CHINESE PEANUT COOKIES – HUA SHENG BING

CHINESE PEANUT COOKIES – HUA SHENG BING
January 27, 2017 Kimberlie

Chinese Peanut Cookies – Hua Sheng Bing

In the Fire Rooster Lunar New Year, Chinese Peanut Cookies (Hua Sheng Bing) symbolize fertility and wealth. Peanuts by their Chinese name, Qiansuizi (thousand year old offspring) stand for abundance. Include peanuts in your baking to affirm an optimistic future. You’ll benefit from the long lasting texture of chunky peanuts and coarse salt. The fine sugar and butter add richness and stability. Prosper in the satisfaction of happy friends and family. Teach your children the traditions of Chinese Peanut Cookies. They’re easy to mix and bake. Leave me your comments in the section below.

Many thanks to Andrea Nguyen of Viet World Kitchen for this expert recipe. You can see her original post here.

BTW, I discovered that my friend, a fellow Montreal food blogger, Evelyne at cultureatz.com also made Andrea’s Chinese Peanut Cookie recipe for the Lunar New Year. It turns out, we made these cookies on the very same day without realizing. What are the chances? This kind of coincidence created a perfect opportunity to show our readers the same cookie made by two different food bloggers. Check out Evelyne’s Chinese Peanut Cookies.

Chinese Peanut Cookie, The Finer Cookie.

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  • Makes 48-60 cookies
  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons (10 ounces/295 grams) unsalted roasted peanuts skins removed
  • 1 1/4 cups (5 ounces/150 grams) confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons (10.75 ounces/304.75 grams) bleached or unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons (1.5 ounces/43 grams) unsalted butter melted
  • 2/3 cup (5 ounces/140 grams) fragrant peanut oil
  • 1 egg beaten

MISE EN PLACE THE COOKIE DOUGH

  • Preheat the oven to 325ºF.
  • Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line with parchment or a baking liner.
  • Roast the peanuts if necessary. When the peanuts are still warm, remove the skins by rubbing the nuts in a dry kitchen towel.
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    Fresh, flavourful peanuts make tasty cookies.

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    Rub the peanut skins off with a dry kitchen towel.

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    Removing the bitter peanut husks make a better tasting cookie.

  • Place the peanuts in the bowl of a food processor.
  • Weigh or measure the confectioners' sugar into a small bowl and set aside.
  • Melt the butter and combine it with the peanut oil.
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    Melted butter and oil combined and ready for the dry ingredients.

  • In another bowl, add the flour, salt and baking powder.
  • Crack the egg into a small bowl and set aside. Pull out a pastry brush and set aside too.

ASSEMBLING THE COOKIE DOUGH

  • Chop the nuts until coarsely ground. Careful not to over process or the peanuts will become oily.
  • Add the confectioners' sugar and process until fluffy. Be sure to leave a little texture in the peanuts. Chopping them into a fine powder will produce dense, oily cookies.
  • Add the peanut/sugar mixture with the flour. Combine well.
  • Pour the oil and melted butter into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Knead it with your hands to even out the moisture. If the dough is too soft or oily, refrigerate until firmer (15-30 minutes).
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    Add the butter and oil to the dry ingredients.

  • Roll the cookie dough into 1" balls and set on the prepared baking sheet.
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    Rolling the peanut cookie dough.

  • Decorate with a small cookie stamp or make concentric circles with a pen cap.
  • Lightly brush the egg over the cookie.

BAKE THE PEANUT COOKIES

  • In a 350ºF oven, bake the cookies for 20-25 minutes or until firm to the touch and lightly golden.
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    Toasty and warm Chinese Peanut Cookies out of the oven.

  • Cookies will be crumbly when cool, and even more so when warm.
  • Store in an airtight container and share.
  • May the peanuts in this cookie bring you and your family long life, good health and prosperity. Happy New Year.
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    Chinese Peanut Cookie, The Finer Cookie.

4 Comments

  1. Sylvie 2 months ago

    Richard went to the office this morning, he had some nice cookies for us. 
    This was appreciated.
    We liked your cookies.
    The texture, taste, firmness and finish with a savor of salt make this cookies a total success.
    Congratulations !

    I signed up 🙂

    • Author
      Kimberlie 2 months ago

      Hi Sylvie, Thanks so much for your time leaving me this message. I couldn’t agree more about the joys of the crunchy texture. I used a very coarse salt, which made the whole experience really delightful.

      Thanks too for subscribing to my e-mails. I try to send a new recipe once a week or so, and I do my best to make them interesting and enticing. I hope you choose a couple cookies to bake up.

      Best,
      Kim

  2. Evelyne CulturEatz 2 months ago

    新年好 Xīnnián hǎo Happy #ChineseNewYear!
    Your cookies look so great! And so cool to share each other’s posts like this. So gald we fou dout about this amazing coincidence!

    • Author
      Kimberlie 2 months ago

      Thanks Evelyne! I look forward to seeing your post tomorrow. The coincidence was too much. What are the chances?

      Aren’t they delicious? Love the texture of this cookie. 新年好 Xīnnián hǎo Happy #ChineseNewYear!

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