It was such a lovely sunny day. We really wanted to be outside enjoying the sun but alas Chinese New Year was in a week and a lot more baking needs to be done. I really wanted to have more festive vibes this year. Not being back to Asia for Chinese New Year for more than a decade means those festive celebrations is becoming a distant memories.
After baking a big batch of pineapple tarts the previous day, we opted for something easier and faster. It was Sunday and there was heaps to do. I was slogging in the kitchen making bacon jam and prepping the flour for baking kuih bangkit. Mister found this cookie recipe in the Nonya book and it is his one of his favourite festive goodies. So he jumped in and got his hands dirty. I have admit he is a much better in baking than me. I really suck.
Adapted slightly from Delicious Nonya Kueh & Desserts & made by Mister
- 250g butter
- 180g icing sugar
- 400g plain flour
- 1tsp baking powder
- 180g grounded cashew nuts
- 1tbsp vanilla essence
- 1 egg yolk
- Leave whole cashew nuts for garnishing
- 1 egg mix with a drop of yellow food colouring
- Preheat oven to 160C. Sift plain flour and baking powder together
- Cream butter and icing sugar. Add in 1 egg yolk and vanilla essence
- Add in flour and grounded cashew nuts. Mix well until it forms a soft dough
- Roll dough to 1/4inch thickness and cut into shapes using a cutter
- Brush with egg wash and decorate cookies with whole cashew nuts
- Bake at 150C for 20-25mins or till golden brown
The cookies had a real nutty taste. It crumbled and melted in the mouth. So thanks to Mister for baking and sharing this with us.
We baked round and heart shaped ones. We gave the round ones away to some friends and kept the heart shapes ones for this weekend. It will be shared with our friends that we will celebrating Chinese New Year and Valentine’s day with.
Gong Hei Fatt Choy!
How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day this year?