Coming to the end of January and it's almost February now. Chinese New Year songs are now playing on the radio and in departmental stores all round Singapore. As a child, I loved this traditional Chinese holiday, as it's that time of the year when I'll receive red packets from all my relatives and get to indulge in all the delicious New Year snacks. Over the years, this has changed. The holiday to me, is really a time of reunion and celebration for familes. With families nowadays getting smaller and more distant, somehow we're more and more dependent on such holidays to bring us together in the spirit of the season.
I've never been very adventurous when it comes to baking Chinese New Year cookies. Cos I have an aunt who bakes them very well and I love to eat the Egg Rolls, Kueh Bahlu and Kueh Bangkit she makes every year. However, as she gets older, she bakes lesser. Hence, I decided to make a few simple treats this year as snacks for relatives and visitors to my place.
First on my agenda is the Double Chocolate Chip Almond Cookies. I took this recipe from Elyn's blog, followed the recipe to the T and true enough, the cookies baked beautifully. These chocolate gems didn't spread much and I love the simple indentations made with the use of a fork. I used all the best ingredients I can find, including Valrhona cocoa powder, Elle & Vire french butter, chopped 68% Valrhona chocolate and Prima flour, and these cookies turned out absolutely delicious. I shared my test batch with some of my friends and they loved them. Looks like I can boldly make more of them for the New Year :).