Easy Peanut Cookies

Easy Peanut Cookies

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The best peanut cookies with a melt-in-the-mouth texture! This family recipe using 5 ingredients is super quick, eggless, butterless and vegan friendly. Bake the most delicious peanut cookies using the tips here on how to prevent the cookies from being dry and tasteless.

Preparation 30 mins
Cooking 25 mins

Dessert, Snack

Biskut kacang tanah, 花生饼干, Kue kacang

Singaporean, Malaysian

Nutrition per Serving

61 kcal
4 g
4 g
1 g

The best peanut cookies has to be tasty and easy to make. This traditional family recipe delivers exactly such as it uses roasted peanuts instead of peanut butter. Highly praised for its melt-in-the-mouth feel at every bite, these cookies have a fragrant nutty taste. You can find them all over Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore during local festivities like Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Hari Raya.

Where to get roasted peanut powder?

It is sold in powdered form or you can make it yourself.

1. Buying peanut powder

In the region, peanut powder is sold at stores selling baking necessities. It is sold in several grind sizes. Get those which are finely grounded. In the photo below, you can see the texture of the peanut powder I used.

Mixing all dry ingredients
Mixing all dry ingredients

2. Homemade peanut powder

Otherwise, you can make peanut powder by blending roasted peanuts without the skin. When using unroasted peanuts (usually found at Asian grocers or health stores), bake them in the oven at 175 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes or until they begin browning. Allow them to cool before using the food processor to blend them.

Can I use peanut flour?

No, peanut flour or powdered peanut butter are both too fine to be used for this cookie recipe. Moreover, powdered peanut powder has sugar added to it. Substituting peanut powder with these ingredients will affect the texture of the cookies.

Gluten-free flour

Replacing all-purpose flour with rice flour or starches will change the texture of the cookies. However, if you have access to store bought gluten free all purpose flour mix, it could be a good replacement.

Peanut oil is highly recommended

Making the most fragrant peanut cookies requires the use of 100% peanut oil. This helps to elevate the flavour of the cookies. As a substitute, you may use other types of colourless and plain vegetable oil so that it will not affect the taste of the cookies.

Why do the cookies crack?

The cookie dough should not crack while being shaped. If it does, it means the dough is too dry. Add a bit of oil if that happens.

Baked peanut cookies usually have slight cracks on its surface as shown in the photo below. They are perfectly perfect with those lines. For a smooth surface, reduce the temperature of the oven by 10 to 20 degrees Celsius and bake them for a longer time.

Slight cracks
Slight cracks

How to shape peanut cookies?

It is possible to use the good ol' cookie cutter. Classic peanut cookies are always shaped into little balls but sometimes flattened with a simple round indentation. This is the shape which I have decided to make here.

3 steps to shaping cookies
3 steps to shaping cookies

A simple egg wash recipe

Prepare a simple egg wash recipe by combining 1 egg yolk, 15 grams of water and 1⁄8 tsp of salt. Salt helps to make the egg wash more fluid to ease brushing. You may also use leftover egg white from other recipes if you happen to be baking other cookies at the same time.

Can I use caster sugar or brown sugar?

These peanut cookies are made without brown sugar or caster sugar. It is not recommended to use any of these sugar as the grains are rather big compared to powdered sugar. Thus, unmelted sugar grains may end up in the cookies.

Vegan friendly

This is a traditional recipe that uses neither egg nor butter. While egg wash is commonly brushed onto the cookies, you can opt not to do so.

Long lasting peanut cookies

Allow the cookies to completely cool down before storing them in a clean air-tight container. They can last up to a month without any change in flavour and freshness.


250 g
roasted peanut powder
160 g
all-purpose flour
2 g
70 g
sugar (powdered)
120 g
peanut oil

Steps to Prepare

Easy Peanut Cookies Step 1

Step 1 of 2

    • 250 g roasted peanut powder
    • 160 g all-purpose flour
    • 2 g salt
    • 70 g sugar (powdered)
    • 120 g peanut oil

In a mixing bowl, add roasted peanut powder, powdered sugar, salt, and all-purpose flour to mix well. Then, pour in the peanut oil and mix well to form a dough.

Easy Peanut Cookies Step 2

Step 2 of 2

Pre-heat oven at 160 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, divide the dough into little balls or any shape of your choice. Optionally, brush some egg wash on each cookie before baking. Bake for 25 minutes. The top and bottom of the cookies will brown once ready.

Published: January 23, 2021

4 Discussions

3 months ago

Graeme chow

I finally redo and I am satisfied with the taste and result although some cracks Thank you karin and Grace!

3 months ago


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3 months ago

Graeme chow

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

Graeme chow

I follow the tips but add 1/2 tsp of baking powder but some how my result the cookie turn soft even after cooling despite heat up more then usual. I realised when I blend the peanut after roasting using wok. it is already abit oily wet . It is due too fine blending peanut itself the oil extracted out. the balance I tried to add more flour to it, the result was the same. I roasted the peanut as I don't like the premade from shop as it was not fresh.

4 months ago

Karin Yap

Hey there Graeme! Thanks for sharing and also for trying out the recipe! my guess would probably be the addition of baking powder? because this recipe does not have any liquid or eggs so the addition of baking powder might just incorporate extra lightness to the cookie after baking when its already brittle on its own. maybe you could just omit the baking powder? this would be my take and hope it helps :)

4 months ago


I think not over blending the peanuts will help too. I may reduce the amount of peanut oil if the blended peanuts are already oily instead of adding more flour.

4 months ago

Graeme chow

Thanks you for the replies, Grace and karin. I take note of my steps and will try again. Yes it look lightness when bite as karin said.

4 months ago

Mark Wong

I normally like to roast and blend the peanuts so I have a combination of fine powdered peanuts and some granulated peanut bits in my cookies - just for the added texture.

4 months ago

Karin Yap

Hey Mark! Sounds great toooooo! Thanks for sharing! :)

4 months ago

Max Lang

Nice and easy recipe🌞. In your step one you stated to add all ingredients into mixing bowl and you mentioned add flour and all purpose flour. Which flour are you referring? Thanks

4 months ago


That was a typo. Sorry! You only need one type of flour here.

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