In the Year of the Dragon, indulging in a Dragon Cookies recipe is a must! Drawing inspiration from the mystical world of dragons, these delightful treats boast vibrant colors and charming dragon shapes. Ideal for your Chinese New Year cookie jar, themed parties, birthdays, or simply to infuse a touch of fantasy into your sweet repertoire, these cookies promise joy in both the making and savoring.

Beyond their visual allure, the dragon cookies boast a delightful blend of buttery and sweet flavors. The recipe encourages creative decorating, allowing you to breathe life into your own dragon characters. Whether you’re baking with children, surprising a dragon enthusiast, or aiming to add a whimsical touch to your dessert table, these cookies are destined to be a crowd-pleaser.

WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS RECIPES?

  1. Simplicity Meets Deliciousness: This Dragon Cookies recipe brings together a handful of simple ingredients to create a treat that’s easy to make without compromising on flavor. The magic lies in the perfect balance of each element.
  2. Buttery and Sweet Harmony: The combination of butter, icing sugar, and milk results in cookies that are not only rich and buttery but also boast a delightful sweetness. It’s a symphony of flavors in every bite.
  3. Melt-in-Your-Mouth Texture: Thanks to the unique addition of cornstarch, these cookies achieve a melt-in-your-mouth texture that’s both tender and crumbly. Prepare for a heavenly sensation as you indulge in each cookie.
  4. Customizable Dragon Designs: Get creative with the dragon designs! The recipe encourages personalization, allowing you to pipe distinctive S shapes that bring your dragon cookies to life. Each bite tells a story through your own unique creations.
  5. Quick Freezing for Easy Handling: The quick freeze step not only ensures the cookies hold their shape during baking but also makes handling the dough a breeze. It’s a time-saving trick that adds to the convenience of the recipe.
  6. Gentle Baking Process: With a gentle bake in the oven, these Dragon Cookies maintain their light color, showcasing the care put into each step of the process. It’s a meticulous approach that results in visually appealing treats.
  7. Optional Decorative Touch: Elevate your dragon cookies to the next level with an optional touch of red coloring for the eyes. It’s a simple yet effective way to add character and whimsy to your creations.
  8. Perfect for Any Occasion: Whether you’re baking for a themed party, a special celebration, or just to satisfy your sweet cravings, these Dragon Cookies are versatile and sure to be a hit with cookie lovers of all ages.
  9. A Culinary Adventure: Beyond being a delightful treat, creating these Dragon Cookies is a culinary adventure. Enjoy the process of mixing, piping, and baking as you bring these whimsical creatures to life in your kitchen.

In summary, the almond crisps biscuits recipe offers a winning combination of addictive flavor, satisfying crunch, simplicity, versatility, and the joy of homemade goodness. These factors make it a recipe that you’ll likely love and come back to for delightful moments of indulgence.

INGREDIENTS AND SUBSTITUTES

Ingredient quantities please refer to the recipes card (Click here)!

