Friday, December 17, 2010


Pandan leaves or Screwpine leaves

Seriously speaking, my family love pandan jellies very much. However, I have never heard of Pandan Cookies before until I stumbled upon a recipe book which provide various of New Year cookies by Alan Ooi. Thought that I might as well give it a try since my garden has bountiful of pandan leaves which kept growing non-stop. In English, Pandan is called "Screwpine Leaves". Some supermarket and wet market sells them in bunches. Otheriwse, look around your neighbours outside garden and you might be lucky enough to stumble upon these pandan leaves. By the way, you can use pandan essence or squeeze the juice from original pandan leaves if you have them. Just cut 8 pieces of pandan leaves into 3-4 inch length, put them into a juice blender with 3 tablespoon of plain water and blend them. Use a strainer to collect the pandan juice. If you don't like dessicated coconut, leave them out or replace them with oats, crush cornflakes or chocolate chips instead. The original recipe uses dessicated coconut and they taste delicious since I love coconut too. Enjoy !!

I used squeeze out pandan juice so the cookies doesn't look so greenish

( Recipe adapted from New Year Cookies by Alan Ooi )


140g butter
70g icing sugar
1/2 of an egg
1/2 tsp pandan essence or original pandan juice squeezed out
170g plain flour
1 tbsp cornflour
1/4 tsp baking powder


50g dessicated coconut
Some red cherries-diced

Step-by-step method:-

Step 1.

Prepare all the ingredients and preheat the oven at 160C.

Step 2.

Beat butter and sugar in a mixer until fluffy and creamy.

Step 3.

Pour in egg and pandan essence. Beat lightly . Add in flour, cornflour and baking powder. Mix well until it form a soft dough.

Step 4.

Roll the dough into marble size balls. Lightly press the balls and coat them with dessicated coconut. Press a red cherry in the middle of the each cookie.

Step 5.

Put them into lined baking tray. Bake at 160C for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool the cookies before storing them in airtight containers.

Makes approximately 50 pieces


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