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Chinese Peanut Cookies

These Chinese Peanut Cookies are a simple, savory-sweet cookie to bake for the Chinese Lunar New Year or any time for desserts or snacks. They have a coarse, shortbread-like consistency. They crumble at the first bite, but the peanut-like aroma and flavors make it hard to put down. Serve it with a pot of tea. This is an Asian In America recipe and makes about 24 bite-sized pieces.
Prep Time1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time13 mins
Total Time1 hr 23 mins
Course: Dessert, Merienda, Snacks
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Filipino
Keyword: Chinese New Year Peanut Cookies
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 590kcal
Author: Elizabeth Ann Quirino


  • Food processor
  • Large Baking Sheets


  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup coarsely ground unsalted peanuts bottled
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 whole egg beaten, for brushing on cookies


  • Using a food processor or blender, crush the peanuts to a coarse consistency. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour with the baking powder and baking soda.
    Process these dry ingredients in the food processor till it is a fine powder, for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the crushed peanuts and sugar. Continue processing.
    While the processor is running, pour the cooking oil. Process till the mixture becomes thick and clumpy. This takes about 3 to 4 minutes.
    Transfer the peanut mixture to a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to firm up.
  • Shape the peanut dough into small balls, 1-inch in diameter each (about 1/2 Tablespoon per ball).
    Arrange the balls on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Leave a space of 1 inch between the balls.
    Using a chopstick, poke the center of each ball with the wider end of the stick. This will give each ball a middle indentation.
    Brush egg wash on top of each peanut ball.
  • Preheat the oven at 350 F degrees.
    Bake the peanut cookies at 350 F for 12 to 13 minutes till golden brown.
    When cookies are done, cool on a baking rack.
    To store: Keep cookies in an air-tight container in a cool section of the pantry.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 590kcal | Carbohydrates: 105g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 276mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 75g | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg