Chinese New Year treats!!

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CNY treats!!! Yum!

It is Chinese New Year this week and I wanted to make something quick and simple treats to bring into work. Plus nothing to big as I still need to get on the public transport! Chinese new year desserts are quite traditional and the taste is quite strong. I wanted to make something a bit traditional but also a bit western as well! So came up with Christine’s lemon almond cookies, chocolatesuze.com’s melt in your mouth peanut cookies and Lorraine Pascale’s peanut butter squares. My other Chinese colleague brought some white rabbit sweets which taste like milk sweets and some pandan cake.

The treats went down really well!!! I was pleased with them myself! The peanut cookies were so simple to make and I ended up making 2 batches as they were so addictive to eat! They looked traditional and tasted ever so crumbley!! I will blog her recipes once I get the chance! I have made the peanut butter squares previously but the texture was very powdery! This time, it turned out really nice and compact. Maybe I left in them in the fridge all night and made them more set!! My husband kept eating them all so I had to take them into work earlier before he gobbles them all up!!!

Hope all my family and friends have a fab chinese new year and wish them happiness and good health!!!

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Peanut cookies

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Lemon almond cookies

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Peanut butter squares

Sunday Treats! Peanut Butter Squares

Sunday Treats! :)

Sunday Treats! 🙂

The weather is hot and it is Sunday afternoon, I don’t feel like baking but I feel like I need to make something!!! A treat of some sort without using the oven! A couple of weeks on TV, I saw Lorraine Pascale making some ‘Peanut Butter Squares’ and it looked really simple to make with only a few ingredients! I decided to give this recipe a go as I had all the ingredients at home! I used Hobnobs Oaty biscuits instead of digestive biscuits and I used a foil tin tray for this as I couldn’t find my square tin. They were so yummy and it goes well with a nice cup of tea!!! 🙂

Here’s the ingredients:

  • 200g melted chocolate, you can use dark or milk or a combination of both
  • 150g melted butter in a pan
  • 250g digestive biscuits
  • 200g soft light brown sugar
  • 300g crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 x tsp vanilla extract
  • 20cm / 8 inch square tin lined with parchment paper

Method:

  1. Melt the butter in a large pan
  2. Melt the chocolate either in the microwave or in a bowl over simmering water
  3. Blitz the digestive biscuits and brown sugar in a food processor to give fine crumbs. Tip them into the melted butter. Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla extract and mix together so everything is combined
  4. Tip the mixture into the lined square tin and press it down with the back of the spoon. It needs to be really compact and tight. Then pour over the melted chocolate, tilting the tin back and forth until the whole thing is evenly covered
  5. Pop in the freezer for 30 minutes to firm up or in the fridge for an hour
  6. Once the chocolate is set, remove it from the freezer or fridge and lift it out of the tin with the help of the baking parchment. Remove the paper and then use a sharp warm knife and cut into 16 squares. Normally, you can store them in a jar or tin but as the weather is quite hot, I have left them in the fridge! 🙂
All the ingredients!

All the ingredients!

Biscuits and sugar ready for blending!

Biscuits and sugar ready for blending!

All mixed in!

All the ingredients mixed in!

Pressed into the foil tray

Chocolate poured on top ready to set in the fridge!

Chocolate poured on top ready to set in the fridge!