Monday, February 04, 2008

Happy Lunar New Year


The Lunar New Year falls on 7 Feb this year, which is less than two days from now. I just want to sneak in for a quick note to wish all who are celebrating the Lunar New Year a happy and prosperous new year. May your stomaches be filled with pineapple tarts, love letters, peanut cookies, nian gao, bak gua and all the delicious food lay in front of you. And those who are single, your pockets be spilled with lots of red packets!


Instead of meeting up with friends, I spent most of my time in KK baking at our new kitchen. I have lost count on the number of batches of pineapple rolls we baked.Even though we keep baking, the pineapple rolls keep disappearing. Some have undoubtedly ended in our stomachs, but most have been packed and given away to friends and relatives.

pineapple rolls

I also made 3 batches of horlicks animal cookies, in which they are supposed to look like doggies. However, as I was shaping them, the doughs seem to have a mind of their own, and some decided they should be piggy and bears,some wanted to be a hybrid of piggy+ bears, and the rest, hybrid of dog + piggy...Not exactly the way I have set out but I like how unique they each look nonetheless.

Horlick Animal Cookies

I will be bringing some of these back to Singapore tomorrow, hopefully OCT's nieces and nephews will like them.

Horlick Animal Cookies

I enjoy shaping the cookies but not so much on eating them. Horlick is definitely not my cup of tea. Our friends who have tried them thought they taste pretty good though....

Horlicks Animal Cookies
adapted from my blog buddy

180g butter, soften at room temperature
80g Horlicks (original flavour)
200g top flour or cake flour
25g corn flour
25g milk powder
100g chocolate chips (I used Hershey's kissable chips)
some chocolate rice
some Koko Krunch

Pre-heat oven to 140deg C. Line baking tray with baking paper and set aside.

Sieve cake flour, corn flour and milk powder.

Cream butter and Horlicks for about three minutes at low speed. Do not overbeat.
Put in cake flour, cornflour and milk powder and beat for about one minute to form

Divide dough into 10g each. Put three chocolate chips into each piece of dough and roll into balls.

Insert two pieces of Koko Krunch to form the 'ears', chocolate rice for the "eyes", and a mini chocolate chip in the centre for the 'nose'.

Bake at 140 deg C for about 25 minutes. Depending on your oven, it may take another 5 to 10 minutes more for the cookies to be ready.

Leave to cool on wire rack before storing in an airtight container.


Anonymous said...

Happy (early) Lunar New Year to you too :) The dog cookies look cute, but I'm actually hoping to nudge you for a recipe for the pineapple rolls! :D Pretty please?

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

Those animal cookies are just so cute! I would feel a bit guilty about eating one, but I think I would get over that quickly!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I'm sure your nieces and nephews will adore them. I know mine would. They're precious!

Manggy said...

Those look great Mandy! I wish I had a pineapple roll right now :)
I think it's the squinty eyes and pink snout that turned 'em into piggies :)

Deborah said...

Those pineapple rolls sound amazing. And your doggies are adorable!

Stef said...

Those doggies are soooo adorable!

Anonymous said...

Man, I wish I had the problem of "not enjoying eating them!!" Those little animals are supercute!

Tarah at Genesis of a Cook said...

How cute! I so want to do this!!

KayKat said...

These are *cute*! I'm going to try to bake some tonight.

Anonymous said...

Cute and makes me droll!!! Gong Xi Fa Chai!!

Brilynn said...

Those are so adorable!

ashley said...

these animal cookies are so cute!

happy new year!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely spread you have there!
Happy New Year to you :)

Jazz said...

Same goes for me - horlicks is definitely not my favorite thing! But I keep feeling like I'm missing out on something, because everyone else loves them so much...

I'll join ellie in begging for the pinapple roll recipe? *puppy face*

Little Corner of Mine said...

Wishing you & family:

Xin Nian Kuai Le!
Sheng Ti Jian Kang!
Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Cannelle Et Vanille said...

