Peanut cookies are one of my favourite snacks to eat during Chinese New Year. Normally we will buy them from shops in Singapore but now living in the UK, it is impossible unless I buy them from Chinatown. So I decided to make it myself using the recipe book given to me by my aunty.
The first obstacle I found to making this recipe was trying to buy roasted peanuts without added salt. In the end I bought raw peanuts and made everything from scratch. You can usually find packets of raw peanuts in the health food aisle of a supermarket. To make roasted peanuts, I chopped the raw peanuts in a blender and roasted them in the oven at 160°C for 15 minutes. I stirred the peanuts every 5 minutes of baking.
- 180g roasted peanuts
- 30g roasted white sesame seeds
- 180g butter
- 180g icing sugar
- 2 egg yolks (1 for baking, 1 for egg wash)
- 200g plain flour, sifted
- 60g cornflour, sifted
- Halved peanuts for decoration
- Finely chop the peanuts and sesame seeds in a food processor.
- Whisk the butter, icing sugar and egg yolk until they are well mixed.
- Add the flour, cornflour, peanuts and sesame seeds into the mixture and mix well.
- Shape into small balls and add half a peanut on top. Brush it with beaten egg yolk. Bake at 180°C for about 10-15 minutes.
I had shaped the balls slightly bigger so I baked it for 15 minutes. Adjust the bake time according to the size of your cookies. I also find that the ball will flatten and expand while baking. So it is best to space them out.
The cookies get quite oily so it is best to place greaseproof paper on it to soak out all the oil.
This peanut cookie recipe is very delicious and smells gorgeous! It didn’t take long before all my family and friends finished it! This recipe doesn’t require too many ingredients to make. If you have the right ingredients already, it is quick and easy to bake.