  • Butter  – Butter is a dairy product made from churning cream, separating the fat from the liquid. It’s a fundamental ingredient in baking, known for its rich flavor, creamy texture, and its ability to add moisture and tenderness to baked goods. In cookie recipes, butter contributes to the flavor, texture, and overall richness of the cookies. If you need a butter substitute, you can use alternatives like margarine or vegetable shortening. Keep in mind that using substitutes may slightly alter the flavor and texture of the cookies. For a dairy-free option, you can use coconut oil or a plant-based butter substitute. It’s essential to consider the flavor profile you desire and any dietary restrictions when selecting a substitute. The ratio for substitution is usually 1:1, but experimentation may be needed to achieve the desired results.
  • Icing Sugar  – Icing sugar, also known as powdered sugar or confectioners’ sugar, is finely ground sugar with added cornstarch to prevent clumping. It is commonly used in baking and confectionery for making frostings, glazes, and dusting desserts. If you don’t have icing sugar, you can make your own by blending granulated sugar in a blender or food processor until it becomes a fine powder. Keep in mind that store-bought icing sugar contains cornstarch, so you might want to add a small amount of cornstarch to the substitute.
  • Pinch of Salt  – Salt enhances flavors and balances sweetness in baked goods. Even a small pinch can make a significant difference in taste. There isn’t a direct substitute for salt, as it plays a unique role in enhancing flavors. If you need to avoid salt, you can omit it, but it might slightly impact the overall taste.
  • Egg Yolk  –  The egg yolk adds richness, moisture, and a yellow color to the dough. It also contributes to the texture of the cookies. If you need an egg yolk substitute, you can use 1 tablespoon of yogurt, buttermilk, or sour cream for each yolk. Keep in mind that this may alter the texture and flavor slightly.
  • Milk  – Milk adds moisture to the dough, contributing to the tenderness of the cookies. You can use alternative milk options like almond milk, soy milk, or even water if you need a dairy-free option. The choice may impact the flavor and richness.
  • Milk Powder  – Milk powder adds a concentrated milk flavor and contributes to the texture of the cookies, making them tender and crumbly.If you don’t have milk powder, you can use an equal amount of liquid milk. However, the texture and flavor of the cookies may be slightly different.
  • Cornstarch  – Cornstarch adds a light and tender texture to the cookies. It’s a common ingredient in shortbread and similar recipes. You can substitute cornstarch with an equal amount of arrowroot powder or potato starch. However, keep in mind that each substitute may impart a slightly different texture.
  • Red Coloring  – The red coloring is used to decorate the eyes of the dragon cookies, adding a visually appealing and whimsical touch. If you prefer a natural alternative, you can use beet juice or raspberry puree for a red tint. Alternatively, you can omit the coloring for a more neutral look.

Always consider personal preferences and dietary restrictions when choosing substitutes, and be aware that the taste and texture may vary based on the alternatives used.

RECIPES TIPS

  • Softened Butter: Ensure the butter is softened to room temperature before using it. Softened butter blends more easily, resulting in a smoother cookie dough.
  • Precise Measurements: Use accurate measurements, especially when working with dry ingredients like cornstarch. This helps maintain the right balance of flavors and textures in the cookies.
  • Thorough Mixing: When combining the ingredients in the Thermomix, ensure thorough mixing at each step. This promotes a homogeneous cookie dough, leading to consistent texture and flavor.
  • Chilling the Dough: After preparing the cookie dough, freeze it in the piping bag for at least 30 minutes. Chilled dough holds its shape better during baking, allowing you to create distinct dragon shapes.
  • Preheating the Oven: Preheat the oven to 150°C during the last 15 minutes of freezing time. A properly preheated oven ensures even baking and helps the cookies maintain their desired color.
  • Piping Techniques: Use a piping bag fitted with a Wilton 1M nozzle to create S shapes for the dragon cookies. Experiment with different shapes and sizes to add character to your dragon designs.
  • Freezing for Easy Handling: Freezing the entire tray of piped dragon shapes makes it easier to handle and transfer the cookies to the oven without losing their defined shapes.
  • Gentle Baking: Bake the Dragon Cookies for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Avoid over-baking to maintain a light color and tender texture. The cookies should not brown much.
  • Cooling on the Baking Sheet: Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. This helps them set and ensures they don’t break during the transfer.
  • Optional Decoration: If adding red coloring for decoration, use a toothpick dipped in the coloring to create eyes on the cooled dragon cookies. This adds a fun and visually appealing touch.
  • Storage: Store the Dragon Cookies in an airtight container to maintain their freshness and prevent them from becoming overly crisp. They can be kept at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
  • Experiment and Personalize: Have fun with the process! Feel free to experiment with different dragon shapes, colors, or even additional decorations. Let your creativity shine through in each batch.

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

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  1. Preheat your oven to 150°C.
  2. In a bowl, combine egg whites and icing sugar. Whisk the ingredients together until well combined.
  3. Add in egg yolk and milk, mix well. 
  4. Sift Corn Starch and milk powder into the mixture, mix well with spatula.
  5. Transfer the cookie dough into a piping bag fitted with a Wilton 1M nozzle. Pipe S shapes onto a lined baking tray. Freeze the entire tray in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 150°C during the last 15 minutes of freezing time.
  6. Bake the Dragon Cookies in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. The cookies should not brown much. Allow them to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Optionally, once the cookies are cool, use a toothpick dipped in red coloring to decorate the eyes.

