Xiaodianxin | Eggless Chinese Butter Cookies

Eggless Chinese Butter Cookies

Today’s I am going to share a simple cookie recipe from China, to be exact it is the Chinese Butter Cookies. X is always a tricky alphabet in these A-Z blogging marathons. Last year I named my post with an ingredient starting with X which I used in my recipe. It was the vegan mango ice-cream. This year I am not going with the component name but the generic recipe name – Xiaodianxin. Xiaodianxin means cookies in Chinese.

 The first recipe that crossed my mind for X is Xmas Plum Cake but it’s from the UK and as I had already picked two recipes from the UK I had to skip that option.  So I started to look for recipes for X, and that’s when I came across Chinese fortune cookies and when I read more, I learn that Xiaodianxin is a generic name for a cookie. So viola, I found a recipe for X and also from a country from where I haven’t posted any recipes.  But how fortune cookies became butter cookies?  I did not prepare my X and Y recipes until last week. So with limited time, I did not want to take any further risks so went with these easy peasy butter cookies. But there was little bit drama with these cookies too.

Eggless Chinese Butter Cookies

I liked the recipe, and I wanted to try the flower shaped cookies, so I ordered a cookie press. I always wanted a cookie press, and as it was an add-on item on Amazon, I bought it along with my usual monthly subscriptions. After receiving, I did not open the package, and when I opened it just before preparing the cookies, I realized that the press was missing the molds.  I had to call Amazon customer service, and they immediately placed a replacement order with one-day shipping. (This is one among the zillion reasons I love being a Prime Amazon member).  I had to postpone preparing this recipe and the very next day I made it, and here it is. You can make simple round cookies, or with piping bags, you can try your favorite shapes. But as I had made my mind to use the cookie press(The cookies preses reminds me of our murukku naazhi/chakli press), I went with this option.

This is one melt-in-your-mouth cookie. It’s totally my kind of cookie with subtle sweetness and crunchiness. It perfectly pairs with tea and coffee. All you need is five ingredients. The original recipe calls for only four ingredients, but reduced the butter amount and added milk, the 5th ingredient to get moist cookies.  Of course, this is also an eggless cookie and without any further ado, here is the recipe.

Eggless Chinese Butter Cookies    

Please find my recipes from the past two marathons.

Ingredients:

  • Softened Salted Butter = 1 stick / half a cup
  • Icing Sugar / Powdered Sugar – ¼ cup
  • All-Purpose Flour – ¾ cup
  • Corn Starch – 8 tbsps
  • Milk – 2 tbsps

Steps:

  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

  • Mix the softened butter and sugar until light and slightly puff with a hand mixer.
  • Add the APF and corn starch and mix them well.

  • Now add milk and combine it to form a thick, smooth dough.
  • You can press these cookies in your preferred way.

  • Using cookie press: 
    • Wash the cookie press and pat them dry. Follow the procedure mentioned in the cookie press and insert your favorite press and add the dough. Follow the instructions and press the cookies on the baking tray lined with parchment paper.

  • Using piping bag:
    • Transfer the dough to the piping bag and add your favorite tip. Pipe evenly on the baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  • Pressing with hands:
    • You can pinch a small amount of dough and roll them into a smooth ball and press into a round cooking using your palms. Cookie cutter can be utilized too.
  • Baking:
    • Bake at 300 deg F for 25 minutes and cool on a wire rack before storing in airtight container.

Eggless Chinese Butter Cookies

Notes:

  • You can use 5 oz of butter and skip milk altogether.
  • Adjust the sugar as per your preference.
  • Bake these cookies at low temperature and after 15 minutes, keep an eye on them.
  • Once they cool down, the cookies get firm, so do not over bake.

Eggless Chinese Butter Cookies

Xiaodianxin | Eggless Chinese Butter Cookies
Yields 18
Chinese Butter Cookies are simple melt-in-your-mouth cookies prepared with just five ingredients. Flour, butter, sugar, milk and corn starch.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. Softened Salted Butter = 1 stick / half a cup
  2. Icing Sugar / Powdered Sugar – ¼ cup
  3. All-Purpose Flour – ¾ cup
  4. Corn Starch – 8 tbsps
  5. Milk – 2 tbsps
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Mix the softened butter and sugar until light and slightly puff with a hand mixer.
  3. Add the APF and corn starch and mix them well.
  4. Now add milk and combine it to form a thick, smooth dough.
  5. You can press these cookies in your preferred way.
Using cookie press
  1. Wash the cookie press and pat them dry. Follow the procedure mentioned in the cookie press and insert your favorite press and add the dough. Follow the instructions and press the cookies on the baking tray lined with parchment paper.
Using piping bag
  1. Transfer the dough to the piping bag and add your favorite tip. Pipe evenly on the baking tray lined with parchment paper.
Pressing with hands
  1. You can pinch a small amount of dough and roll them into a smooth ball and press into a round cooking using your palms. Cookie cutter can be utilized too.
Baking
  1. Bake at 300 deg F for 25 minutes and cool on a wire rack before storing in airtight container.
Notes
  1. You can use 5 oz of butter and skip milk altogether.
  2. Adjust the sugar as per your preference.
  3. Bake these cookies at low temperature and after 15 minutes, keep an eye on them.
  4. Once they cool down, the cookies get firm, so do not over bake.
Adapted from The Zonghan
Adapted from The Zonghan
Vidhya’s Vegetarian Kitchen http://www.vidhyashomecooking.com/

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19 thoughts on “Xiaodianxin | Eggless Chinese Butter Cookies

  1. Wow..love those cookies..and can you believe I bought a cookie press 4 years back..havent used it as yet!..your post is motivating me and shall use it very soon..btw. beautiful cookies.

  2. Sowmya:)

    This does seem to be the popular dish of the day. Your cookies look fabulous and perfectly shaped. Last minute rushes and crises are what make mega marathons fun, right? Yum cookies….bookmarking them

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