Tuesday, February 17, 2015

White almond cookies

Tomorrow is Chinese New Year. I should be busy getting ready, really. So this will be a quick short post.

Last year, I share the recipe for peanut cookies. Yesterday, I made these cookies. I couldn't help doing some last minute baking.

To be honest, they look great and taste okay but they're not as melt-in-the-mouth as I expected them to be. Perhaps I shouldn't have added the extra oil, but the dough was way too dry and crumbly to handle otherwise.

I got the recipe from RasaMalaysia.  Here it is with some minor adaptations:

I'd like to wish all my Chinese friends a very Happy Chinese New Year. Happy eating everyone!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's Cookies

Finally, an up-to-date blog post from me. It hasn't been easy though. The first batch of dough was wrong because I copied the recipe incorrectly. Then the camera battery was out. And then, all the photos I took was corrupt and I couldn't download them! I couldn't believe it at first, but it happened, and then it occured to me that it's Friday 13th! Gosh!

Nonetheless, it's Valentine's Day tomorrow, so I took a few pictures again. I was able to download them the second time around, thankfully.

These are basic cookies. Even though they're quite simple to make and the recipe can be easily found, I do have a trick to share. I can't remember where I read it but a good way to make the jam firm and smooth on top, is to mix it with some jelly powder dissolved in water. It can be finicky if you're making a large batch though, because the mixture can solidify rather quickly. If it does, just melt it again to a pouring consistency.

You may sprinkle icing sugar on the cookies before filling in. I didn't, because I think they will mess up anyway when you pack them up.

The recipe (in pink format) is shown below. Here's wishing everyone a Happy Valentine's Day!