Chinese New Year Peanut Cookies

This is another chinese new year away from home! I tried to create a little lunar new year atmosphere here by making a traditional CNY cookie – peanut cookies. This is one of the typical chinese new year goodies along with others eg: pineapple tart, kuih kapit, tapioca cookies and many more.


  • 400g ground roasted peanuts
  • 125g icing sugar
  • 1 cup peanut oil
  • 250 cups all-purpose flour
  • 28g butter (original recipe calls for shortening)
  • 1 egg, beaten slightly for egg wash
  • extra peanuts for topping


  1. Roast / Fry the peanuts (I would suggest roasting in the oven for a healthier alternative). Grind roasted peanuts to the texture desired.
  2. Mix the ground peanut, sugar, oil, butter and flour together until well combined.
  3. Shaped into small balls. Press a piece of peanut into the cookie to flatten it slightly.
  4. Brush the top with the egg wash and bake at 180 degrees C for 20 minutes or until brown.
  5. Remove from the oven and let cool.

The recipe is taken from Rasa Malaysia, with a small modification. Instead of creating a circle pattern as suggested by Rasa Malaysia, I replaced it with a piece of peanut. There are many different variations out there…but so far this is my fav recipe.

Some like to have peanut chunks in the cookies….some like the smooth and melt-in-your-mouth feel (much like the choice of smooth peanut butter or chunky peanut butter), you can simply customize that by varying how you grind the peanuts.. If you are like me…..who likes smooth and chunky-less texture, you can grind the peanuts to be as fine as flour. I use a sieve to remove the chunks and bits.

They are quite easy to make …the most tedious part is grinding the peanuts. After you got pass that hurdle, the rest are just easy.

I got little house elf to help me document the process. Here are the before and after photos. As you can see, apart from the browning of the cookies, the finished product didn’t change its shape much. Unlike butter cookies, these cookies uses vegetable oil instead of butter and in lesser amount….hence it doesn’t spread like butter cookies do.

2 comment(s) to this post

I can’t wait to go to the Chinese New Year festivities this weekend to photograph and enjoy. Thank you for showing us some favorites for the celebration. They look delicious.

#1Snippets of Thyme  ::  1 February 2012, 21:14  ::  #

My moms favorite cookies. When I was a kid she used to bake this for our snack and this is great for breakfast too.

#2Tracy @ Daily Deal Blog  ::  2 February 2012, 18:02  ::  #

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