Macadamia Tea Cakes

While looking through GuaiShuShu CNY cookies recipes compilation, I come across the macadamia teacakes. The recipe looks easy enough, so I decided to give it a go. I edit the recipe to make it easier for me. And the end result while delicious, is not pretty enough. I did not really coat the cookies with enough sugar once they came out of the oven. But, I think it is fine. It is not sweet, so it is nice for anyone who doesn’t really like sweet stuff. And I really think anything with macadamia is really yummy.

Make ~50 1inch cookies
170C preheated oven, lined baking sheet
Ingredients
250g butter, soften (I use Cowhead salted butter)
250g flour
120g chopped macadamia nuts
50g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
40g icing sugar for rolling the dough in

Methods
Cream the 50g sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
Sift in the flour and stir until well mixed.
Add in the nuts and vanilla essence, stir until combined.
Use a dough scooper to get similar size ball and line them on the baking tray 3 cm apart. (Or you can just scoop with your hand and roll into round balls.) If the dough is too soft, you can place it in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
Bake for about 10-12 minutes until slightly golden.
Prepare a bowl with icing sugar.
Once the cookies are baked, take them out of the oven and place them in the bowl.
Rolled and coat the cookies with the sugar.
Place them on a wire rack to cool.
Repeat with the  rest of the cookies.
Once cooled, roll against the icing sugar again to coat them with more icing sugar.
Store in airtight container.

I did not roll them in a bowl, as I do not want to have another bowl to wash. I also did not roll them a second time when they cooled. Instead, I sprinkle icing sugar all over the cookies. They don’t look anything like Russian Tea Cakes but it is the taste that matter. They melt in your mouth, with a strong buttery taste. Not too sweet with a nice crunch from the macadamia. The icing sugar that coated the cookies make it fun to lick your fingers after. Anyway, if I were to bake this again, I would chopped the macadamia more finely. While chunky macadamia is nice, finer pieces will have a better mouthfeel. This is now one of my top CNY goodies or just cookies in general.

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Almond Cookies

CNY is upon us. My favourite goodies is the peanut cookies. I also like the almond, walnut and basically anything with nut type of cookies. I was planning to bake all the different nut cookies, but I decided it was not worth the trouble. Maybe next year, when everything is not so rush, I’ll do that. I found this recipe from GuaiShuShu and I saw almond meal as one of the ingredient and got excited. Cause after my fail attempt of macarons, I have a lot of almond meal left. You can also use baked almonds and ground them using food processor if almond meal is not available. I also substitute the potato starch, as I only have corn starch.

Instead of rolling the dough into a 3-5mm sheet and cut them out with cookie cutter, I rolled them into balls and press down with my thumb. Thus the shape is not a perfect circle. You can also just cut them into squares. It really is up to you. And my cookies are not shiny and less than perfect looking, cause I do not want to waste a egg for the egg wash.

Make ~45 1.5inch cookies
160C preheated oven, lined cookie sheet
Ingredients
150g softened butter
80g sugar
1 egg yolk
200g flour
100g almond meal
2 tbs cornstarch

Methods
Cream the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
Beat in the yolk.
Mix in the almond meal.
Sift in the flour and cornstarch and fold until well mix and no more white can be seen in the mixture.
Use a dough scooper to get similar size ball and lined them on the baking tray 3 cm apart. (Or you can just scoop with your hand and roll into round balls, I prefer this method.)
Gently press the cookies with thumb to flatten them.
(You can brush an egg wash on top of the dough to make it shiny.)
Bake for about 12-15 minutes.
Let cool and store in airtight containers.

The cookies sort of melt in the mouth, but they are crunchy. Keyword: sort of. From the look of it, it seems like the cookies will break apart easily. But they don’t crumble as badly. If you like almond, you’ll like this.