Chinese New Year Peanut Cookies

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Chinese New Year is fast approaching, and I’ve just finally started making CNY treats. The first on the list is the super-delicious, melt-in-the-mouth peanut cookies. These tiny morsels of decadent peanuty goodness are so dangerously additive, I hope they last till CNY. 10 more days to go! :D

Recipe from Bread et Butter with slight changes

2 cups dry roasted unsalted peanuts
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour (I always use unbleached)
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup vegetable oil
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside until needed. Place peanuts and sugar in the bowl of a food processor; pulse until finely ground. Transfer peanut mixture to a bowl, together with the flour and salt; whisk until combined. Add the oil, and stir the mixture with a rubber spatula to incorporate the oil (knead the dough with your hand at the end just to make sure everything’s mixed properly and you have a cohesive dough). Use a teaspoon to measure out the dough, roll into balls (about ¾” round), and place them on the baking sheet. Then, gently press the middle of the balls with a straw to create a slight indentation design that’s typical to these cookies. Finally, brush the tops lightly with the beaten egg and bake until golden brown (about 13 to 15 minutes). Remove cookies to a rack to cool completely before storing in an air-tight container. One recipe will yield about 90 cookies. Enjoy!

Place peanuts and sugar in the bowl of a food processor
Place peanuts and sugar in the bowl of a food processor
Pulse until finely ground
Pulse until finely ground
Combine peanut mixture with flour, salt, and oil
Combine peanut mixture with flour, salt, and oil
Roll dough into balls and press down the middle gently with a straw
Roll dough into balls and press down the middle gently with a straw

I am submitting this post to Chinese New Year Delights 2013 hosted by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover.

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8 Replies to “Chinese New Year Peanut Cookies”

  1. Those are some really neat pictures.

    1. Thanks, Bonnie! :D It was pretty hard to get any decent photos with our dark, dreary weather.

  2. Sounds wonderful! My taste buds are salivating just reading the recipe. I may make these even though we are still working on Christmas cookies. Our freezer seems to be oveerflowing with cookies but they are a nice treat.
    Thanks for this recipe.
    Mom 2

    1. You’re welcome! At least, these cookies are tiny. :D Oh, and they freeze really well!

  3. Chris,
    I made the peanut cookies yesterday. Wow! They are addictive! We really like them. I think I’ll try freezing some of them- maybe. I might give some to a few friends at Church on Sunday. They might enjoy them and it would reduce the temptation.
    Mom 2

    1. Glad they turned out well for you! :D We froze ours, at least until CNY anyway…we’re making sure we have some to serve friends we’ve invited over for our CNY Eve dinner. :D

  4. You’ve been busy, Chris :-)
    Love these peanut cookies. Must make some myself ;-)

    1. Hahaha…I HAVE been busy…running around like a crazy woman somedays. Hopefully, my schedule will ease up a bit in the coming weeks – one can only hope. :D

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