Yesterday I read in someone's blog that she's rather confused about Chinese New Year cookies , she's not too sure too which are really the CNY cookies and which are not. Well, i told her that there's really no classification but we have the traditional types of cookies which normally can be found in most homes during Chinese New Year such as peanut cookies, almond cookies, cashewnut cookies, kuih bangkit and the ever famous pineapple tarts. But as years passed by with some influence from the western countries, people have come up with macadamia nut cookies, cornflake cookies, cereal oaty cookies, even biscotti for Chinese New Year and this is one of those, hazelnut cocoa cookies. You probably wont find this selling at the mall, it's homemade and i got this recipe from a weekend baking class sometime back. These cookies are not melt in your mouth type but simply full of aroma from the hazelnut, tender and fluffy, if you want it to be more crunchy, just extend the baking time slightly longer.
I will be submitting this post to the Aspiring Baker #3- My Favourite CNY Cookie (Jan 2011) hosted by Jess
200gms icing sugar
3 size A eggs
480gms plain flour
180gms rice flour
1/4 +1/8tsp soda bicarbonate powder
1/4 tsp double action baking powder
150gms ground hazelnut
4 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
1. Beat buter and icing sugar until creamy, then add in eggs in batches and beat again till well mixed. Then add in plain flour, rice flour, soda bicarbonate, baking powder and salt to form a dough.
2.Divide the dough into 2 equal parts, add in 150gms of ground hazelnut into one part of the dough and the cocoa powder into the other half of the dough.
3.Put the cocoa layer of the dough onto a parchment paper, roll it flat, probably around 0.5cm in thickness, then add on the hazelnut layer, roll it flat with the same thickness on top of the cocoa layer. Freeze for 10 minutes.
4. Remove the dough and cut with a cookie cutter, bake at moderate heat for 35minutes. I baked mine at 140C.
From the picture, you can see that the hazelnut layer is much thicker than the cocoa layer, it's because i didnt measure the thickness.
Eventually you will also get some cookies that look like this because after you have cut them all out using the cutters, you will have to gather back all the dough and this time around the two doughs will be kind of mixed together.