Do you like Chinese New Year cookies? I find it hard to resist them and honestly, there are just so many different kinds to try each year. The only thing is that they only sell these cookies by the jar. It often seems too many for my little family as we hardly entertain during Chinese New Year. At the moment, we tend do be the ones visiting rather than the ones hosting. So I try not to stock up on cookies. But I would love to have a few at home for the kids to try (wink wink).Now my mum-in-law has a lovely baking tradition that she carries on with some friends every chinese new year. All of them bake a few jars of a certain selected cookie (normally the one that they are best known for) and then they swap jars with one another. I love the idea of a cookie swap and was thinking that a smaller scale cookie swap might be an interesting idea. Perhaps even with store-bought cookies.
So I thought I would share this idea with you. It might be something that you do with colleagues or friends or neighbours.
1. Invite a few friends to join in the cookie swap. and ask them to let you know what cookie they would like to contribute. This is to avoid duplicates.
2. Purchase cookie liners (cup cake cases) (preferably the kind that you see pictured as they open up slightly and are less restrictive).
3. On the day of the cookie swap, distribute cookie liners so everyone can help to dish out the cookies.
4. Finally, simply exchange the cookies so everyone goes home with a lovely assortment of chinese new year cookies.
Which is your favourite chinese new year cookie? I find it hard saying no to a pineapple tart or kueh bangkit.