Walnut cookies is popular during Chinese New Year. I personally have not tried baking it before, but my sister-in-law, who is of Cantonese and Hakka heritage, did mention it occasionally. There are 2 biscuits, or cookies, as the American calls it, that intrigue me. One is this Walnut biscuit and the other biscuit called Wife’s biscuit. I have tried wife’s biscuit many years ago, but I did not like it as it was just crunchy and melt in the mouth but not of much taste. When I was in Hong Kong a few years back, I came across not only Wife’s biscuits, but Husband’s biscuit, Grandma’s biscuit and Grandpa’s biscuits!. I did not manged to try any of them as I was always eating on the trip. I did try to buy the biscuits at the Hong Kong Airport, but it was sold out.
I had a recipe with me which I intended to try, and that was a few years back! I made this for Chinese New Year and plan to share this recipe. I have tweaked and tested the recipe twice, and it is to my liking. However, things do not always move the way one expects. I did not manage to post it for Chinese New Year. So here is the recipe. The biscuits are crunchy yet light and the taste is good.
Yields: 27 pieces
Time: 10 mins to prep, 60 mins to bake
SP per recipe: 53
SP per serving: 2
100g Plain flour
½ tsp Soda bicarbonate
½ tsp Baking powder
80g Unsalted butter
50g Castor sugar
¼ tsp Salt
½ tsp Vanilla essence
50g Walnut -toasted, shelled and coarsely pounded.
Extra walnut pieces for decoration
1 Egg yolk mix with 1 tsp water for egg wash
- Sift the flour, soda bicarbonate and baking powder. Set aside.
- In a mixer stand or by hand, cream the butter, sugar, salt and vanilla essence until light and fluffy.
- Add in the flour and walnut and gently form into a dough. The dough will be a bit crumbly. Gently press the dough so it sticks. (you may add a bit of oil or a bit of water to make it stick.)
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C or gas Mk 4.
- Divide the dough into small pieces. Mine is about 10g.
- Roll into balls and placed in a baking tray lined with baking parchment.
- Place the balls with enough room to spread as it will spread when baked.
- Flatten the ball a bit. If you wish you can use the back of a spoon to make a depression.
- Place a piece of the walnut ( half or quarter) on top.
- Brush with egg wash.
- Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.
- Cool and store in air tight bottles/jars.
Note: I use a Kenwood mixer.
I hope you like the cookies. It is really tasty. Please like and share this post by sending the link instead of cut and paste.
Until the next post, bye.