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Biscuit Samprit / Biskut Ceri / Nyonya Cherry Cookies

By Zoebakeforhappykids @bake4happykids
Biscuit Samprit is my favorite cookies that I used to eat for Chinese New Year.

Back in the days, my grandmother and I didn't bake our own biscuit samprit as we bought ours mainly from a skillful neighbor who sold us tins of these biscuits stored in recycled Milo or Horlicks tins. At that time, my grandmother knows that I really love these cookies. For every Chinese new year, she ordered four large tins of cookies just for me and two for the visitors and the rest of the family. See! It is always the fatty me that get the most attention and priority.

Sadly, my always-loving-me grandmother is gone and there is also no more skillful biscuit samprit baking neighbor to sell me these cookies. Obviously, if I want to eat these cookies now, I have to bake them myself. hmmm...

Thanks to my friend, Joyce (Kitchen Flavours) who shared with us her wonderful biscuit samprit recipe!

Joyce is right... Back in the days when I ate tins and tins of these cookies, these cookies were baked with margarine, particularly Planta margarine or any of the kind that can stored well in room temperature. Now, I'm baking mine with the best quality butter for its beautiful buttery fragrance and lesser trans fat content.

For Little Thumbs Up (Cocoa event), I have also baked chocolate biscuit samprit by adding cocoa powder instead of custard powder and my son reckon that these chocolate biscuit samprit is only of his favorite cookies :)

With the right amount of icing sugar added, these traditional Chinese new year cookies are not too sweet. In fact, just right for us! Plus, the biscuit dough is also easy to handle and so they won't expand like crazy after baking. However due to their stability, both chocolate and custard dough are the firm kinds and I can't use a cookie press to pipe or shape these cookies. To shape, I have to use my thumb to push the dough through a star shaped nozzle and it can be quite painful after too much of pressing... Ouch!!!

Never mind, the pain is gone when I enjoyed these biscuits after baking...


Biscuit Samprit Biskut Ceri Nyonya Cherry Cookies

Biscuit Samprit / Biskut Ceri / Nyonya Cherry Cookies

Biscuit Samprit / Biskut Ceri / Nyonya cherry cookies

Made two kinds of these cookies. One is the traditional with custard powder and another with cocoa powder.

Biscuit Samprit / Biskut Ceri / Nyonya cherry cookies

Instead of margarine, I have used soften butter to bake these cookies.

Biscuit Samprit / Biskut Ceri / Nyonya cherry cookies

Then, mix in these ingredients.

Biscuit Samprit / Biskut Ceri / Nyonya cherry cookies

The chocolate dough is slightly drier than the custard one...

Biscuit Samprit / Biskut Ceri / Nyonya cherry cookies

... but both are firm and can't use a cookie press to pipe or shape them.

Biscuit Samprit / Biskut Ceri / Nyonya cherry cookies

Decorate the cookies with chopped pieces of glaze cherries - This is a must for a classic Biscuit Samprit!

Biscuit Samprit / Biskut Ceri / Nyonya cherry cookies

Our custard biscuit samprit

Biscuit Samprit / Biskut Ceri / Nyonya cherry cookies

Our chocolate biscuit samprit - Notice that this dough is slightly harder to press?

Biscuit Samprit / Biskut Ceri / Nyonya cherry cookies

Buttery and yummy!

Biscuit Samprit / Biskut Ceri / Nyonya cherry cookies

A little drier? Nay! I'm surprise that its texture is as good as the custard one!

Biscuit Samprit / Biskut Ceri / Nyonya cherry cookies

Need more cookies???
Yes, please!


Here's the recipe from Kitchen Flavours
(with my notes and modification in blue)

Makes 32 very small cookies

120g butter, soften (or margarine) - I used butter
75g icing sugar
170g plain flour
20g custard flour (or Dutch processed cocoa powder, preferably Valrhona if you want to bake the chocolate ones)
60g cornflour
1 egg yolk
1/4 tsp rose essence (or vanilla extract) - I used 1/2 tsp vanilla paste
few drops yellow food colouring (optional) - I didn't use that
glazed cherries, roughly chopped to decorate

Cream butter and icing sugar until light and creamy. Add in egg yolk, yellow food colouring (if using), rose essence (or vanilla), and mix till evenly combined. Add in the flours and knead to a soft dough. Do not over-knead.

Using the piping nozzle (plus my thumb), pipe (or press) out the dough on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.

Cut up some glazed cherries to small pieces. Place a small piece of the cut cherries in the center of the piped out cookie, pressing it lightly.

Bake in a preheated oven at 150°C or 150°C fan forced for about 20 mins or 15 mins if you are using fan forced oven, rotating the pans at half-time. Cool in pan for 2-3 mins, remove cookies and cool completely on wire rack.

Store in airtight containers (or recycled Milo or Horlicks tins - so nostalgic!)

Happy Baking

Guess what? I always assume that my grandmother hasn't bake biscuit samprit before and I'm totally wrong!!! Later, I found this nostalgic biscuit samprit cookie press from my box of treasures which I have inherited from my grandmother... How can miss out this item all for the fact that I'm actually the one who is safe keeping these treasures??? Sotong* me!

*Sotong means octopus in Malay language and it has an underlying meaning saying a person does not know what is going on.


Biscuit Samprit / Biskut Ceri / Nyonya cherry cookies

See this!
My grandmother did baked biscuit samprit before...
For some strange reasons, we didn't bake these cookies together.

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