Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Checkerboard Cookies 棋盘饼

I have never get my hands trying any checkerboard related bakes like checkerboard cake. The other day saw this checkerboard cookies in an old magazine, immediate decided to try this out since this is a type of cookies quite seldom peoples serve it during CNY.

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After checking through few website still couldn't decide which recipe to try, some of the recipe requires very big quantity and some no recipe..there is a recipe in the magazine as well, but i don't have much confidence to try also. Finally i settled with Minty's Kitchen recipe chocolate almond cookies which requires to add some corn flour rather than just plain flour in other recipes..I use her recipe and modified accordingly where i can have two tone colours. This cookie requires some waiting time, as to firm up the dough for easy handling, so you have find a free day if you wish to try this out ^_^
I never use egg white to bind the dough together as this dough is quite wet, so everything stays together without any problem.

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My kids complaint this cookie tasted not sweet at all, for me the taste is just nice as the taste is in less sweet side. If you would like to try out this recipe, i would suggest you to increase a bit of the sugar amount and reduce a bit of the corn flour and increase plain flour because my husband said it taste a bit floury..(these were the comments from my kids and hubby, personally i like this cookie a lot, not overly sweet, nice chocolate aroma, slight crunch and fine crumbs, my kind of cookies ^_^ )..


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Checkerboard Cookies
(recipe source: recipe modified from Minty’s kitchen, by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover)

250g butter, room temperature
IMG_6582 copy 125g icing sugar
270g cake flour
100g corn flour
1 egg (large)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

30g cake flour
15g cocoa powder ( I use Vorlhona cocoa powder )

Method
1. Cream butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy.
2. Beat in egg and vanilla extract.
3. Sift together flour and corn flour. Fold into the butter mixture and combine to form into a dough.
4. Divide the dough into two portions, add one portion with 30g cake flour, combine to form a dough. Add 15g cocoa powder into another portion and combine to form a dough
5. Flatten the dough and cover with cling wrap and chill dough in the freezer for 30mins until it is firm enough to work with.
6. Roll out plain and chocolate dough into rectangular of equal size, to 1cm thickness.
7. Place plain dough on top of chocolate dough and divide into equal size. Stack them together, cover with chill in the freezer until firm.
8. Measure 1cm and cut lengthwise into strips. Stack 3 strips to form a checkerboard pattern. Chill in the freezer until firm.
9. Cut crosswise into 6mm thick pieces, and place on sheet pans lined with baking paper.
10. Bake at 160C (fan forced) for about 18-20mins.
11. Cool the cookies on a wire rack and store them in an air-tight container.


** you may watch this video for the shaping instruction


I am submitting this post to Chinese New Year Delights 2013 hosted by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover

40 comments:

Mel said...

Very beautifully done the checkerboard cookies!

Phong Hong said...

Very nice leh! Must be taking a lot of time to do this, myself got no patience so I will just admire yours :)

小雨伞 (Anna) said...

WOW wow~ very nice ler
早餐吃饱了,还可不可假假装饿讨个几片来吃?哈哈哈

Aunty Young(安迪漾) said...

Salute for your patient to bake such a wonderful checkerboard cookies!
Very nice indeed ! Thumb up!

Esther Lau said...

I remember that my Ah Mah used to bake checkerboard cake during CNY and she baked them perfectly. However, no chances to learn from her anymore :(
Anyway, your checkboard cookies looks pretty !!!

Uma Ramanujam said...

These are in my to-do list for long time. Looks super good.

Baby Sumo said...

Sonia, where do u get your Varlhona chocolate? I try to find around my area, but cannot find.

Yan said...

You did a very successful checker board design. Your kids and your husband are indeed a very good food testers for your bake. I love hearing feedback from my family, but they seldom reveal buch.

鲸鱼蓝蓝蓝 said...

这个很花功夫哟
你做得真好:)

Janine said...

your checkerboard looks really good - mine always turns out very bad, I suspect it is because my palms are always too warm and they cause the dough to 'melt' very quickly :/

Jessie-CookingMoments said...

110% effort to make these cookies! Yes, it has been in my list for a long......time, I was so optimistic that I wanted to make a few colours, hahaha! Wish that I will have chance to try this one day.

J.O said...

本来有打算做类似的饼干
不过家里的杂物实在收拾到没空
来你家看看好了:P

Crystal Loh said...

Sonia有双巧手。棋盘饼好整齐漂亮。。
是的,顺便等侍会再给你联络知道那红纸。

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Yen, i got this cocoa powder in Penang, i couldn't find it here too..

Li Shuan said...

这个饼干我也看中了但是很懒惰做。我在Bali买到那个checkerboard cake 的模但是买了没有做过一次哈哈! 看了你的,我又去看我的模了,真的,ka chang 很会买,就是不会做。
这个饼干我喜欢,这样打格格很有格调。

yvonne said...

It must have taken a lot of effort to make this beautiful checkerboard cookies, Sonia :D

Love to taste one, hihi~

Somewhere in Singapore said...

Very nice...

Mich Piece of Cake said...

Sonia, it takes great skill to make this cookie. It looks perfect!

Simple Person said...

this is very nice..

zila norazila said...

hi sonia..yupp vry beautiful..snd to me 1 jar..ha hahaa happy new year dear..

Ann@Anncoo Journal said...

Very pretty cookies. I was thinking to make this too.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Pretty! I like my cookies not too sweet and not too oily but with fine crumbs too. :)) I did this checker board cookies before when I was in States...perhaps I should try it again. :))

Siew said...

beautiful beautiful ! very nice to see and I'm sure nice to eat!! :)

Cass @ 揾到食 said...

Wow...very beautiful cookies. Neat and tidy :)

Vivian Pang said...

Definitetly a nice looking cookies!

Karen said...

wow... very nice cookies ...:)

divya said...

Looks delicious n awesome.

Chef and Sommelier said...

Hi Sonia! Besides the taste, the challenge of making this is to align the 2 different colour dough to get the perfect checker design... especially when you are cutting them into slices... good job!

Caca said...

this cookies is very time consuming and requires skills. Bravo! you did it well

Ah Tee said...

Check Mate!!!!
It's really cute indeed, must be nice to hold, nice to eat too!!

gear khk said...

enak banget makanannya

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Looks difficult to make, yet you do it so fearlessly and gracefully... :D I love how they turn out. Beautiful!

Anne Regalado said...

Sonia ,your checkerboard cookies look pretty yummy ! There's this checkerboard cookie recipe at Baking Illustrated book that I'm planning to make but haven't got around in making it yet :P

mui mui said...

Sonia,
Checkerboard cookies looks so delish and neatly done.
I was thinking of making this too. Do you think make 4 checker square will look nice too? I think yours is a bit challenging for me 9 squares..heehee
mui

Kit @ i-lostinausten said...

WOW! These checkerboard cookies looks so PERFECT & tasty! I've always wanted to make these cookies but don't dare! LOL Bookmarking this recipe & try it out when I've the courage! :D

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