I love everything that has 'nuts' in it and all kinds of nuts .....to name a few, Almond, Hazelnut, Pistachios, Macadamias, Walnut and of course....Peanuts! Last year, I did not manage to make Peanut Cookies for the Chinese New Year, as this cookies is delicious to eat, but when it comes to the preparation work.....it's a lot!! You have to at least allow yourself a day to start with 'oil-less frying' of peanuts in the wok till it cook, with very low –medium heat, and that already have you tested on your patience, hehe.
Then comes the part where you have to remove the skin of the peanuts, using the palms of your hands, and then flip it up and down on a tray with the fan blowing on low speed to blow off the skin, well, if you have a better and easier way, please do suggest. I did not do mine this time because my hubby is such a good helper this year (maybe age is catching up on him, and he finally decides that he 'should' at least participate in the Chinese New Year baking and frying and cleaning of the house), which actually surprises me a lot.....a tonnes in fact!!! LOL.....the past few years, he would just watch me do, and then walk off before I can start to open my mouth and order him to do something. Anyway, hubby helped me to blew of the skin of the peanuts and I only did the grinding ....using a grinder or miller that is ;) Thanks dear....muaks!!
After the grinding of the peanuts to 'an almost fine peanut powder' ( I grinded mine to really fine texture because I prefer the cookies to be peanut - chunkless), then you are ready to make and bake your Peanut Cookies.
To start off, get all the following ingredients ready as per follows or you can always check this original source at here :-
500gm plain flour
500gm roasted peanuts (skinless and finely milled)
500gm castor sugar (this amount is already adjusted, but if you prefer to cut down, please do so)
200ml + 2Tbsp peanut cooking oil (to better enhance the fragrance of the cookies)
1 egg for glazing
Some peanut halves for deco, if you want, (I grinded all, so none left for deco L) haha....
Methods in 4 easy steps......
- Mix plain flour, castor sugar and milled peanuts well until all blended in, then add in the peanut cooking oil and knead with your hands until the oil and the mixture are well incorporated and form a dough. Leave it for about 20 minutes.
- Take a small amount of the dough and roll into a small ball and place it on the a lined baking tray with baking paper. If you are using the peanut halves for deco, then you can place a small piece on top and lightly press on it. Do the same to all the rest of the dough.
- Use a pastry brush and glaze the top of the cookies with the 'lightly beaten' egg .
- Bake at pre-heated oven at 170 degree Celsius for about 15 - 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Let it cool completely on the baking tray before storing into airtight containers.
Happy 'Peanut Cookies' baking!!