Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cashew Nut Cookies 2010

I hope you don't get bored after seeing the title of the post. It's my third consecutive year baking these cashew nut cookies. If you are new to my blog or haven't read my previous post before in 2008 and 2009, let me tell you again why it's my favourite cookies during CNY.


It must be nearly 20 years ago, I used to help my mother bake these cashew nut cookies every Chinese New Year. I remember I used to help her grind the cashew nuts using a mortar and pestle, pure hard work. It was difficult to grind them into powdery form, which was not a bad thing because you can taste bits of nuts when you bite into the cookies. These days I'm too lazy to bring the mortar and pestle out. All I need is a blender that can grind them finely in 2 seconds! We didn't have an electric mixer as well. So my mother would do the mixing using a large bowl and a big wooden spoon. I remembered the first time we made, all the cashew nuts didn't stick to the cookies well and came off. We learn from our mistakes and brush a layer of egg white so that they can stick well.

Since we shifted house 10 years ago, we stopped baking as it was a built-in oven and we couldn't bring it to our new house. We didn't buy a new oven either. So for years, when I miss the cookies, I buy them from outside and none of them taste like the homemade ones. 2 years ago, I decided to bake my favourite cookies again. I'm still using the old crescent-shaped copper cookie cutter that was probably 20 years old. The new-found recipe was so good that I'm still using it this year.

So now you know the reason why it's my favourite cookies and I must bake it very year. Because it brings back all the good memories. :)


Refer to my favourite Cashew Nut Cookies recipe here.

Wishing all of you a Lucky and Prosperous Tiger Year!
祝大家:身体健康,出入平安,心想事成,虎年行好运!

17 comments:

  1. I know the reason why too, they taste so good! I have good fortune to be able to taste your cookies, thanks again!

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  2. Cashew nut cookies also bring back some good old memories of mine. I remember my grandma and aunt used to make this for CNY. I think the moon shape cookie just a perfect match with the chasew nut. Ever since they stopped making this cookie, I had never tasted any store bought one.

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  3. They look so yummy & professional! Love the story behind why they are your fave since childhood. Sounds like a lot of work when making them back then but now you can look back with a smile :)

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  4. Hi HHB, really? I hope you enjoyed the cookies. It's a pity that I did not make you any this year. Maybe we can exchange cookies next cny. :)

    Hi Angel, cashew nut cookies seems to be less popular nowadays cos there are just too many types of cny cookies in the market. Maybe only the older generation like it. I like mine very crunchy and nutty. :)

    Thanks wiffy. Haha. Maybe I was young then, so everything seemed to require a lot of effort. After all the years of training, I can finish making the 130+ cookies in an hour! :)

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  5. This cookie look so pretty !
    Wishing you a Happy CNY and Happy Holiday !

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  6. Hi SSB,
    Please remind me to make this cookies next year. I really have no time to make this already. I like this cookies especially it shaped into the cashew nut pattern. Wishing you have a joyful Lunar New Year!

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  7. Hi, may i know what is the purpose of adding baking powder in this recipe? Can i omit? Is it ok to add a pinch of salt? Thks

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  8. Hi Sonia, wish u have a wonderful time celebrating too!

    Hi Grace, haha ok! I should have posted this out sooner. I agree with you, there's simply no time to make so many types of cookies. I've only tried 3 this year. Wish you Happy Tiger Year too! :)

    Hi Anonymous, I guess it's to make it lighter and more crunchy. You may try omitting it, I think the difference may not be too obvious, though I have not tried it before. If you are using unsalted butter, you can add a pinch of salt. Have fun baking and Happy Lunar Year!

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  9. SSB! Happy Lunar New Year to you and your family!

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  10. Hi SSB,

    Wish and your family A Happy and Prosperous Tiger Year. :)

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  11. Hi Aimei and Happy Flour,

    Happy Lunar New Year to you both too! :)

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  12. Hi SSB!
    Time to do some CNY baking again and I chanced upon your wonderful recipe for cashewnut cookes. Gonna try making 'em this year. I'm just wondering if you toast or fry your cashew nuts (both the grounded and the halved ones) before using them for the cookies?

    Thanks!

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  13. Hi firebirdie, I did not toast them. But I think it is a great idea to bake the nuts before grinding for more fragrance. Maybe around 150 deg C for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Don't bake the halved ones. I'm sure it will make the cookies taste better.

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  14. Can I substitute ground cashews with almond meal? Thanks

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  15. Anonymous: Never tried before. You can if you run out of cashew nuts. But do use ground cashew nuts for the best cashew nut flavour. :)

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  16. Hi SSB, may i know do you preheat the oven first? I preheated for 15 mins and bake for 15 mins but turned out slightly burn on top. Also i placed tray in the middle with top and bottom fire, is that correct? Many thanks Melody

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  17. Melody: Yes, you need to preheat oven before baking. The 15 minutes is just a guideline, you can adjust according to your oven. The cookies are done when the top is nice golden brown in colour. If they brown too fast, you can reduce your oven temperature by 5-10 deg C.

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