Red bean cookies are a delicious Chinese treat that is often served at special occasions like weddings and New Year’s. They are made with a sweet red bean paste that is sandwiched between two crispy cookie shells. If you’ve never tried one before, you’re in for a real treat! Here’s how to make your own red bean cookies at home. Hope you enjoy them!
- 100 g cake flour, around 180ml
- 100 g red bean paste
- 50 g unsalted butter, soften at room temperature
- 25 g icing sugar
- 2 drops of vanilla extract
- 1.5 tbsp. whisked egg
- Sesame seeds for decoration
- Extra whisked egg for brushing
- Whisk the soft butter until it is light and white, then add the whisked egg and whisk until well combined.
- Mix in the flour, sugar, and vanilla extract to form a dough. Refrigerate for 1 hour, wrapped in plastic wrap.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (around 360 degrees F)
- Form the dough into a long log before pressing it into a rectangular wrapper. Make a smaller long log of red bean paste and place it in the center of the wrapper.
- Fold the two sides up carefully. Roll the long log several times on the operating board before cutting it into one-bite size small cookies.
- Brush the surface with whisked egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds (optional).
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until well colored!
- Cool down for several minutes and enjoy! Better serve with tea!
- If you use margarine, the cookies will spread out more and thinner and hence, crispier in texture.
1. Allow the crinkle cookies to cool completely before transferring them to an airtight container.
2. You can also put them in a freezer bag and freeze them. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.
1. Roll out the dough into a disc. Wrap tightly in cling wrap and place in a freezer bag.
2. Thaw in the refrigerator before shaping the cookies and coating in granulated sugar, then icing sugar, and baking according to package directions.
FAQs about Red Bean Cookie
What does red bean taste like?
Red beans have an earthy flavor that is naturally sweet. They have a smooth texture that blends well with other ingredients as well. Because of their natural sweetness, they go well with Asian desserts like ice cream or pancakes. When compared to brown beans, red beans taste sweeter.
Why is red bean used in desserts?
The flavor of red beans is earthy but naturally sweet, and the texture is smooth when blended – almost like a sweet potato or yam condensed into a tiny bean form. Red bean has also been used to flavor ice cream, popsicles, and fluffy domes of shaved ice.
Is red bean healthy?
Red beans — including small red beans and dark red kidney beans — are a good source of iron, phosphorus, and potassium. They’re also an excellent low-fat source of protein and dietary fiber. Red beans also contain phytonutrients.
Is red bean naturally sweet?
Because red beans have a naturally sweet flavor, we often use them in desserts. We use red beans, for example, in our bao steam buns (or pau). We can also cook these red beans in sugar with mandarin peels and serve them as sweet red bean soup.
Liliana Kitchen hopes this blog post was helpful in providing some insight into red bean cookies and the different ways you can make them. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced baker, we think you will find something new here to try. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know in the comments below! Thanh you for reading!