Sugar Cookies Recipe

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Sugar Cookies Recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
Cookies
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir flour and baking powder together. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Stir in eggs, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Add the flour and baking powder in and kneed the dough. 
  3. The dough doesn't really stick well together and it breaks apart easily. DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH!
  4. Roll the dough out into 1/4 inch thick. Using cookie cutters, cut them into shapes. Place the cookies on the baking sheet and freeze them for 5-7 minutes. Then bake for 10-12 minutes. Let it cool off before decorating. 
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This sugar cookies recipe is so easy to make. It is soft and keeps its shape after baking. It’s perfect for decorating too!

My daughter loves to help me bake. I enjoy baking with her. It’s mother daughter bonding time. She helped me picked the cookie cutter shapes. After I rolled out the dough, she helped me cut it. Making sugar cookies is similar to play-doh so she likes it and had fun helping.

Ingredients:
  • 3 Cups of flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Sticks of butter
  • 1 Cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp Almond extract
Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, stir flour and baking powder together. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Stir in eggs, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Add the flour and baking powder in and kneed the dough.

* The dough doesn’t really stick well together and it breaks apart easily. DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH!

Roll the dough out into 1/4 inch thick. Using cookie cutters, cut them into shapes. Place the cookies on the baking sheet and freeze them for 5-7 minutes. Then bake for 10-12 minutes. Let it cool off before decorating.

I made my own royal icing for the sugar cookies. Click here for the recipe.

Sesame Balls

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Sesame Balls
sesame balls
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
sesame balls
Instructions
  1. Rinse the mung beans in a medium bowl until the water is clear and not yellow. Let it sit over night.
  2. Dough: In a small pot, boil 2 cups of water. Mix the potato flakes with 1 cup of water until it thickens. Add all the other ingredients and stir. Add 1/2 cup of water and knead the dough. Add a little bit more water and knead well. It's so much easier if you have a stand mixer to knead the dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit for 1 hour.
  3. Fillings: Rinse the mung beans again and steam it for about 30 minutes or until the mung beans are soft. In a medium bowl mix the sugar, salt, and mung beans together. Using a mortar and pestle, pound the mung beans until it is smooth. It shouldn't feel wet. It should feel like thick mashed potatoes that you can make into a ball.
  4. Roll 1/2 inch balls with the mung beans and put it on a pan. Using your hands, roll dough into a ball smaller than a golf ball then flatten it out. Put the mung bean ball in the middle and roll it into a ball. Dip and roll the ball in the sesame seeds until it is covered.
  5. On medium heat, fry the sesame balls for 5-10 minutes until it is golden brown. You can check to see if it is cooked by cutting one open. The texture on the inside shouldn't be doughy. It should be clear and sticky. Be careful not to burn them.
  6. Line an aluminum pan with paper towels. Once the sesame balls are cook, line them up in a pan to get rid of the excess oil. Enjoy!
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Sesame balls are delicious! One of my childhood favorites. They do take awhile to make, but hard work pays off. Growing up my mom, sisters, aunts, cousins, and I usually make these for parties and special events. Now that I have my own family I make them whenever I want to eat them; that’s probably like once or twice a year.

I’ve tried 3 different recipes and this one is my favorite. It turns out perfect every time and the dough is easy to work with.

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 1 Cup Mashed Potato flakes
  • 2 Cups boiling water
  • 1 bag (16 oz) Glutinous Rice Flour
  • 2 tbsp Rice Flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • Sesame seeds

Fillings:

  • 1 bag of Mung beans (2 cups)
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt



Directions:

Rinse the mung beans in a medium bowl until the water is clear and not yellow. Let it sit over night.

mung beans

Dough: In a small pot, boil 2 cups of water. Mix the potato flakes with 1 cup of water until it thickens. Add all the other ingredients and stir. Add 1/2 cup of water and knead the dough. Add a little bit more water and knead well. It’s so much easier if you have a stand mixer to knead the dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit for 1 hour.

dough dough

Fillings: Rinse the mung beans again and steam it for about 30 minutes or until the mung beans are soft.

mung beans

In a medium bowl mix the sugar, salt, and mung beans together.

mung beans

Using a mortar and pestle, pound the mung beans until it is smooth. It shouldn’t feel wet. It should feel like thick mashed potatoes that you can make into a ball.

mung beans sesame balls filling

Roll 1/2 inch balls with the mung beans and put it on a pan.

sesame ball fillings

Using your hands, roll dough into a ball smaller than a golf ball then flatten it out.

sesame balls

Put the mung bean ball in the middle and roll it into a ball.

sesame balls sesame balls

Dip and roll the ball in the sesame seeds until it is covered.

sesame balls

On medium heat, fry the sesame balls for 5-10 minutes until it is golden brown. You can check to see if it is cooked by cutting one open. The texture on the inside shouldn’t be doughy. It should be clear and sticky. Be careful not to burn them.

sesame balls

Line an aluminum pan with paper towels. Once the sesame balls are cook, line them up in a pan to get rid of the excess oil.

sesame balls

Enjoy!

sesame balls

Pork Steamed Buns

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Pork Steamed Buns
pork steamed buns
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
pork steamed buns
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, add water and yeast together. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Add warm mix and vegetable oil to the yeast mixture.
  3. In a large bowl stir the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt together.
  4. Stir in the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. Kneed the dough until it's soft and smooth.
  5. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it sit for an hour.
  6. Add salt, hoisin sauce, and oyster sauce to your meat.
  7. Boil 4 eggs for 10 minutes. Peel the eggs and cut it in half.
  8. After an hour, split the dough into 8 balls. Roll the dough flat.
  9. Put the egg and meat filling on the dough.
  10. Wrap up the dough over the fillings. Pinch the ends together at the top.
  11. Steam the buns for 30 minutes.
  12. Let it cool for 10 minutes and you're done. Enjoy!
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When I was younger I have always seen these giant pork steamed buns on sale at the grocery store. I don’t remember eating it much, but they always look delicious! I’ve been making these steamed buns for quite awhile now. It is possible to make the awesome buns without using the Asian flours in the bag that they sell at the grocery stores. The bun is soft and fluffy. It is super delicious with the fillings inside.

Dough:
  • 1 pack Dry yeast (about 2 1/4 tsp)
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup Warm milk
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 2½ cups All purpose flour
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 1½ tsp Baking powder
  • 1½ tsp Salt
Fillings:
  • 1/2 lb Ground pork
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp Oyster sauce
  • 4 Boiled eggs
Instructions:

yeast and water

In a small bowl, add water and yeast together. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes.

yeast, water, milk

Add warm mix and vegetable oil to the yeast mixture.

flours

In a large bowl stir the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt together.

liquid mix with dried ingredients

Stir in the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. Kneed the dough until it’s soft and smooth.

let dough rise

Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it sit for an hour.

pork

Add salt, hoisin sauce, and oyster sauce to your meat.

boiled eggs

Boil 4 eggs for 10 minutes. Peel the eggs and cut it in half.

roll out dough

After an hour, split the dough into 8 balls. Roll the dough flat.

fillings on doughtop view of fillings

Put the egg and meat filling on the dough.

steamed buns

Wrap up the dough over the fillings. Pinch the ends together at the top.

steamed buns

Steam the buns for 30 minutes.

pork steamed buns

Let it cool for 10 minutes and you’re done. Enjoy!