Wednesday, January 20, 2010

CNY Crunchy Walnut Cookies

I was feeling stress at work and needed to do something to de-stress myself. Baking is one of the thing could help me to achieve as it requires patience and concentration.

I found this recipe from one of the local cookbook, since this is my first attempt, I was trying my luck hoping it would be as delicious as the book described.


Based on the cookbook, this cookies supposed to be crunchy and full of walnut flavour. However, what it turned out wasn't as good as it claimed. It's true that it's crunchy but the walnut flavour wasn't strong enough. From my view, this recipe has room for improvement.
Although it's not my best favourite, it's in fact not too bad after all.

If you like something crunchy but less strong in walnut flavour, this recipe suits you.

Ingredients:
- 140g butter
- 125g caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- 50ml oil
- 50g walnuts (toasted and chopped)
- 320g top flour }
- 1/2 tsp baking soda } sift together
- 1/2 tsp baking powder }
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Egg yolk for glazing (beaten egg with 2 drops of water and oil)

Method:
1. Cream butter and sugar for about 1 minute at medium speed.
2. Lightly beat egg with vanilla essence and add to butter mixture. Beat till well combined.
3. Add oil and mix well.
4. Sift flour, baking soda and baking powder into the mixture from step 3, add salt and chopped walnuts .
5. Fold the mixture gently and knead lightly till a dough is formed.
6. Preheat oven at 180*C (fan forced) for 10 mins.
7. Roll the dough into 1/2 tsp size ball and place on the tray lined with baking paper.
8. Bake at 170*C (fan forced) for 5 mins and then turn to top bottom heat (remain 170*C) for 10-12 mins.
9. Allow cookies to cool down before storage.

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