Peanut cookies are a popular, traditional Chinese New Year cookie. They are easy to make, temptingly delicious, and they melt in your mouth!

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Chinese New Year Peanut Cookies [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients:

  • 11 1/4-ounces unsalted peanuts
  • 11 1/4-ounces gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1-ounce desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup rice bran oil
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup

To Top:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted peanuts, halved
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Preparation

  1. Add peanuts to a food processor and grind until a smooth paste.
  2. Whisk together all wet ingredients in a bowl.
  3. In a larger bowl, whisk dry ingredients and add the peanut paste. Combine well with a spatula.
  4. Add wet to dry and combine.
  5. Knead the dough with your hands until smooth.
  6. Position the oven rack to the lower third of your oven and preheat fan-forced oven to 320°F.
  7. Using your hands squeeze some dough together and form a small ball.
  8. Place each cookie 1/2-inch apart on baking trays with parchment paper.
  9. Press one halved peanut into the center of each cookie.
  10. Bake for 12 minutes or until the cookies are lightly brown.
  11. Allow cookies to cool on trays for 5-10 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.

Notes

Store in an airtight container.