NEW YORK BAKERY STYLE CHINESE COOKIES

Recipe By : Heavenly Recipes

40Minutes

Prep Time

50Minutes

Total Time

4 to 5 Persons

Serving

NEW YORK BAKERY STYLE CHINESE COOKIES

Ingredients

1 1⁄2

cups sugar

1 1⁄2

cups vegetable shortening

1

egg

1

teaspoon vanilla

3 1⁄2

cups cake flour

1 1⁄4

teaspoons baking soda

3⁄4

teaspoon salt

OPTIONAL ADDITIONS

unsweetened cocoa powder (used for making either marble or chocolate cookies and explained below) (optional)

milk (optional)

1

egg, beaten with a bit of water for coating the log (optional)

ground walnuts (optional)

walnut halves (optional)

candy sprinkles (optional)

chocolate star (optional)

walnut halves (optional)

chocolate chips (melted with a small bit of vegetable shortening for piping) (optional)

Directions

    STEP - 1

    In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and shortening. Stir in the egg and vanilla, then beat until light and fluffy.

    STEP - 2

    Combine the cake flour, baking soda and salt. Stir into the creamed mixture until well-blended. The dough will be stiff, so you may need to use your hands to mix depending on the strength of your mixer.

    STEP - 3

    Roll dough into a log about 15 inches long (or 2 narrower logs, about 10-12 inches each). If you find the dough falling apart too much, knead one teaspoon of milk at a time into the dough until it will hold up to shaping.

    STEP - 4

    If desired, you can coat the log with ground nuts or colored or chocolate sprinkles before chilling and slicing. Beat the egg, egg white or yolk with a tablespoon of water, brush over the log, then roll the log in your choice of coating, pressing them in a bit.

    STEP - 5

    Red and green sprinkles mixed together and used to edge the vanilla cookies is really nice around the holidays. Instructions for marble cookies are given below.

    STEP - 6

    Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap or wax paper and refrigerate for about 1/2 hour. If you chill them longer, let the log sit out for a bit before slicing or the dough will be too hard and may crumble.

    STEP - 7

    To bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheets.

    STEP - 8

    Unwrap dough and using a very thin, sharp knife, cut into 1/2 inch slices. This dough is a bit difficult to work with, and may tend to crumble. If it does, let it warm up a bit more before slicing.

    STEP - 9

    Place cookies 1 1/2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. If you prefer, gently adjust the edges of the cookies to make them as close to a circle as possible. Lightly press a chocolate star, walnut half, or any other similar addition in the center of each cookie.

    STEP - 10

    Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until just barely browned around the edges and the middle has set. If making the smaller cookies, bake for 9-12 minutes.

    STEP - 11

    Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

    STEP - 12

    One possible variation is melting some chocolae chips with a small bit of vegetable shortening and then piping a star onto the center of each baked and cooled cookie, then putting them in the refrigerator until the chocolate is set.

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