Sometimes, a girl just needs to bake cookies. Food stylist Karen Shinto and I had a phone meeting recently to sketch out a game plan for an upcoming Asian Tofu photo shoot. After we got all of our work squared away, we chatted about recent food discoveries. One of the things that she mentioned was making a batch of tasty Chinese-style peanut cookies.
Did I want the recipe? Of course! My momma didn't raise no fool. Karen also sent along these photos too! What a friend.
These cookies came about because Karen had a bunch of peanuts sitting around. Wondering how to use them up, she remembered a short (that’s not a slight on height) Chinese cookie from her youth.
You may be familiar with these Chinese peanut cookies as a Lunar New Year sweet. Hua sheng bing are often sold in tall plastic containers at the markets. I assure you that homemade ones taste far better.
Karen couldn't wait till CNY to have her cookies. She looked them up online, rummaged through her books, and tinkered in her kitchen to come up with this recipe for Chinese peanut cookies.