghee! I think yours could have crowned the King of All Peanut Cookies if you have done so. *LOL* Alright, I'll let Mr. Fifi know! You have a fun-filled Chinese New Year, too! Gong hey fatt choy!

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

Thank you so much, y'all, for popping by! Happy Chinese New Year! Have a gorgeous week ahead!

@Wendy: Hmmm ... Already a few asking about this jor ... Just worrying if there are enough to last thru the season till the potluck! *LOL* Will try my best to safeguard the cookies. *LOL* $$ ar? I hope so lor ... Seriously, lots of hard work ar!

@Zhuoyuan: *LOL* Bones won't break that easily lar ... K, lemme know how it turns out for you. Happy CNY to you, too! Let's prosper in the Year of the Rabbit! =P

@Edith: I hope so. *LOL* Let me know how it turns out for you! Gong hey fatt choy to you and family!

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

Thank you so much, y'all, for popping by! Happy Chinese New Year! Have a gorgeous week ahead!

@ADL: Hello! Thank you for popping by! That's great to hear both you and your girl are into bread making! It's one of the best things to do in life! I'll visit you guys on your site once I've got a minute here. Thank you for the encouraging words!

@Su-yin: Sure! Do lemme know how these turn out for you! Taste is subjective, ya know. Thank you for the encouraging words! Hope to see you someday! Take care! Happy Chinese New Year!

@Reese: HAHA! K, K. I'll safeguard the remaining canisters of the cookies till we meet up then. *LOL*

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

@Qin Yi: HAHAHA! I never intend to take orders all the time! It's exhausting, ya know! All these orders came rather unexpectedly, seriously! Well, who says you've gotta enjoy peanut cookies only during CNY! Just make them whenever you can, OK? Baking and cooking are meant to be therapeutic for us, not mundane or distressing. I haven't tried freezing the cookie dough, but I suppose you can? Since oil hardens up in the freezer and fridge, so is peanut butter, thaw the frozen dough overnight in the fridge. Next day prior to baking, remove it from fridge and let it sit in room temperature to warm and soften up. That is, just return it to its original state prior to freezing. If thawed and softened dough ends up to be stickier, mix in more flour. Haven't tried that myself. Just tembak-tembak only ... Tell me if this suggestion sounds logical to you. Take care, buddy! Missing you amid the busy life! Gong hey fatt choy to you! Stay warm in the U.K.!

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

@Anna: That was interesting! Oh! I do need some nutty fix every Chinese New Year. *LOL* Besides these Chinese peanut cookies, I do love American peanut butter cookies! They were one of those bakes that first got me into baking back in the summer of 2007! Hmmm ... Gotta fix some choc cake with peanut-butter frosting someday. I don't like that kinda powdered-sugar-laden buttercream. I'm more for French/Swiss/Italian buttercream, this isn't gritty and too sweet. Silky smooth. I haven't had monster cookies for the longest time I guess! Hey! That science experiment sounds intriguing. Are you gonna share anything about in on your blog? I'll pop by whenever I have a moment here. Been SO busy! Tired! Anna, thank you so much for being so supportive since the first day I knew you! Happy Rabbit Year to you and the other Edwards, too! Take care! Missing y'all in Minnesota lots!

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

Thank you so much, y'all, for popping by! Happy Chinese New Year! Have a gorgeous week ahead!

@Cathy: Thank you! =)

@SSB: Thank you! You're just as good, trust me. K. Lemme know how you find the recipe after CNY. In the meantime, let's soak ourselves in the festivities. *LOL*

@Faithy: *LOL* Rabbits, relatively easier to take care. BUT, they can never answer my questions. They are always quiet and just keep eating and jumping around. *LOL* Thank you! Have a great Chinese New Year to you and family, too!

@Grace: Thanks! Happy CNY to you, too!

@Anne: Haha! Don't worry! I don't have kek lapis here, though. Mind sharing some with me? =P Gong hey fatt choy!

qinyi said...

couldn't resist the temptation and i just whipped up some peanut cookies with half your recipe whilst spring cleaning my room at the same time. hehe... the aroma is still lingering in the air! going to share some with my friends tomorrow and on new year's eve. will tell you what they think of it!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Pei Lin, too bad, I can't bake this peanut cookies this year, time is running short, i just almost settled with my new house, thinking to bake some simple cookies in these last 2 days. Your rabbit is cute and white. I wish you and your family a Happy CNY and Gong Xi Fa Cai.

Mrs Ergül said...

Hi Pei-Lin! It has been so long since I was last seen browsing around food blogs! It is great that you found THE recipe! I tried a couple before I settled on mine too :)

Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family!

babe_kl said...

Wishing you and your family a wonderful and prosperous new year. Kung Hei Fatt Choy!

noobcook said...

woah Fifi is very adorable! oh my you baked so many goodies in 1 day... bravo! happy CNY to you :)

mycookinghut said...

