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I’ve always wanted to make Melting Moments (also known as Yo-yos) whenever I see them in cafes and bakeries. I love how it has this really light texture that just melts in your mouth and hence the name. Leading up to Christmas, I also wanted to make something Christmasy so adapting it slightly from the Gingerbread Cookies that I made previously along with making a few changes to the Lemon Melting Moments recipe from Taste.com.au, here is my twist on the traditionally Lemon flavoured Melting Moments.

Ginger & Orange Melting Moments (adapted from Taste.com.au) 
Makes: 20 Cookies
Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 25 Minutes
Passive Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients
Ginger Cookies
260g Unsalted Butter, Softened
230g Plain Flour
90g Icing Sugar (Plus extra)
100g Custard Powder
1 1/8 tsp Mixed Spice
2 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger

Orange Buttercream Filling
60g Unsalted Butter, Softened
100g Icing Sugar
2 1/2 tsp Orange Zest, Finely Chopped
1 1/2 tbsp Orange Juice, Sieved
1/8 tsp Salt

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Method
Ginger Cookies
1. Preheat oven to 160°C and line 2 oven trays with baking paper.
2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy.

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3. Add in the sifted plain flour, icing sugar, custard sugar, mixed spice and ground ginger to the butter and stir to combine.
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4. Using your hands, roll a teaspoon full of the dough into balls. Then place the dough balls 3cm apart on the baking paper. Use a fork dusted in icing sugar to press gently onto the balls to flatten them.

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5. Place the trays in the oven, swapping the trays halfway through cooking, for around 15 minutes or until the cookies are just cooked through. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.

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Orange Buttercream Filling
1. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sifted icing sugar until light and fluffy.

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2. Add in the orange zest, orange juice and salt to the butter mixture and beat until combined. Note: If the mixture feels a bit too soft, add extra icing sugar.

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3. Pipe the buttercream onto one side half of the cookies and then sandwich together. Note: If you prefer the cookie filling to have a firmer texture, place into the fridge to harden slightly.

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A twist on the traditional Lemon Melting Moments (Yo-yos). A perfect replacement for the usual Gingerbread cookies around Christmas time, but a delicious departure from the norm all year round.
Servings Prep Time
20Cookies 15Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25Minutes 40Minutes
Servings Prep Time
20Cookies 15Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25Minutes 40Minutes
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A twist on the traditional Lemon Melting Moments (Yo-yos). A perfect replacement for the usual Gingerbread cookies around Christmas time, but a delicious departure from the norm all year round.
Servings Prep Time
20Cookies 15Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25Minutes 40Minutes
Servings Prep Time
20Cookies 15Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25Minutes 40Minutes
Ingredients
Ginger Cookies
  • 260g Unsalted ButterSoftened
  • 230g Plain Flour
  • 90g Icing SugarPlus Extra
  • 100g Custard Powder
  • 1 1/8tsp Mixed Spice
  • 2 1/4tsp Ground Ginger
Orange Buttercream Filling
  • 60g Unsalted ButterSoftened
  • 100g Icing Sugar
  • 2 1/2tsp Orange ZestFinely Chopped
  • 1 1/2tbsp Orange JuiceSieved
  • 1/8tsp Unsalted Butter
Servings: Cookies
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Instructions
Ginger Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C and line 2 oven trays with baking paper.
  1. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Add in the sifted plain flour, icing sugar, custard sugar, mixed spice and ground ginger to the butter and stir to combine.
  3. Using your hands, roll a teaspoon full of the dough into balls. Then place the dough balls 3cm apart on the baking paper. Use a fork dusted in icing sugar to press gently onto the balls to flatten them.
  4. Place the trays in the oven, swapping the trays halfway through cooking, for around 15 minutes or until the cookies are just cooked through. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
Orange Buttercream Filling
  1. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sifted icing sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add in the orange zest, orange juice and salt to the butter mixture and beat until combined. Note: If the mixture feels a bit too soft, add extra icing sugar.
  3. Pipe the buttercream onto one side half of the cookies and then sandwich together. Note: If you prefer the cookie filling to have a firmer texture, place into the fridge to harden slightly.
Recipe Notes

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  • The filling is quite soft so if you prefer a harder texture and don't want to chill the cookies after it has been piped on add more icing sugar.
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These Almond Cookies are quite light that melt ever so slightly in your mouth. I’ve added in toasted almonds for that added little crunch inside which works a treat. It’s very easy to make and great for Chinese New Year but of course who wouldn’t want this all year round.

