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Chinese Peanut Cookies

Chinese Peanut Cookies are traditionally made for Chinese New Year. These cookies are very delicate and crumbly and have a melt in the mouth texture.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 24 Cookies


  • 1 cup Roasted Peanuts
  • 1 cup Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp Butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup Oil (Peanut oil preferred)
  • tsp Egg replacer whisked in 1½tbsp water (or use ½ of a whisked egg)


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the roasted peanuts in a blender or food processor and grind until a coarse crumbs form. Add the confectioners sugar and blend again until the mixture is finely ground. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking powder. Add the peanut-sugar mixture into the bowl and stir until combined.
  • Add the melted butter and oil into the bowl. Mix and knead until the whole mixture comes together into a soft dough. If the dough seems too dry, add a tablespoon more oil.
  • Roll the dough into 1" round balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Traditionally a little decorative stamp is put on top, but I used the tip of the straw to make a design.
  • Brush the cookies with egg replacer mixture (or egg) and then bake for 20~22 minutes until light golden in color. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely before serving. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.