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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Melting Moments

Chinese New Year is just nine days away and all the children are looking forward to it as they will be receiving lots of 'ang pows' (money in red packets) and lots of cookies to eat!  What about the adults?  They would groan and start balancing their bank account because this means expenditure is going to be extremely high this time of the year!  Well, this is truly unavoidable and we might as well just join in the fun with the kids..waakaakaa.

As part of the Chinese custom, a 'gift' in a form of hamper or maybe a bottle of cookie with some mandarin oranges or peanut or dried mushroom or a packet of chinese sausage or 'ling guo' (sticky glutinous rice cake) and the list goes on, will be given to family and close relatives and close friends.  Each year, we will do up a hamper with a combination of a few food items for my children ex-nanny and her family.  We are very close to them.  They adore my children and treat them just like their own grand-children.  They spoil them to bits!

This year, we decided to get something different for them.  Saw this beautiful Chinese Tea-Set and couldn't resist buying this. I packed it with some artificial cherry blossom and wrapped it into a hamper.  Apart from this, will be adding some food stuff and cookies to this little gift.   Hope they will like this!

 Ok, now that's done, I managed to squeeze some time to make 2 types of cookies today.  One is the Chocolate Chip Cookies, which is the same one I did for Christmas and the other is Melting Moments.  This recipe is great as it literally melts in the mouth.

Here's the recipe:

1/3 cup corn flour
2 1/2 cup self-raising flour
3/4 cup icing sugar
1 egg
155g melted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
(the next time I bake these, I shall add 1tsp of lemon flavor with a little lemon rind, just for taste)

Pre-heat oven to 140d celsius.
1. Combine the corn flour, self-raising flour and icing sugar.  Mix and pour half of the flour into another bowl, and add in egg, vanilla and melted butter.  Beat for 2-3 mins.
2. Add the other half of the flour mixture into the butter mixture and knead to form a soft but pliable dough.
3. Shape it into a ball and place on a baking tray line with parchment paper.  Using a fork press down the dough and form the little 'square' indentation on it.
4. Bake till done.


  1. Melting moments are one of my favourite cookies especially when they are filled with passionfruit icing. The tea set goes perfectly with the cookies as a gift! :)

  2. piękny zestaw filiżanek, a ciasteczka chętnie sama wypróbuję. Pozdrawiam serdecznie. Aga

  3. I'm pretty sure they'll love that tea set. I know I do! And the cookies to go along with it is perfect. Love your blog! I'm following now :)

  4. I am announcing Valentines Special – my 1st blog event and a Giveaway.!. Please do be a part of it and send in your recipes..! :)

  5. You former nanny will love the gift you have prepared for her. How could she not? It is lovely and shows carea and affection. I love your cookies. I'll wager they quickly disappeared. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  6. very nice gift for your daughter's nanny! am sure they will love this and your cookies too!

  7. What a thoughtful gift! I will be touched receiving this.

  8. Thanks, my dear friends..I'm pretty excited to give her the gift this Friday..can't wait to see her!

  9. Really thoughtful gift. I'm sure they would have loved ur cookies too! I would love to see your awesome recipes in my 'Valentine's Day Event' :)

  10. That;s a delicious new year's hamper, amazng treats! Happy new year!

  11. Hi, thanks for your comment on my blog - Let's parcel each other our recipes :) that would be great since I love these melt-in-the-mouth cookies

  12. I am sure your daughter's nanny feel appreciated. It is very important to let her know she is and what a perfect time and way to show your gratitude. Happy Dragon Year to you and your family.

  13. Just mouthwatering...looks so crispy, delectable & delicious!

  14. beautiful cookies and pretty tea set!Kung Hei Fat Choi!

  15. thanks for your visit.
    I love very much chocolate chip cookies. These must be very tasty!!! If you want, you can see my version on my blog!
    Excuse my english! It' not very well!!!

  16. what a lovely gift this must have made! love the cookies :)



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