There is a funny story on this cookies cookbook that I want to share with you. Before I moved to Australia, I went for a cookbooks shopping trip to buy some Chinese version cookbooks from Popular bookshop, that day my son was with me. He picked up this book on 每天都是饼干日。175 人气手工饼干的创意魔法。安星美著。（Everyday is a cookies day, 175 creative magic cookies) and told me this is his book! He wants it! ....OMG! The cookies pictures are too tempting! Initially, I thought he will forget about the book after spending time browsing around the bookshop but I was wrong! He insisted and we have to buy the book ...story didn't end here, he wants the book to be ON his bookshelves and not on mine one :(
Every time when I look at this book, I'll remember this story and really this is the energy to keep us going and this is the magic for us to be creative everyday. I didn't use ruler to measure and cut out the cookies as neat as in the book, but who care? Using bare hands and with a knife work the same wonder!
Cranberry Almond Sticks, a recipe which I strongly recommend for your little one, is crunchy, is flavourful and is healthy.
Recipe from 每天都是饼干日。175 人气手工饼干的创意魔法。安星美著 p.115
110g cake flour
30g almond meal
60g fine sugar
60g unsalted butter
3g vanilla essence
30g almond flakes
1.Bake the almond flakes in oven at 150C for 10 mins. Chop the cranberries into rough pieces.
2. Using hand whisk, cream the soften butter, then add in sugar and salt. Whisk until creamy.
3. Add egg in two batches, mix well then add vanilla essence.
4. Sieve in flour and almond meal, mix well to form a dough.
5. Add in cranberries and baked almond flakes, mix well.
6. Roll the dough between the cling wrap into a thin rectangle, with some thickness. Place the dough into freeze for about 1 hour to make it harden a bit and more workable.
7. Use knife to cut out the shape of the cookies. Place the cut cookies dough on to baking paper, and bake at 175C for 12 mins.