Chinese New Year peanut cookies

    50 min

    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 groundnut oil
    • 45g unsalted butter, melted
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • 54 peanuts

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

    1. Position a rack in centre of oven and preheat oven to 160 C / Gas 3. Line 2 baking trays with parchment.
    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.

    Cook's note

    Rapeseed oil can be substituted for the groundnut oil, if desired.


    Chinese New Year peanut cookies
    Chinese New Year peanut cookies

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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


    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


    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