Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Recipe: Melt-in-the-mouth German cookies (CNY)

I think I've caught the CNY baking bug. During the last week, I've already made 3 different types of CNY cookies for my family. One of them is this melt-in-the-mouth German cookies.


I have no idea why it's called German cookies (if anyone knows, please enlighten me), but one thing for sure is that they are indeed melt-in-the-mouth and delicious. I kept seeing it on my Facebook and blog feed, and after checking out Alice's blog, I went out to buy potato starch to make these cookies. This cookie only needs 4 ingredients (butter, icing sugar, potato starch and plain flour) and it is really easy to make.


After mixing the dough, I was a bit worried that I got my measurements wrong as the dough looked sticky and wet, but if you pinch some with your fingers and roll it and it doesn't stick to your hands, then it's fine. This is another CNY cookie recipe which you can get your kids involved in - my kids love rolling them into balls and then pressing it down with the back of the fork.


We had fun baking these on a rainy evening!


My family, especially my mum likes this a lot since it is not too sweet and tastes buttery. This is a soft-type of cookie, which literally melts when you put it in your mouth.





Melt-in-the-mouth German Cookies
Recipe by Baby Sumo, adapted from here
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 15-17 minutes (per batch)
Makes about 30-40 (depending on the size you make them)

Ingredients
125g butter, softened at room temperature
40g icing sugar, sifted
125g potato starch/flour, sifted
80g plain flour, sifted


1. Preheat oven to 170°C (no fan). Line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper.

2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

3. Add the potato starch and plain flour, and mix to form a soft dough (do not worry if it looks sticky at this point. You should be able to pinch some off with your fingers and roll into a ball).

4. Roll into small balls (about 2-3cm diameter), arrange on the baking tray and press lightly with a fork to flatten and make indentation, dipping the fork in water after each press to prevent the cookie dough from sticking to the fork.



5. Bake in preheated oven for 15-17 mins (15 mins if you're making 2cm ones and 17 mins for 3cm ones) on the upper rack. The cookie will still look white when it comes out of the oven (this is normal). Allow to cool on baking tray and store in a tupperware once cooled.

Note: These cookies taste best after they have been stored for at least 24 hours.






Check out this post for my recipe for cute cashew nut cookies.

I am submitting this post to the Bake-Along event #57: CNY cookies hosted by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours,lena of Frozen Wings and Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids. You can link your post at one of the hosts page.

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46 comments:

  1. I agree these r so yummy! Yours look soooo smooth

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    1. Thanks, my kids must have done a good job rolling them into smooth balls ;)

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  2. Love to see your little chefs working on the cookies. Your kids are lovely!

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    1. Thanks Vivian, it's good to get them involved in the kitchen now and again. :)

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  3. I always love to see your children involve in cooking/baking. It is such a beautiful way to bind families together. Love the cookies

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    1. That is true. And a really good way to spend a rainy evening together :)

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  4. Woooo new year cookies! I haven't had any yet! :P

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    1. I think so far I already ate 3-4 cans of pineapple tarts plus other CNY cookies - gonna be so fat after CNY! :(

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  5. Hi Yen,
    These cookies are so popular! I am really curious now and would love to try this. So many cookies to try and so little time!
    Your little helpers are clearly enjoying themselves!
    Thanks for linking!

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    1. This was really easy to make, and I did not regret choosing this as my mum liked it a lot!

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  6. VERY TASTY COOKIES, GOOD LOOKING HELPERS

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    1. Thanks Margaret, the BEST little helpers:)

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  7. Hmmmmmmmm.... I thought the cookies not baked yet judging by the light color. Must be tender and soft !

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    1. Oh this cookie is naturally white even after baking - but nowadays I see there are versions with added chocolate and green tea too.

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  8. Looks deceptively simple but it must be good! can i have some pretty please? :))))

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    1. I would definitely offer you some if I could :)

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  9. This is a very popular cookie and I like this original colour . Pretty!

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    1. Thank you May! I can understand why its so popular - easy to make and tastes delicious!

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  10. These look similar to a cookie we call melting moments. I don't think I've ever tried German cookies but they look really good :)

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    1. Ah yes, others have said these tasted like melting moments, with similar ingredients too.

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  11. Hi Yen,

    No wonder your cookies look wonderful and taste so yummy because you have two very capable bakers to assist you and your baking.... I only got one... ai ya :p

    Zoe

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    1. Hehe Zoe, make another one so you can have another little helper ;)

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  12. your visitors for CNY are gonna be anxiously hoping that you serve some of these delicious home-baked treats!! :D

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    1. Unfortunately they are none left, cos they're so good and we finished them all! Hehe. Maybe we will make another batch before CNY since it's really easy.

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  13. How lovely to have two cute helpers, I have to do mine alone! I do love these cookies, they are so buttery and yes, melts in the mouth:D

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  14. Hi Yen,
    Lovely cookies! I'm going to make this.
    Yes. How lovely to have 2 cute helpers. I, too have to do it alone.
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  15. Hi Yen.

    I know I know this is definetely fun recipe not only for us but also the kids, right.

    Hahah..I bet the pineapple snowman tart is fun to eat too.

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  16. nice cookies, you have 2 good helpers!

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  17. I tried this too and yes they are good! Your helpers are too adorable :)

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  18. Your pictures are so beautiful and well captured.. The cookies looks cute.. But is it similar to the kuih bangkit?

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    1. Thanks :) Not really same as kuih bangkit, I prefer this as it tastes very buttery.

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  19. i hv yet to try baking these cookies and i like their original colour too, like melting moments..and i think your children must be so happy with their achievements cos they look really wonderful!

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  20. It is my mother's favourite. Your kids can make, so I can make it for my mother. :)

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  21. Hi Yen
    I made this. Just done with the cookies and it's super good!
    You will see in my blog soon.

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  22. Hi... would love to try this ..a bit confuse though reg the flour .. its potato starch/ flour..... its either or or both separate flour ?

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  23. Oooppsss ... sorry .. somehow I totally missed out on the receipe... read it agn ..got it !!! Thank U ! ;)

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  24. Putting potato flour in cookies seems different. I would like to give these a try.

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  25. hihi do you think I can brush a little egg wash onto the cookies?

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    1. You could if you wanted to, though German cookies are meant to look pale. :)

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  26. Hi ... do u think I could prepared the dough 1 day ahead?

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    1. It should be ok, but why not just make it on the day as it only takes 5 mins to prep.

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  27. Thank you! Such an awesome recipe! Made 4 batches today!

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