Monday 20 January 2014

Peanut Cookies

These traditional Peanut Cookies are a must have for Chinese New Year. Just like these Almond Cookies which I made last Chinese New Year, these top my list of favourite cookies for the festive period. 

The best part is that its incredibly easy to make and doesn't require any equipment at all. All the mixing is done in a bowl and then shaped by hand. 

These are so addictive because they literally dissolve in the mouth and the batch I made didn't make it to Chinese New Year. They were gone in two days!

Peanut Cookies (About 40 cookies)
Recipe adapted from here


  • 360 g peanuts, fried/roasted and ground until fine
  • 200 g castor sugar
  • 250 g all purpose flour
  • 160 ml of canola oil (use sparingly and use only enough to bind the mixture, start with about half and pour the rest in little by little till the mixture comes together into a ball without falling apart)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Handful of peanuts, fried/roasted, halved then cut into quarter when still hot.
  • Egg white for the glazing finishing touch
  • Preheat the oven at 200°C and lay out 2 baking sheets with greased baking paper or silicone mat.
  • Grind the roasted peanuts till fine and put them in a large mixing bowl. The oil from the ground peanut will make them stick into lumps, use fingers to break them apart.
  • Sift the flour, salt and sugar into the peanut mixture and mix them together until well combined.
  • Drizzle half of the oil into the bowl, use hand and knead the mixture together.
  • Pour the rest of the oil little by little while still kneading the mixture until all the sugar melted and you can roll the mixture up into a ball without sticking to the bowl or your fingers. Then test it with a small lump of the mixture and roll into a ball between your palms. If it doesn't crumble, then your mixture is ready. If not, add just bit more oil until you can roll them into a ball. You may not need to use all the quantity of oil specified. 
  • Scoop a tablespoon of the mixture into your palm, and roll them into small balls. Place them on the baking sheets.
  • Put a little quartered peanut on top of each ball, then glaze it with the egg white. Put in the oven for 17 mins or until golden brown.
I am linking this post to the Bake Along event created by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours, Lena of Frozen Wings and Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids.


  1. Yes, this is a must have cookie for my family too.

  2. WOW... I love these peanut cookies. Another addictive snack! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Haha, all the cookies we made for CNY are long gone too! :P Need to make somemore pineapple rolls next week.

  4. I would probably end up finishing off the whole batch before I could stop!

  5. An addictive cookie! Really an evergreen for CNY! A must-have for CNY!

  6. Hi Mich, I love peanut cookies!! When I was young, I always ended up with a sore throat after CNY because I ate too many of these cookies, haha!

  7. these look cute and delicious1!!!

  8. Galletas preciosas son adictivas y tentadoras,saludos y gracias por su comentario,abrazos.

  9. I can see these lovely cookies are those melt-in-the mouth baking goods. I am not a huge fan of peanut so we would not have any of these...hehe. Maybe I can drop by to have some from you, Mich!

    Happy CNY with lots of love!

  10. Peanut cookies are very addictive. Love the peanut aroma in the mouth when chewing. You done yours looking wonderfully so nicely brown.

  11. What dainty looking cookies, Mich. I can see me popping them into my mouth without ever wanting to stop. I guess you will need to make more, lol...Thank you so much for sharing...

  12. Hi Mich,

    CNY peanut cookies are always so homely, heartwarming and delightful to eat. Good that they are not difficult to bake :D


  13. Such cute and delicious tea time cookies... or midnight snack cookies :D


  14. Yum! Those sound delicious!

  15. They look fantastic!
    It's a must try recipe

  16. much new year baking has been done. Am craving for all the new year cookies so much. Yours just as inviting. Hope you're having a lovely day.
    Blessings, Kristy

  17. This is so addcitive & yummy ! I think I can eat all in one stiiting ! LOL

  18. Lovely little bites and they must be delicious with peanuts! I have never made cakes with them which is a shame I think. Next on my list!

  19. Mich , I think I'll drop by later to pick some of those delicious treats :D I haven't baked cookies yet but I've been eyeing your green tea cookie recipe so as the German cookies and ..... Yeah , loads of recipes to try *sigh*

  20. Michelle I can smell the fragrant from here, too bad I am not staying nearby you lol.

  21. I used to help my aunty to make these cookies...yours looks so flaky and delicious!

  22. so far i dont think there has been any cny without peanut cookies! i guess you will hv to make another batch of peanut cookies soon!

  23. I would love to try these peanut cookies, they sound wonderful.

  24. I definitely need to try these peanut cookies. My kids loved almonds, and I've seen peanut cookies lately and have been thinking about it.

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