Almond Cookies (adapted from With love, from Little Nyonya by Baba Philip Chia)
Makes: 50 cookies
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients
100g icing sugar
250g plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
50g ground almond
1/4 tsp salt
150ml vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
50g slivered almonds

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Method
1. Preheat oven at 175°C.

2. Place the slivered almonds onto a lined baking tray and bake for a 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly golden in colour and allow to cool.

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3. Chop the slivered almonds into small pieces and set aside.

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4. In a large bowl, sift in the icing sugar, plain flour, baking soda, baking powder, ground almonds and salt and mix together.

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5. Add in the vegetable oil and vanilla essence to the dry mix and mix well until it is mostly all combined.

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6. Mix in the chopped almonds until just combined.

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7. Either roll out the dough and use cookie cutters or just use your hands/food gloves and take a tablespoon sized piece of dough and roll into a ball. Place onto a lined baking tray and flatten it gently.

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8. Bake in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until the bottom of the cookies are slightly golden and cooked through.

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These Chinese New Year favourites are great light and crisp-crunchy cookies, with a lovely almond smell and flavour to it!
Servings Prep Time
50cookies 10minutes
Cook Time
25minutes
Servings Prep Time
50cookies 10minutes
Cook Time
25minutes
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These Chinese New Year favourites are great light and crisp-crunchy cookies, with a lovely almond smell and flavour to it!
Servings Prep Time
50cookies 10minutes
Cook Time
25minutes
Servings Prep Time
50cookies 10minutes
Cook Time
25minutes
Ingredients
  • 100g Icing Sugar
  • 250g Plain Flour
  • 1tsp Baking Soda
  • 1tsp Baking Powder
  • 50g Ground Almond
  • 1/4tsp Salt
  • 150ml Vegetable Oil
  • 1tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 50g Slivered Almonds
Servings: cookies
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven at 175°C.
  2. Place the slivered almonds onto a lined baking tray and bake for a 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly golden in colour and allow to cool.
  3. Chop the slivered almonds into small pieces and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, sift in the icing sugar, plain flour, baking soda, baking powder, ground almonds and salt and mix together.
  5. Add in the vegetable oil and vanilla essence to the dry mix and mix well until it is mostly all combined.
  6. Mix in the chopped almonds until just combined.
  7. Either roll out the dough and use cookie cutters or just use your hands/food gloves and take a tablespoon sized piece of dough and roll into a ball. Place onto a lined baking tray and flatten it gently.
  8. Bake in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until the bottom of the cookies are slightly golden and cooked through.
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  • The slivered almonds are optional but I love a bit of toasted chopped almonds in cookies
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When Chinese New Year comes along, it’s always the delight of receiving red packets and eating copious amounts of food and snacks. One of my favourite snacks is the melt-in-your-mouth Peanut Cookies and honestly it’s difficult to just stop at one. It’s also very easy to make with very few ingredients. I found a fantastic recipe by Alan Ooi in his book In Love With Cookies, which I do recommend taking a look at his book because there is a great number of yummy cookie recipes in there to try.

Peanut Cookies (by Alan Ooi)
Makes: 120 cookies
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients
450g peanuts
230g peanut oil
250g caster sugar
1/2 tsp salt
450g plain flour

Glazing
2 egg yolks

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Method
1. Preheat oven to 165°C.

2. In a blender, grind the peanuts into a powder. Being careful not to over grind as it will turn into a soft paste.

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3. Place all the ingredients into a blender. Blend until well combined.

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4. Divide the dough into small round pieces. Arrange in a baking tray and brush a layer of egg yolk on top of the cookies.

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5. Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until light golden brown.