This is one of my favourite CNY cookies! btw, your rabbit is soooo cute!

a frog in the cottage said...

ohh yes !! i'm craving for those peanut chinese coolies, they're gorgious

lena said...

i will never miss out peanut cookies for the new year. I think this combination of grind peanuts and the peanut butter really makes this very 'peanutty' haha!is there such a word? anyway, wishing you a very happy chinese new year and may the rabbit brings lots of joy and happiness to your life, your career..just everything you do!!

ICook4Fun said...

Our old dog name was Fifi too. Love you little friend there. So cute and cuddly. I too just baked some peanut cookies. Have to bake this last if not it will be all gone before CNY. Hope you have a good rest during this CNY holiday. Wishing you and your family Gong Xi Fa Cai!!!

Maya said...

Pei Lin - I adore these cookies and have been hunting for the recipe. Happy CNY to you!

Passionate About Baking said...

Yum! Your peanut cookies looked really good! And all those cookies Pei-Lin!
Wishing you and your family a happy and prosperous lunar new year!

Jess @ Bakericious said...

Pei Lin, I can non stop eating cashew nuts too until I put it a stop of purchasing :P. I bookmarked Amy's recipe too, going to try it someday. Wish you and your family a Happy Lunar New Year, Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

@Qin Yi: Man, you're a good multitasker! Alright! I shall await your answer in the meantime! Gong hey fatt choy! Albeit busy, do enjoy yourself this CNY! Promise me, K?

@Sonia: Don't worry. We know you've been uber busy with all the moving and stuff. I'd been thru that, and can perfectly understand how it feels like, I guess. Well, seriously, if you've got really no time for baking, don't force yourself to do so. I'm sure once your new house is settled down, you'll return to baking and cooking again. Ya know, when I was shifting to this new place, I actually didn't get to bake and cook for a good 2 months. I survived on mostly oatmeal and soy milk. LOL! Thanks for the compliment! I'm sure Fifi will be glad to hear that. Gong xi fa cai to you and your family!

@Pei Lin: Nice to see you back! Hope you've gotten to read the messages I left you on your blog. Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family, too!

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

@babe_kl: Gong hey fatt choy to you and your family, too! Happy Rabbit Year to you!

@Wiffy: Thanks for the encouraging words! Happy CNY to you and family, too!

@Leemei: Thank you! Gong hey fatt choy!

@a frog in the cottage: Wish you could have had some ... Thank you! Happy Chinese New Year to you!

@lena: LOL! They are nutty indeed! Suit me perfectly! Thank you so much for being so supportive all along! Can't wait to see you in person, which would be VERY, VERY soon! May the Year of the Rabbit bring you and your family luck, wealth and good health! Gong hey fatt choy!

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

@Gert: LOL! Your canine is named Fifi? LOL! I know, you said peanut cookies are Carlos's and your sis's fave! Thank you! Enjoy the festivities in PA, yea? Gong hey fatt choy to you and your family!

@Maya: Hope you get around to try this recipe out for the peanut cookies. Hope you like them, too, in the end. Happy Chinese New Year to you, too! Thank you so much for visiting and for the encouraging words!

@Jane L.: Thank you much! Happy Chinese New Year to you!

@Jess L.: Haha! Why ar we both are so alike? LOL! As a matter of fact, I just munched on handfuls of almonds, cashew nuts and honey-roasted soybeans!!! I'm slowly turning into a nut junkie, it seems. Boohoo ... Gotta watch out for gout problem later on ... Oops! K, blog about your attempt of Amy's recipe. We don't need to enjoy peanut cookies only during CNY. Gong xi fa cai to you and your family, too!

Elin said...

Pei Lin...these peanut cookies are to die for...nutty bliss indeed ! Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and family too :) Love that rabbit of yours...Fifi nice name :)

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

Thanks so much, Elin! Same goes to you and your family! Hope we get to see each other again, somevday!

Have fun and gong hey fatt choy!

hanushi said...

Your cookies look v delicious and tempting. :) Happy CNY to you and family, Pei-Lin. :)

Victor said...

The peanut cookies look so perfect.

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

DG said...

These peanut cookies look so pretty and delicious. By looking at big trays of cookies really make me want to take a bite on it :)
Pei Lin, wishing you and your family Gong Xi Fa Cai!! May the year of Rabbit brings you health, wealth, peace and happiness.

Theresa said...

Gorgeous pictures and really cute, delicious looking cookies! I tried the recipe, but my first batch got burned. =(
The second batch was okay (no where near as perfect as yours ^_~)but are they supposed to be very very crumbly? Does this crumbly-ness mean that I needed to add more flour?

Happy Chinese New Year!! Gong Hei Fat Choi!

quizzine said...

