Friday, February 5, 2010

Pandan Thumbprint Cookies

I love pandan anything, so when Sanjana blogged about these delectable cookies, I immediately fast-tracked them to the Priority Queue on my to-bake list.



The original recipe actually came from Jackie's blog but I went along with Sanjana's because she simplified it. That's always a good thing to me. :) Both versions yield equally good-looking cookies though, so you won't go wrong with either one.

Also, you don't actually have to make "thumprints" if you don't want to. I pressed a chocolate chip morsel into each cookie ball and sent them straight for baking. See, you can always simplify things even further!


Hershey's Semi-sweet Chocolate Chip morsels.

Not surprisingly, the chocolate chip ones were a hit with my children, with my son polishing off an entire tray on his own. If you don't like a sweet centre, why not try other toppings, like nuts? I experimented with some chopped almonds and pistachios which I bought for Chinese New Year.


Chopped Almonds.


Pistachios.

The salted pistachios were amazing with the sweet pandan flavour. I think salted cashews would be nice too. :)

Thanks, sweet Sanjana, for sharing this very pretty and delicious treat. The cookies were so fragrant and buttery. I like!

Recipe
(adapted from KO Rasoi, and originally seen at Pham Fatale)
Makes 24 biscuits

- 140g plain flour, sifted
- 30g icing sugar + 4 extra tbsp icing sugar
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp water (only if required)
- 85g butter, softened
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp pandan extract
- Chocolate chips morsels, nuts, whatever toppings you like!


1. Combine the flour, 30g icing sugar, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

2. Cream together the butter, egg yolk, 4 tbsps icing sugar and pandan extract. Add the butter mixture to the flour mixture and combine quickly with fingertips. If you need to add 1 tbsp water to bring the dough together then do so.

3. Wrap the dough in cling film and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.

4. Grease and line baking trays then roll your dough into 1 inch-sized balls and flatten them slightly.

5. Arrange the dough balls on your tray evenly spaced (they will spread as they cook).

6. Bake at 160 degrees C (gas mark 4) for 8-10 minutes then remove from the oven. Make "thumbrints" in the centre of the half-cooked biscuits with a small measuring spoon (not your actual thumb!). Return them to the oven and bake for a further 8 minutes.

7. Remove the biscuits from the oven and push in a little chocolate button or a couple of chocolate chips into the "thumbprint". Allow to cool thoroughly before taking them off the baking sheet.

* Notes from The Little Teochew:
~ I omitted Steps (6) and (7).

~ After arranging the dough balls at Step 5, I simply pressed the desired toppings onto each cookie (dough) ball, and sent them straight to the oven for baking. It worked out fine, although you won't get those adorable, pretty cracks in the cookies.

39 comments:

  1. pandan cookie? I'm going to bookmark everything down, and pass you a list of your bakes that i want to try :)

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  2. Brad, as long as you keep taking gorgeous photos of me, I will stuff you with food! Fair deal? LOLOLOL!!!

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  3. You are a genius! Pandan flavor cookies :) I really like the green. So refreshing.

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  4. So nice green colours and this cookie is new to me.I have all ingredients but should I bake this? Still have few type of cookies to be made, how huh? maybe next year only try this. Anyway, I like this beatiful cookie, well done.

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  5. What a small blogging world it is! I could never decide between yours and Sanjana's gorgeous versions of this recipe. Perhaps that's why you are both 2 of my favorite food bloggers? You can somehow manage to make the same thing, yet each version has the unmistakable stamp of your distinct culinary personalities ... AND they're both totally craveworthy. Well, luckily I have time to bake both. :-)

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  6. These cookies are so beautiful!! I learn so much from your blog. Thank you for posting this, Ju!

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  7. lovely lovely green..my favaourite colur always!!! they must taste awesome with the pandan flavour n I can imagine ur son polishing off a whole tray!!! i wld too :)))

    btw.....I thought green was nt the best colour for CNY? am I wrong?

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  8. Oh ladies, you're all so kind, you know? :) Careful how you heap compliments on me ... my head might swell. ;)

    Zurin: This is NOT for Chinese New Year! LOL. It's for NOW. Err actually, it was for yesterday. The cookies didn't survive the night. Hee hee!

