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Chinese New Year Delight: Sugee Cookies

Sugee Cookies

Cherry cap cookies or more commonly known as sugee cookies is another one of my favorite Chinese New Year must-have cookie (besides Dragon Cookies of course) because I love the sweetness of the cookie and the crunchiness of semolina/sugee.

Why is it called cherry cap cookies? Don’t you think this cookie looks like a cap with a cherry on top? Actually it’s a name concocted by my grandma.

I’m sharing with you my grandma’s sugee cookies recipe. It’s been a few years since I last make them. I miss it so much. Yum-yum!

Recipe was updated on 24th Jan 2016.

2 cups of plain flour or 220g, sifted
1 cup of sugee (semolina) or 146g, sifted
3/4 cup of castor sugar or 148g, fine type
150g of ghee or 5 heaped tablespoons (I use QBB brand)
Few pieces of glazed cherry, diced (red, green, etc)

You will also need a toothpaste cap as a mold.

1. Combine flour, sugee and sugar in a mixing bowl. Mix well.

Semolina - Sugee
Sifting semolina/sugee.

2. Add ghee into the mixing bowl. Mix well until the ghee cover every specks of flour, sugee and sugar. In my case, I use my hand to mix them.

Beautiful golden ghee!

3. Take a pinch of the paste and roll it to a small ball. I made mine 9g each.

4. Use a toothpaste cap to mold the ball as shown below.

5. Place a cherry on top of the cookie. Remember to press the cherry or it might easily fall off later.

Glazed Cherry
Glazed cherry.

6. Bake at 180oC for 15 minutes. When it’s done, the cookie’s top side is light cream while the bottom side is light brown.

7. Remove from oven and let the cookies remain at the baking tray for about 6-8 minutes, then transfer them to wire rack to cool. Store in air-tight container.

This recipe makes about 73pcs. The quantity depends on the size you make. The outcome of this sugee cookie is crunchy with perfume-y taste of ghee. The sugar is not entirely melted. Such is the characteristic of this cookie. My childhood CNY cookie. So yummeh! 🙂

Just wanna show my arrangement skill. Hahaha. This is before baking. (2008)

Additional notes:
1. Initially the sugee cookies that we bake appeared crack. Reason because we didn’t add enough Ghee (we added 3 tablespoons at first). If you find after adding 4 tablespoons is still not enough, you can add a little bit more.
2. Roll the ball paste in little size so that it’ll look cute after baking.

I mixed the combination twice. In total I’ve got about 170pcs of cute sugee cookies.

Made these in 2008.

Sugee Cookies
Made these in 2016.

Have fun making it.