I would love to work in your factory and u pay me these cookies in kind :))
Happy lunar new year to u and your family!

catty said...

Your peanut cookies look amazing!! As does your little rabbit hehe so cute :) I noticed your comment on another blog because my chinese name is also Pei Lin!! :) Gong xi fa chai!

qinyi said...

hey pei-lin!!

the peanut cookies were a success! eventhough they were a bit on the brown side (my oven was too powerful!) and too smooth ( i think i added too much oil...), it received rave reviews! Everyone loved it! :)

my cny eve was spent having a steamboat party with friends. picture this: there were a group of 9 of us and only me and another 2 other friends were ethnically chinese! there was a malay, burmese, sri-lankan, iranian, zimbabwean, goan... i'm so touched that they actually agreed to have a steamboat meal with us! it was the first time they were exposed to the chinese eating styles and i'm sure they found it fascinating! dinner discussions centred around the politics of the differnet countries (inspired by the recent events in egypt)we also had a good chuckle reading our horoscopes for the year. hehe!

hope you are enjoying your cny in malacca! :)

PlumLeaf 李葉 said...

WOW! You were very productive with your time! A lot of cookies and in one day?!?!? You are cookie sei-fu!

I love the aroma of peanut cookies and I made these too - haven't blogged them yet! Which I could get skinned peanuts though - the worse bit is skinning them!

Happy Bunny Year to you! (I had my year last year!)

Quay Po Cooks said...

Yummilicious peanut cookies. Your rabbit is so adorable. Happy Chinese New Year. Wishing you lots of happiness and success in whatever you do.

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

@hanushi: Thank you so much for the well wishes and encouraging words! Happy Chinese New Year to you, too!

@Victor: Thank you! Gong hey fatt choy to you, too!

@DG: Thank you so much! May the Year of the Rabbit bring you good health and wealth in abundance, too!

@quizzine: Thank you! Happy Chinese New Year to you, too!

@catty: Hello! Have heard so much about you from Su-yin on her blog! You're the second Pei Lin I've now come to know in the blogging world! In total, there are three Pei Lin's -- including me! Hehehe ... Happy Chinese New Year to you, too!

@PlumLeaf: LOL! I was just trying to deliver my promise to my customers ... LOL! Oh! Hard to get skinned peanuts in the U.K.? Oh, so you're a Tiger baby yourself! Even though we'd bid farewell to the Year of the Tiger, I hope you, too, will have a smooth-sailing journey ahead in the Year of the Rabbit! Happy Bunny Year to you, too! Thank you so much!

@Quay Po Cooks: Thank you so much! Happy Chinese New Year to you! Wishing you good health, wealth and happiness in abundance in this Bunny Year!

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

Dear Theresa,

Hello! They're supposed to be crumbly, superfine in texture, and sandy, BUT not extremely crumbly, that it's almost impossible to even hold the cookie with your fingers. I think you need to, in this case, add more flour. In other words, you used more oil than necessary.

Thank you so much for the feedback, encouraging words, and well wishes! Thank you for visiting here! Gong hey fatt choy to you, too!

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

Dear Qin Yi:

Haha! Finally, here came your feedback! So, so elated to have learned about how well received the cookies were!

About over-browning of your cookies, it could also be due to generous application of the egg wash, not just the oven. But then, every oven behaves differently and tends to have hot spots. On another note, if the dough gets too wet and soft, mixing in more flour should help.

Oh! It was so good to have such meaningful events in which cultural exchange takes place, just like yours! VERY international indeed! I miss, truly miss such gatherings as I used to have the chance to partake in cultural exchange, via e.g. food and hours of chitchatting, back in the U.S. The moments with my dearest American family and best friend make great examples! Btw, my family's reunion dinner turned out to be a meaningful one, too. =)

Hmmm ... About horoscopes, I don't believe in such thing anymore lar ... LOL! Atheism still rules in my world. Well, the world ain't about absolutism but more of cultural relativism. So, I do respect others' thoughts and philosophy. =)

Yup, just got back from Melaka! Just a day trip lar ... Been a tiring day for my family.

You take care in the meantime, K? Gong hey fatt choy to you! I wanna see you when you get back to Malaysia! I miss you so badly!!!!!!

qinyi said...

ahhh.. that's probably why. i used one large egg for half your recipe. i think i went overboard with the brushing. the cookies were definitely very very well coated!

glad that you had a lovely cny! enjoy the rest of your festive holiday break before heading back to the rat race, k. you deserve it! :)

p.s. miss ya too! the first thing when i get back, we shall have a bake off!!

Sylvia said...