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A favourite for Chinese New Year celebrations that you can have all year round now. Lovely peanut flavour and when you bite into it, just melts away.
Servings Prep Time
120cookies 10minutes
Cook Time
40minutes
Servings Prep Time
120cookies 10minutes
Cook Time
40minutes
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A favourite for Chinese New Year celebrations that you can have all year round now. Lovely peanut flavour and when you bite into it, just melts away.
Servings Prep Time
120cookies 10minutes
Cook Time
40minutes
Servings Prep Time
120cookies 10minutes
Cook Time
40minutes
Ingredients
  • 450g Peanuts
  • 230g Peanut Oil
  • 250g Caster Sugar
  • 1/2tsp Salt
  • 450g Plain Flour
Glazing
  • 2 Egg Yolks
Servings: cookies
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 165°C.
  2. In a blender, grind the peanuts into a powder. Being careful not to over grind as it will turn into a soft paste.
  3. Place all the ingredients into a blender. Blend until well combined.
  4. Divide the dough into small round pieces. Arrange in a baking tray and brush a layer of egg yolk on top of the cookies.
  5. Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until light golden brown.
Recipe Notes

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  • You can also add a peanut on top of each cookie before baking for extra bite and decoration.
  • If you find the dough quite soft, just leave it for 10 to 30 minutes until it firms up a bit.
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One weekend, I was in a black sesame mood and went through a number of black sesame recipes. I found this recipe from WendyinKK and it these came out amazingly well. Bold black sesame flavour, light and slight buttery texture of shortbread. Shared these among friends and family and had great feedback too!

Black Sesame Cookies (By WendyinKK)
Makes: 75 cookies
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients
100g salted butter, softened
60g icing sugar, sifted
120g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out dough
50g black sesame powder
black and white sesame seeds for decoration

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Method
1. Preheat oven to 170°C.

2. In a mixer, whisk butter and sifted icing sugar until light and fluffy.

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3. Sift in the plain flour and black sesame powder and mix until combined.

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4. Leave the mixture for 15 minutes.

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5. Roll out the dough to desired thickness and use a cookie cutter to cut out the cookies and sprinkle sesame seeds on top. Place onto a lined baking tray.

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6. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until edges are just slightly browned. Leave to cool.

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These cookies have amazing black sesame flavour, not too sweet and are so light and crisp.
Servings Prep Time
75cookies 5minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25minutes 15minutes
Servings Prep Time
75cookies 5minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25minutes 15minutes
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These cookies have amazing black sesame flavour, not too sweet and are so light and crisp.
Servings Prep Time
75cookies 5minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25minutes 15minutes
Servings Prep Time
75cookies 5minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25minutes 15minutes
Ingredients
  • 100g Salted ButterSoftened
  • 60g Icing SugarSifted
  • 120g Plain Flour
  • Extra Plain FlourFor rolling out dough
  • 50g Black Sesame Powder
  • Black & White Sesame SeedsFor decoration
Servings: cookies
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 170°C.
  2. In a mixer, whisk butter and sifted icing sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Sift in the plain flour and black sesame powder and mix until combined.
  4. Leave the mixture for 15 minutes.
  5. Roll out the dough to desired thickness and use a cookie cutter to cut out the cookies and sprinkle sesame seeds on top. Place onto a lined baking tray.
  6. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until edges are just slightly browned. Leave to cool.
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  • If you can't find black sesame powder, you can grind your own black sesames. Toast the sesame seeds on low heat until fragrant and leave to cool before placing in a food processor.
  • If you don't have salted butter, you can substitute with just less than 1/8 tsp of salt and the same amount of unsalted butter.
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I found this interesting cookie recipe from The Kitchn which I had never come across before. Searching around, these cookies are usually made with Hershey’s Kisses instead of making your own chocolates but if you know me, I like to try and make most of everything from scratch at least once. I like the softness of the cookies but the chocolate coffee truffle with peanut butter is an unusual pairing to me. If you’re not a big fan of coffee, you can just leave the Kahlua and coffee out.

Peanut Butter & Coffee Truffle Blossoms (The Kitchn)
Makes: 48 small cookies
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Passive Time: 2 hours

Ingredients
Coffee Truffles
1/2 cup double cream
280g dark chocolate chips
2 tbsp Kahlua liqueur (30ml)
1 1/2tsp coffee powder

Peanut Butter Cookies
240g plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
110g unsalted butter, softened
220g peanut butter, creamy
50g caster sugar
50g brown sugar
1 egg, large
2 tbsp milk (30ml)
1 tsp vanilla extract

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Method
Coffee Truffles
1. Place the chocolate chips, cream, Kahlua and coffee powder into a heat proof bowl. Then, pour some water into a small saucespan,  making sure the bottom of the heat proof bowl won’t touch the water. Heat the water on medium-high heat until simmering. Reduce the heat to medium-low and place the bowl onto the saucepan. Continually mix.

