Foodie Friday: Red Bean Cookie

Red bean cookie: pastry-like treat with sweet red bean paste inside

red bean cookie
C is for cookie! Around the time I was immersed in Sesame Street, I decided to follow in the footsteps of my favorite blue-furred monster. I cracked open our cookbook to create snickerdoodles. Alas, I wasn’t allowed to use the oven, so I substituted the microwave instead. A shout-out to my brother who tried those rock-hard sweets and even managed to swallow a few pieces without breaking his teeth! Thankfully, I soon learned how to properly make the cookies, and our kitchen was filled with the alluring smells of cinnamon and sugar.

The snickerdoodle is a classic American cookie. What’s a good Chinese one? The red bean cookie. (I’ve indulged in other red bean delights before, like the smoothie and the taiyaki.) The inside of a red bean cookie has a textured taste; the consistency of the bean paste is not quite smooth, and the flavors are layered, with the sugary combined with the fibrous. Red bean, like other legumes, is a powerhouse of nutrients: fiber, protein, and folic acid. Here’s a Hawaiian take on the red bean cookie.

Maybe the red bean cookie can be called nutritious. Kind of like the oatmeal cookie, right? You can justify eating the chewy goodness because certain parts may benefit your body.

What’s your favorite cookie?

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  1. I have a confession to make: I have a very sweet tooth. I LOVE desserts. Any dessert. Chinese cuisine has maybe less desserts than the French. But I love anything with red bean. At a favorite dim sum in SF they have red beans buns which I absolutely like. They serve three per tray and it was always a fight for them when we went with the kids. I never had the cookies you are presenting today so I should look for them. Yummy post!

    • Jennifer J. Chow says

      Interesting, because red bean tempers the sweetness. One day I would love to go to France and try some decadent desserts :)

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