Hi Pei Lin,
I am Sylvia, a Malaysian living in Germany. By chance I found your blog. I really enjoy reading your post and today is my first time trying our your recipe.
Ohh...there are so good!! Thanks again for posting it. It helps me to feel a bit more homely for not able to be home celebrating with my family & friends.
Wishing you a good and successful year ahead.

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

@Qin Yi: LOL! Remember of not going too generously with your egg wash! LOL! Promised! Gimme a buzz or drop me an email when you're coming back! I'm gonna send you an email to tell you more about what's going on with me later. I'm dog-tired now. LOL!

@Sylvia: Hello! Thank you so much for the encouraging words, feedback, and for dropping by my humble little journal! Glad that this recipe worked for you and that the cookies were able to drive away the homesickness in you this Chinese New Year! Good things are meant to be shared. May the Year of the Rabbit bring you good health, and wealth and happiness in abundance! =)

Food For Tots said...

My mom used to make them during CNY but I was not a big fan of them at that time. But now eating them brings back many fond childhood memories. Definitely will give it a try next CNY. Nice chatting with you and hope we have a chance to meet up. Wishing you and your family 兔年快乐,身体健康!

Pete said...

Happy Chinese New Year!

Hey, that is a cute rabbit! Used to have two running around in my backyards.....LOL!

petite nyonya said...

That's an abundant of peanut cookies. Wish I could gobble up some. Here's wishing you & yr fmly gong xi fa cai & happy year of the rabbit to you and your oh-so-cute pet bunny!

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

Sorry for the late reply!

@Lai Kwan: It was lovely chatting with you, too! Yup, either way, in KL or SG, we'll let each other know. It's all about timing, I guess. Happy Rabbit Year to you! May you and your family be blessed with good health, wealth, and success this new year!

@Pete: Happy Chinese New Year! I know, pets decease, too. *Sigh*

@Joslynn: Thank you! Happy Chinese New Year to you, too! I emailed you! Hope you've received and read it. Do lemme know, yea?

TINTIN said...

Hi Pei Lin,

I'm sorry,.. only now I come to visit you and have a look at the peanut cookies u made .. I bet they are all gone by now ..haha!! I hope it's still not too late for me to wish your a Happy Year Ahead !! Glad that u like the peanut cookies recipe I shared :)

Pei-Lin said...

Hey, Amy! Nope, it's never too late for anything. Thanks to you for sharing this awesome recipe! I'll be infinitely loyal to it! It's a keeper, for sure.

JoJo said...

Hi Pei thx for this lovely receipe...it's gorgeous... can i borrow this receipe to post in my blog? Really want to share with my friends. Many many thanks!!

Pei-Lin said...

Hello, JoJo! Nice to hear from you! Thank you so much for the feedback! Reading your words, both here and on your blog, has made my day.

Yup, it's okay to share the recipe with your friends on yours, so long as the credits due are given, which is obvious that you've done so. Bravo!

By the way, you do sound really excited about the cookies, huh? Haha! Glad that they've taken you home for a little ...

Have a lovely day ahead! Good night!

With warmest regards,

jehanne@thecookingdoctor said...

came across your lovely blog after hunting for chinese peanut cookies, and I can tell you, they were so gorgeous, thank you!


I made them, and enjoyed them, so I'm now your happy follower:-)

Pei-Lin said...

Hi, Jehanne.

Thank you so much for the encouraging words! You've just made my day!

I am sure you are just as good. =)

Rathai said...

Beautiful cookies and what a cute rabbit you have! :) Very lovely presention as well. It's my first time here. You have a lovely space.

nigeleats said...

Hi Pei Lin,

reading through this post really inspires me to try the them out for myself. May I just ask what's a rough estimate of the amount of oil I would need if I follow the recipe given above? And would you have any photos of the final batter so that I would know when I'm done? Thank you!

God bless,

Pei-Lin said...

Hi, Nigel!

First up, sorry about the late reply. And thanks for the encouraging words. =)

I now don't have a photo of the dough (no, it won't be batterlike, so no worries). But I can try share one with you in about a week's time, when I make these peanut cookies again for the Lunar New Year. Do you mind waiting?

But what I can tell you is the dough won't be sticky and wet, but greasy (obviously due to the oil used). You can stop stirring in oil once every bit has come together nicely--no falling apart, you can pinch the dough together easily and form into small spherical portions. If the dough gets too much oil, and hence a stickier dough, the cookies will probably turn out much flatter after baking.

The above notion applies to many Lunar New Year cookies like almond cookies and green-pea cookies. =)

Hope these help! Lemme know if you have other doubts and concerns.

-- Pei-Lin

nigeleats said...

Hi Pei Lin,

Thank you for the wonderful reply. I think I have a rough idea of what the final dough should be like already. Haha I'm too excited to wait any longer, might make a batch this coming tuesday first. (: I'll let you know if I fail or succeed! -fingers crossed- Thanks again!

God bless,

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