Ang pows aside, one of the best things about Chinese New Year is undoubtedly the cookies, snacks and every other goodies! In the West, Thanksgiving and Christmas are occasions to feast. But for us Malaysians who celebrate it, Chinese New Year is our equivalent of that.
Whether you're looking for the best pineapple tarts, some delectable almond cookies, or freshly baked peanut cookies that'll melt in your mouth, behold, we've listed your favourite CNY cookies that are a must-have in your home, now easily available online!
Shrimp rolls are small, yet flavourful spring rolls that are super easy to pop into your mouth one after another. It has been said that this snack was intended to bring to mind the image of gold bars, representing good fortune and wealth. So go ahead and knock yourself out with some edible prosperity!
This one has been filled with fried, scrumptious sambal that just goes so well with its crispy, savoury exterior. It's surely one that's hard to stop eating!
Indicative of the fire-breathing animal, these dragon cookies make an appearance every year even when it is not the year of the dragon – and for a good reason! 100% homemade, these cookies are so good that you’ll be sure to come back for more. Its popular appeal is certainly how it feels upon tastes - it melts!
Bonus: Anyone can enjoy these buttery cookies as they are Halal!
A traditional glutinous rice cake, Nian Gao directly translates to 'year cake' and is sometimes known as Chinese New Year Cake. Despite its very simple ingredient list of almond, brown sugar and rice flour, the Nian Gao is said to taste like dates and almond, vanilla sticky cakes. It's easy to enjoy Nian Gao as this sweet delicacy is used in several recipes so that you can welcome a sweeter year. What’s your favourite?
Always a classic, these brown sugar tapioca cookies are to die for as they melt in your mouth. While they are addictive, they are interestingly also available in a variety of shapes today. And every shape has a unique symbolism!
If there's a mascot for CNY cookies, Pineapple rolls should take the 1st prize! They are not only a favourite among aunties and uncles during Chinese New Year but also those who'd love a sweet treat that's softened by a touch of savoury. There’s just something about the sweet, tangy flavour of pineapple jam and the buttery pastry together that makes it so scrumptious.
Let the pineapple rolls vs. pineapple tart debate begin! Pineapple tarts typically have more jam and more crumbly pastry surrounding it compared to pineapple rolls. So take your pick! But either way, pineapple is known as 'ong lai' in Hokkien, and this means "prosperity has come". We hope that by eating pineapple biscuits, prosperity will truly come to you.
Love letters, or kuih kapit as it is commonly known in Malaysia, is made of egg batter and cooked on a charcoal stove to create a super thin and crispy wafer. These kuih kapit are so light and flaky, you won’t be able to get enough of them. As they are also known as love letters and were a traditional method of communication between lovers in the olden times, be sure to get your lover some too!
Similar to jerky, Bak Kwa is marinated pork, chicken or beef pressed into thin layers before being barbecued. This fragrant meat jerky has a mouth-watering mixture of both sweet and savoury flavours infused into it.
These crunchy cookies in the shape of a honeycomb are known by a number of names, Beehive or Honeycomb Cookies, Kuih Loyang or Kuih Ros. Intricately crafted, these biscuits are crunchy and delicious, earning them a spot as a crowd favourite.
Sure, fried crab sticks are unhealthy but Chinese New Year only comes once a year, so make sure you get your fill while you can! These are a must for your CNY cookie table as they can be found abundant into big jars for the whole family to enjoy!
We hope you didn’t look at this and expect curry puffs! These puffs are not filled with curry. Instead, they are filled with roasted peanuts and sesame to symbolise an auspicious meaning of a full wallet.
The Almond London is an indulgent and irresistible Chinese New Year cookie that sometimes contains an actual almond in it. An almond cookie covered with a generous amount of chocolate, what’s not to love?
This light and crispy snack are just one of those you see popping up everywhere as the festive season approaches. Made with real seaweed and no preservatives, it is definitely one of the healthier snacks available.
We’re all nuts about peanuts! In Cantonese, peanuts are known as ‘fah sung’ which literally translates into ‘flower (blooming) life’. This signifies long life and growing prosperity. A popular favourite among lots of people, these peanut cookies are packed full of the flavour of roasted peanuts – as full as we hope your life is.
Buttery cashew nut cookies that melt in your mouth? Yes please! These perfectly-baked golden brown treats are nutty flavoured and perfect for afternoon tea even if you aren’t looking to eat them exclusively during Chinese New Year.
Move over regular chips! This Chinese New Year, add some gold to your life with these yummy salted egg chips! Coated in creamy salted egg, curry leaves and chilli padi, this highly-addictive combination is creamy, sweet, salty, spicy and crunchy all in one. So good, you'll be coming back for more for sure.
Strictly speaking, this candy isn’t a CNY cookie, but we love it all the same and it’s a childhood favourite among many Malaysians out there. So, indulge in some White Rabbit Candy this Chinese New Year!
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