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  9. Cute...hehe, try do the red one. Pleassse

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  10. love the idea of the pistachios and crush almonds..these look gorgeous.

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  11. amazing !! pandan cookies!1 I never ever think to use pandan to make cookies! thanks for sharing the wonderful idea!

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  12. I love the pretty green colour. Must bookmark it!

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  13. I love pandan everything too! The colour makes me happy!

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  14. Awww Ju! :D I love how you adapted and gave your own special twist to the recipe. How gorgeous do those pistachios look!? :o And you're right, there's always a way to simplify things even further (which can never be a bad thing!) I'm so happy you liked the recipe as much as I did. Like you, as soon as I'd seen them I knew I had to bake them right away! x

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  15. Hi Ju
    Oh...so you are busy baking your "must have" cookies? I suppose you have a timetable/schedule too.

    Haha...

    : )

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  16. Ah! Another interesting and promising cookie recipe! Goodness, there are just too many to be tried out ... How? =(

    Yours looks so pretty with the green color! Like jade!!

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  17. Wow... this sure look great and special for coming CNY goodies.... Your new inspiration marks my baking list... :p Thanks :)

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  18. Che belli questi biscottini, così come è molto bella la foto, adatti per il nostro te virtuale.
    Buon fine settimana Daniela.

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  19. They are all stars on their own.. the chip..the pistachios.. all lovely..I think I love the pistachio on the pandan the best..Matchy Matchy:)
    I bet cookies getolished off quickly..and you make them so pretty for your children..How do you do it all?:)

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  20. Very pretty! I must learn how to bake from you!

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  21. This is interesting! What a lovely green... definitely good news for my mum who's pandan lover.. :) gonna bookmark this recipe. ;)

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  22. Waw,...Ju!! These cookies are apart & look so fab!!


    MMMMMM,...all the colourful way!

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  23. This is indeed quite interesting. I have never had pandan cookies before and I,too love pandan. Next time, when you go to Bangkok, you should check out their supermarket. They are big on Pandan as well. I still have some natural pandan tea from Thailand... and I think I am going to have them now.:)

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  24. Those look so cute and the color is beautiful! I've never had pandan cookies, but I sure would like to try them!

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  25. They look like really cute toy cookies. anything pandan is up my alley

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  26. Hi Ju! Those cookies look stunning - so vibrant. I have never tried pandan cookies before but I do enjoy pandan. I am sure they taste delicious and so unique!

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  27. hi ju how delicate these little cookies !! and this green is beautiful !! bravo ! pierre

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  28. The colour reminds me of Matcha....I have never had the pandan cookies. Stunning pictures!

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  29. I know nothing about pandan, but I am mad for the color of these cookies!!! Beautiful photos!

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  30. They are so cute and the color, as each time is a real pleasure to come on your blog, I have no many time at the moment and I miss your recipes and your photos !

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  31. I'm glad you liked them. Gorgeous photos! :D

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  32. I LOVE pandan everything.Yet to make pandan cookies though...I have some pandan in my freezer - will have to make these little gems soon!!

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  33. THe pictures finally loaded for me! Had some trouble with the pics the other day. Love the green!

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  34. Hi Ju, this is such a wonderful post. Like you, my boyfriend loves anything pandan! I made him a batch of these during the CNY and he couldn't stop eating them. :) I like the fact that it doesn't have tons of butter (want the best for his health after all! :D).

    One question: Is it possible to substitute castor sugar for the icing in this recipe?

    Thank you for your consistently gorgeous posts and recipes, Ju, your blog is such a pleasure to visit! :)


    L

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  35. Hi Ju, I really love pandan everything too! just wondering, is pandan extract the same as pandan paste? Thanks so much for all your posts and recipes, they're really delicious!!!!!!!!! :D

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  36. how long did you bake the cookies for if you omitted steps 6&7? sorry for asking such a silly question! :P

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  37. Anon: I think pandan extract = pandan paste. I think. I used pandan paste for these. :) Also, if you are omitting steps 6 and 7, bake them for about 15mins.

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