With the Chinese New Year festivities heating up, you’ll find many traditional desserts famous for their sugary goodness – and good fortune! – to satisfy your sweet tooth. Here, a round up of our favorites to celebrate the year of the snake…
Sesame Balls (Jian dui): Made of glutinous rice flour, stuffed with red bean paste, then smothered with sesame seeds and deep-fried in oil ‘til golden brown (um… yum!), these gooey treats symbolize the way your luck can expand through out the year.
Peking Dust: This simple, but oh-so delicious combo featuring decadent whipped cream is topped with ground chestnuts, said to signify the yellow dust of the Mongolian Desert.
Fortune Cookies: Perhaps the most well-known – not to mention Americanized – Chinese confection, these message-filled delights make the perfect ending to a festive meal. Try making your own at home with our quick and easy recipe!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Meanwhile, make the batter by whipping egg whites until stiff. Transfer to the fridge to chill until needed. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add the flour, then the vanilla extract.
Pour in the chilled egg whites and continue to mix on low until the batter is smooth. Using the back of a small ladle and off-set spatula, spread the batter into even, 3-inch circles on a parchment or silicone-lined baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes, then remove cookies quickly from the oven and place a paper fortune inside and fold disc in half. Rest each folded cookie over the edge of a mug or ramekin to get the characteristic crescent shape, then shift folded cookies to a room temperature muffin tray in order for them to cool and keep their shape without touching.