Note: Alternatively, you can just heat the cream over medium heat until simmering and pour over the chocolate, Kahlua and coffee and whisk until smooth. This should reduce the cooling time to around 10 to 15 minutes for the truffles. You may also find it easier to chop up the chocolate into smaller pieces so it can melt more quickly.

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2. Once all the ingredients have been combined, take off the heat and allow to cool and the chocolate mixture is glossy and just pipe-able. This may take around 40 mins to 1 hour.

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3. Place a baking sheet onto the table and then spoon the chocolate mix into a piping bag with a large round tip. Gently squeeze out and once there is a small chocolate drop, lift the piping bag up, leaving a small tail on the top. Allow the truffles to sit at room temperature until set for around 1 to 2 hours.

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Peanut Butter Cookies
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. In a small bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, and salt and set aside.

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2. Beat the butter and peanut butter until blended.

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3. Add in the brown and caster sugar to the butter mix and continue to beat until light and fluffy.

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4. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla and beat until thoroughly mixed.

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5. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix on low speed until just combined.

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6. Line a baking tray with baking paper and then shape the dough into balls. Press down gently in the middle to create a small indent into the dough.

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7. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes or until slightly golden in colour.

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8. Take out from the oven and immediately take a chocolate truffle and place into the indent in the cookie. Allow the cookies to cool completely.

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These cookies are soft and peanutty with a subtle coffee flavour from the chocolate truffles.
Servings Prep Time
48cookies 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45minutes 2hours
Servings Prep Time
48cookies 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45minutes 2hours
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These cookies are soft and peanutty with a subtle coffee flavour from the chocolate truffles.
Servings Prep Time
48cookies 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45minutes 2hours
Servings Prep Time
48cookies 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45minutes 2hours
Ingredients
Coffee Truffles
  • 1/2cup Double Cream
  • 280g Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 2tbsp Kahlua Liqueur
  • 1 1/2tsp Coffee Powder
Peanut Butter Cookies
  • 240g Plain Flour
  • 1tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2tsp Salt
  • 110g Unsalted ButterSoftened
  • 220g Peanut ButterCreamy
  • 50g Caster Sugar
  • 50g Brown Sugar
  • 1 eggLarge
  • 2tbsp Milk
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract
Servings: cookies
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Instructions
Coffee Truffles
  1. Place the chocolate chips, cream, Kahlua and coffee powder into a heat proof bowl. Then, pour some water into a small saucespan, making sure the bottom of the heat proof bowl won't touch the water. Heat the water on medium-high heat until simmering. Reduce the heat to medium-low and place the bowl onto the saucepan. Continually mix. Note: Alternatively, you can just heat the cream over medium heat until simmering and pour over the chocolate, Kahlua and coffee and whisk until smooth. This should reduce the cooling time to around 10 to 15 minutes for the truffles. You may also find it easier to chop up the chocolate into smaller pieces so it can melt more quickly.
  1. Once all the ingredients have been combined, take off the heat and allow to cool and the chocolate mixture is glossy and just pipe-able. This may take around 40 mins to 1 hour.
  2. Place a baking sheet onto the table and then spoon the chocolate mix into a piping bag with a large round tip. Gently squeeze out and once there is a small chocolate drop, lift the piping bag up, leaving a small tail on the top. Allow the truffles to sit at room temperature until set for around 1 to 2 hours.
Peanut Butter Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. In a small bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
  2. Beat the butter and peanut butter until blended.
  3. Add in the brown and caster sugar to the butter mix and continue to beat until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla and beat until thoroughly mixed.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix on low speed until just combined.
  6. Line a baking tray with baking paper and then shape the dough into balls. Press down gently in the middle to create a small indent into the dough.
  7. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes or until slightly golden in colour.
  8. Take out from the oven and immediately take a chocolate truffle and place into the indent in the cookie. Allow the cookies to cool completely.
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  • Double boiling the chocolate will increase your cooling time. So another way would be to buy/chop your chocolates into smaller pieces and then just heat the cream over medium heat until simmering and pour over the chocolate, Kahlua and coffee and whisk until smooth. This should reduce the cooling time to around 10 to 15 minutes for the truffles. Or even simpler, you can use Hershey's Kisses instead!
  • Kahlua and coffee powder is optional if you're not a big fan of coffee.
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