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Chinese peanut cookies are an easy and quick dessert that kids will love! These cookies are soft and crumbly, and will melt in your mouth! 

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Chinese peanut cookies are a fun traditional Chinese dessert that are enjoyed during Chinese New Year. They are so easy to make, and they have an amazing melt in your mouth crumbly texture that makes they so unique! 

Make an entire Asian inspired dinner:

three plates with chinese peanut cookies

How to make Chinese peanut cookies

These traditional chinese cookies are so simple to make – even more simple than the familiar peanut butter cookies you are used to! 

Traditionally these cookies are made by grinding your own peanuts into an almost flour, but I have simplified this by using chunky peanut butter instead. These cookies are also usually made with pork lard or peanut oil, but I used extra virgin olive oil instead since that is a more common ingredient most families have on hand. 

For the full recipe, scroll down to the recipe card below, but here is a general idea of how to make the cookies:

  1. Measure out all your ingredients and preheat the oven. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.
  2. Stir together the flour, powdered sugar, baking powder, and salt. 
  3. Mix in the chunky peanut butter until it is all combined and resembles course, peanut buttery sand.
  4. Gradually add in the olive oil, mixing until a dough forms that is slightly sticky. It is best to just jump in and mix with your hands. Add a little at a time and incorporate all before you add any more in. You want to be able to easily form the dough into a ball without it being too crumbly, but also not have so much oil in the dough that it melts everywhere. 
  5. Roll a spoonful of dough into a ball. Place on the prepared baking sheet. 
  6. Repeat with remaining dough.
  7. Place a peanut in the middle of each cookie.
  8. Brush with the egg wash 
  9. Bake for 15 minutes.
  10. Allow to sit for at least 10 minutes on the cookie sheet. They will be fragile and super hot fresh out of the oven. 
  11. Move to a wire cooling rack to cool completely. 
collage showing steps to make Chinese peanut cookies

Kids in the kitchen: How your kids can help you cook

Getting your kids in the kitchen is an amazing way to help them be more interested in trying new foods and confident in their own abilities. This easy cookie recipe is great because it helps them learn to jump in and get their hands dirty and they get to practice their measuring and stirring

This recipe is perfect for beginner bakers because it is so easy! And it is a great recipe for kids to experiment and become more comfortable with new flavors – which means they are more likely to eat it!

  • Kids aged 1-3 can help you measure ingredients and help you stir and help place the peanuts in the cookies.
  • Kids aged 4-6 can do everything above, plus help you stir the dough together and form the cookie balls. They can also crack the egg and help you brush the egg wash on top.
  • Kids aged 7-10+ can help you do everything above.

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.

plate with five chinese peanut cookies on

Other Asian recipes your family will love:

  • Crock Pot Chicken Ramen – This easy chicken ramen soup is perfect no matter the time of the year! Packed with flavor and kid-friendly, this slow cooker ramen recipe is a winner! 
  • Thai Turkey Zucchini Meatballs – These easy weeknight Thai meatballs are kid friendly and healthy! With a creamy red curry and coconut milk based sauce, these tender and flavorful Turkey Zucchini Meatballs are ready in about 30 minutes! 

Other traditional desserts from around the world:

  • Mexican Coconut Candies – Cocadas are coconut treats from Latin America. These soft, chewy coconut mounds are mixed with dulche de leche and studded with macadamia nuts. Cocadas are like macaroons, but much better! 
  • Chocolate Swedish Cake  – This easy swedish cake recipe is a fudgey, rich and decadent one bowl dessert that will be your new go-to recipe. Also called Kladdkaka, this sticky cake is reminiscent of a underbaked brownie – gooey center and a crisp crust on the top. 
  • Armenian Nutmeg Cake – Armenian Nutmeg Cake is a traditional simple cake that is aromatic and rich. With a brown sugar crust, plenty of fresh grated nutmeg and fresh walnuts, this cake looks simple but tastes heavenly! A perfect easy dessert for all occasions. 
baking tray with chinese peanut cookies on silicone mat

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Yield: 24 Cookies

Chinese Peanut Cookies Recipe

plate with five chinese peanut cookies on

Chinese peanut cookies are an easy and quick dessert that kids will love! These cookies are soft and crumbly, and will melt in your mouth! 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 1 egg yolk + 1 teaspoon water

Instructions

    1. Measure out all your ingredients and preheat the oven to 350F.
    2. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.
    3. In a medium sized mixing bowl, stir together the flour, powdered sugar, baking powder, and salt. 
    4. Mix in the chunky peanut butter until it is all combined and resembles course, peanut buttery sand.
    5. Gradually add in the olive oil, mixing until a dough forms that is slightly sticky. It is best to just jump in and mix with your hands. Add a little at a time and incorporate all before you add any more in. You want to be able to easily form the dough into a ball without it being too crumbly, but also not have so much oil in the dough that it melts everywhere. 
    6. Roll a spoonful of dough into a ball. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.
    7. Place a peanut in the middle of each cookie.
    8. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and the teaspoon of water to create an egg wash.
    9. Brush the cookies with the egg wash. 
    10. Bake for 15 minutes.
    11. Allow to sit for at least 10 minutes on the cookie sheet. They will be fragile and super hot fresh out of the oven. 
    12. Move to a wire cooling rack to cool completely. 

Notes

These cookies will last up to two weeks when stored in an air-tight container at room temperature.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 104Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 91mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 3g

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