I just found your blog and I'm in love with it! I just added you to my favorite food blogs. Your photos are beautiful! These cookies are too cute...

bp said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and OCT! Everything looks so good, and the Horlicks cookies are just adorable... surely there are also those that look like Mickey or Minnie? =)

Jaime said...

what adorable animal cookies!

i just joined the DB this month, just checking out everyone else’s blogs, wanted to say hello :)

daphne said...

Happy Lunar New Year! Was blog hopping and stumbled into yours. Simple love those hoclicks cookies. very cute!

Aimei said...

Happy New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai Mandy! :)

Alisa said...

From a visual standpoint, those animal cookies are adorable! From an appetite point of view, I am dying to know how you made those luscious looking pineapple rolls!

chenboon said...

Happy Chinese New Year, Mandy.
You have created a series of wonderful animal cookies, they are so cute...

Anne said...

Happy CNY to you Mandy! Your pineapple tarts looks sooo good to eat and the malted animal cookies are just too cute :)

Rasa Malaysia said...

So cute, you have to share the pineapples cookie recipe with me. I love those...

MPG said...

First of all, a very Happy New Year to you!

Second of all, growing up in Asia, I had my fair share of horlicks and I hated it. Then at one point they even made the nastiest tasting biscuits out of them that I could never eat. But now if I had ever seen those animal cookies that look so dang cute, I would've gladly eaten them.

Gorgeous shots there, too!

Farhan said...

Happy New Year!
Did u get the package??

Piggy said...

gong xi fa cai!

I love horlicks though... gonna try out the horlicks cookies soon. :-)

tigerfish said...

So cute. I think it's something doggish + piggish. It's really really cute! Maybe can improvise to make them rat-ish or mousey to celebrate year of the Rat!

Happy Lunar New Year!

Unknown said...

Hello,can you share with me the pineapple tarts recipe with me?

Kajal@aapplemint said...

Hello Mandy , i'm late but gueng hei fat choi :)

Absolutely love the cookies ...woaa cute. cant believe i lost touch over past few months. Had to go back to my old comments to get you link. Everything looks so fabulous on your blog. Gr8 photography and presentation too. Keep it up girl !
and BTW Happy Valentines Day !

Anonymous said...

OMG, Those animal cookies are the cutest things ever, very tasteful:-)

Mandy said...

your wish is my command. See the latest entry for the recipe. :)

I agree! That's why I took lots pictures before giving them away!

thanks! As it turns out, the kids love them!

I think so too!Especially the pink snout.



well, i don't know. I never love Horlicks since young. ;p It's better that way, or else I wouldn't want to share them with anybody.

I hope you get to try it sometime!

I hope you like it!



thanks and happy new year to you too!


the pineapple tarts/rolls recipe has been added in the latest entry. :)

Little Corner of Mine,
Gong Xi Gong Xi! Selamat Tahun Baru Cina! Happy CNY!

aran goyoaga,
thanks, and I am glad you like what you see over here. :)

Gong Xi Gong Xi! Oh yes, there are some that turned out looking like mice.;p

thanks for dropping by and welcome to the DB community!

thanks for dropping by!I need to start blog hopping after I settle down.

Happy Chinese New Year to you and your loved ones too!

the recipe for the pineapple rolls is in the latest entry. :)


Happy New Year, sista!

rasa malaysia,
the recipe is on the latest entry for your perusal. :D

mango power girl,
oh, I am so glad to know that I am not the only person who hated Horlick. :)You know,the cookies doesn't change my sentiment towards Horlicks though.

Thanks! I just received the tiny spoons when I got back to US.

can't wait to see your version of the horlicks cookies. I am sure it would be 10X more gorgeous.:)

good idea! How come I never thought of that earlier! Happy Chinese New Year to you and your loved ones!

seow huei,
see the latest entry for the recipe. :)

thanks and good to see you back!


Dana said...

Awww, those animal cookies are adorable!!

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