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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Chinese New Year Bake #2 - Kue Putri Salju







This is another traditional Indonesian Chinese New Year cookie. I don't think I have ever seen this sold in Malaysia. But I might be wrong. It's called kue putri salju ( snow white cookies) because it's dusted with icing sugar which makes it looks like it's covered in snow. Why snow white? I have no idea, maybe Indonesian loves fairy tale....?? ahhaha....I'm not sure but I guess it makes sense to call it snow white cookies as it looks pretty covered in snow-like icing sugar....=)

These cookies are usually shaped like a moon or we call it bulan sabit in Indonesian. If you feel lazy to make it moon-shaped then just make small rounds like peanut butter cookies. Try to leave some space in between cookies when you bake because it will expand in the oven and might stick to one another which will be troublesome to separate later on. What I did to shape these cookies was to roll a dough longitudinally and then bend it to make them look like moons. Also, just like my recipe for peanut butter cookies, the dough is quite sticky especially if you make it in hot Malaysia/Singapore weather. I suggest you get a bowl of flour handy next to you and dust your hands every now and then to make it more workable for you.

I'm also submitting this to Aspiring Baker #3- My favourite CNY cookies hosted by Jess' Kitchen.

Kue Putri Salju- Snow White Cookies

Ingredients:
  • 250 grams unsalted butter
  • 100 grams caster sugar
  • 250 grams plain flour, sifted
  • 200 grams ground roasted cashew nut
Icing sugar for dusting

Methods:
  1. Beat butter and sugar until soft and fluffy
  2. Add in ground cashew nuts and plain flour alternately until well combined
  3. Leave dough in fridge for 1 hour (I didn't leave it in the fridge when I made it and it still came out well). I guess leaving in the fridge will make the dough easier to work with.
  4. Shape dough into moon shapes. Dust your hands with a pinch of plain flour after rolling 3-4 cookies to make it more workable.
  5. Bake in preheated 160 degrees celcius oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown
  6. Leave cookies to cool
  7. Once cookies are cooled, dust both sides with icing sugar

Wish all of you a wonderful and Happy Chinese New Year

10 comments:

Jean said...

i would have long forgotten abt the existence of this cookie until ur post. i remember seeing them when i was very young, i don't really see them being sold nowadays? they look really beautiful, the icing sugar looks like snowflakes on the cookies :)

Cheah said...

I think I've seen this during Hari Raya. Mmm looks nice with the 'snow'. Happy New Year to you and your family too.

dinewithleny said...

@Jean: I think they will still sell them in Indonesia. Maybe more in my hometown medan? =)....yea the icing sugar does make them look pretty yea?

@Cheah: Thank you. Happy new year to you too.

Anncoo said...

This is new to me but it looks pretty!
Happy New Year to you :)

Quay Po Cooks said...

I seldom see this type of cookies for sale. Looks good. BTW come join in the fun of my Valentine's giveaway. I am giving away 14 pairs of original designs handmade earrings. Happy New Year.

j3ss kitch3n said...

really looks like snow white! looks very beautiful, although i don't see this in sg.

dinewithleny said...

@anncoo: Thank you anncoo. HOpe you have a happy new year too.

@Quay Po Cooks: Hi, thanks for dropping by. Sure will join in. Thanks for notifying me.

@Jess kitchen: Thank you Jess. It's quite easy to make and yummy.

Christine@Christine's Recipes said...

Haven't tried any Indonesian Chinese New Year cookie...Look similar to chinese ones. Love the shape you created.

dinewithleny said...

Hi Christine, thank you. yea most of them are similar namely kue bangket, pineapple tarts, loveletter, there are just a few that I haven't seen sold in Malaysia before including this one. =).....Happy Chinese New Year.

uno said...

hmmm yummy .. I really like this food looks so delicious .. .. I want to try it

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