Chinese Peanut Cookies

    50 minutes

    The dough for these addictive, delicate Chinese cookies (hua sheng bing in Mandarin) is chock-full of unsalted, roasted peanuts. They're a popular treat year-round, but also great for Chinese New Year.

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    Makes: 54 cookies

    • 300g roasted unsalted peanuts
    • 150g icing sugar
    • 265g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 160ml peanut oil
    • 45g unsalted butter, melted
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • 54 peanuts

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Position a rack in centre of oven and preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
    2. Pulse 300g peanuts in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. Add icing sugar; process just until mixture looks like fine crumbs and powder, stopping to scrape the bottom if needed. Do not overprocess.
    3. Stir together flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl. Stir in peanut mixture until well combined. Drizzle in oil and melted butter. Mix with hands and knead until a coarse dough forms, about 5 minutes. It will soften as you knead. If dough becomes oily or feels too soft, chill 15 minutes. If dough feels dry, add oil, a tablespoon at a time, until workable.
    4. Roll dough into 2.5cm balls; arrange 3cm apart on prepared baking trays. Lightly beat egg with water in a small bowl. Working with 1 sheet at a time and covering remaining sheet until ready to bake, lightly brush cookie tops with egg mixture. Press a whole peanut gently into the top of each ball.
    5. Bake until light golden, 20 to 22 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

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    I couldn't believe we could reproduce the childhood treat by this recipe. The texture was powdery and rich, exactly like what I had when I was little. The smell was good too.  -  06 Feb 2018  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    These were delicious, very delicate cookies that reminded me of peanut shortbread. Easy to make, as well, and I liked the fact that they weren't too sweet. A yummy choice for Chinese New Year, or any time of year!  -  06 Feb 2018  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    So easy to make in a food processor! The longest part was putting the nuts on top but it does make them look nicer. Will def make again.  -  06 Feb 2018  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)