Sunday, January 22, 2012

Coco Crunch Cookies

Over the fifteen days of Chinese New Year, young families will travel around visiting elderly relatives in their homes. In Singapore, we only have two days off work/school, unlike in China, but I guess the length of holidays correspond to the size of the country. Anyway, to entertain guests who visit over the new year, many families buy or make many cookies or snacks for the guests to enjoy while they visit. The older generation also gives red packets filled with money to the not-yet-married of the younger generation for good luck in the new year.

Not to mention, the weeks before the new year are for shopping for new clothes (everyone must wear new clothes for the new year), new year snacks and cookies, and food. As people probably know, we seldom buy clothes, and I have not bought clothes for the new year since coming to the US. However, we were at Target getting a food processor yesterday and spotted some items on sale for 70% off! (Yes, I'm a sucker for sales.) So, in the end, we ended up getting a red fleece jacket for myself (for $5) and a red fleece pullover for Jas (for $8). They both happened to be red, so we justified the expense by calling it 'Chinese New Year clothes' - not bad for $13.

As such, we kids (I now have to use kids in a broader term because I am an adult, but still am in the youngest generation and don't yet have to give out red packets) love the new year. New clothes, money and food? Don't mind if I do!

Ingredients (makes 3 full cookie sheets of cookies)
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 cups crushed coco crunch

  • Mix all the ingredients together, forming a dough. 
  • Roll the dough out into a long tube.
  • Pinch small amounts of dough from the tube, and lay them on a cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 6-8 minutes in the oven at 375F.

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