I have been developing my Chinese almond cookies recipe for a while. I ran out of grond almond last week so I tried to replace this with something else that I could find in my pantry. It turned out to be a great success as my family members and friends who tried these cookies all loved the nutty black sesame flavor. I had to clearly state to my kids that those were just rock-shaped cookies and advised them not to put real pebbles or rocks in their mouth. I hope you enjoy these rocks too!
Rock Cookies (Black Sesame Cookies With Peanuts)
100 g all purpose flour
40 g ground black sesame seeds
60 g roasted peanuts, chopped
50 g granulated sugar
¼ tsp salt
40 g unsalted butter, softened
40 g vegetable shortening
15 g egg, large
中筋麵粉 100 克
黑芝麻粉 40 克
炒香花生碎 60 克
糖 50 克
鹽 ¼ 茶匙
軟化牛油 40 克
固體菜油 40 克
全蛋液 15 克)
Combine and sift flour, black sesame powder, salt and sugar into a mixing bowl. Stir in peanut pieces then mix well.
Add butter and vegetable shortening. Rub with fingertips or beat with an electric mixer until mixture resembles bread crumbs. Add egg and mix until a dough forms. Dough should be very soft but not sticky. Add flour a little bit at a time and mix again if you found it too sticky.
Preheat oven to 325ºF/160ºC . Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon mat.
Divide dough into little portions then shape each into a rock. Place cookies on lined baking sheet.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, making sure not to brown the cookies (as browned cookies don’t look like rocks). Either cover the cookies with a piece of aluminum foil or reduce oven temperature if the cookies are browning too fast. Every oven is different so adjust your time accordingly. Turn off oven and let cookies sit in the oven for another 5 to 10 minutes to dry them out while leaving the oven door ajar. Leave oven door closed if using a small oven that loses heat quickly.
Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to ten days.
Recipe adapted from my Chinese almond cookies (unreleased). Makes 40 to 50 rock cookies.
I made them exactly the way as my almond cookies the very first time I created them, with baking powder and egg wash. They tasted great but I wasn’t satisfied with the appearance at all!
These bigger ones were made without baking powder and egg wash. I think the tiny rock ones are cuter.