VARIATIONS

  • Color Variations:
    • Multi-Colored Dragons: Divide the dough into smaller portions and tint each portion with different food colors. Create multicolored dragons by piping or shaping sections of different colors together.
    • Natural Coloring: Use natural food colorings like spinach juice for green or beet juice for red.
  • Decoration Variations:
    • Colored Icing: Prepare colored royal icing and use it to decorate the cookies with intricate designs.
    • Sprinkles: Sprinkle edible glitter, colored sugar, or themed sprinkles over the cookies for a magical touch.

WHAT ELSE TO SERVE WITH ?

To complement your dragon cookies, you might want to serve some beverages or other treats that pair well with the sweet and whimsical theme. Here are some ideas:

  1. Tea or Coffee:
    • Dragon Fruit Tea: Infuse some dragon fruit tea for a colorful and thematic drink.
    • Green Tea: A classic green tea can also be a nice, mild pairing.
  2. Fruit Platter:
    • Dragon Fruit Slices: Include slices of dragon fruit to keep the dragon theme going.
    • Berries: Serve a mix of berries like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries for added freshness.
  3. Ice Cream:
    • Dragon’s Breath Ice Cream: Choose a dragon fruit-flavored ice cream or any other exotic flavor.
    • Green Tea Ice Cream: Pairing green tea ice cream with the cookies can create a delightful combination.

Remember to consider the preferences of your guests and the overall theme of your event when selecting complementary items. The goal is to create a delightful and cohesive experience for everyone enjoying your dragon-themed treats.

MADE AHEAD INSTRUCTIONS

If you want to make the dragon cookie dough ahead of time or freeze the shaped cookies for later, here are some instructions to follow:

Make-Ahead Cookie Dough:

  1. Prepare the Dough: Follow the recipe up to the point where the cookie dough is mixed and formed. Do not freeze or bake the cookies at this stage.
  2. Shape into Logs: Divide the dough into two portions and shape each portion into a log. Wrap each log tightly in plastic wrap.
  3. Refrigerate or Freeze: Place the wrapped cookie dough logs in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days or in the freezer for up to 1-2 months.
  4. Thawing: If frozen, thaw the cookie dough in the refrigerator overnight before using. If refrigerated, you can proceed with the next steps directly.
  5. Pipe and Bake: Once the dough is ready, transfer to a piping bag. Follow the baking instructions from the original recipe.

Freeze Shaped Cookies:

  1. Shape the Cookies: Follow the recipe until you’ve shaped the dragon cookies.
  2. Freeze on Tray: Place the shaped cookies on a baking tray and freeze until solid. This prevents the cookies from sticking together.
  3. Transfer to Storage Container: Once frozen, transfer the cookies to an airtight container or a freezer bag, placing parchment paper between the layers to prevent sticking.
  4. Label and Date: Don’t forget to label the container with the date and type of cookies.
  5. Baking: When ready to bake, preheat the oven and arrange the frozen cookies on a baking sheet. Bake according to the original instructions, adding a couple of minutes to the baking time if needed.

Decorating:

  1. Freeze Undecorated Cookies: If you plan to decorate the cookies with red coloring later, freeze the undecorated cookies as mentioned above.
  2. Decorate After Baking: Once the cookies are baked and cooled, you can add the red coloring to the eyes using a toothpick.

By preparing the cookie dough or freezing shaped cookies ahead of time, you can save time and still enjoy freshly baked dragon cookies whenever you desire.

STORAGE & REHEATING

Storage:

Unbaked Cookie Dough:

  1. Refrigeration: Store the unbaked cookie dough in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.
  2. Freezing: If you plan to store it for a longer period, freeze the wrapped cookie dough logs for up to 1-2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before use.

Baked Cookies:

  1. Room Temperature: Store fully baked and cooled dragon cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
  2. Freezing: To store for an extended period, freeze the baked cookies. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet until solid, then transfer to an airtight container or freezer bag with parchment paper between layers. Label and date the container. Frozen cookies can be stored for up to 2-3 months.

Reheating:

Baked Cookies:

  1. Room Temperature: If the cookies have been stored at room temperature and are a bit stale, you can refresh them by placing a slice of bread in the container overnight. The cookies will absorb moisture from the bread.
  2. Oven: Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C) and heat the cookies on a baking sheet for about 5 minutes. Check frequently to avoid overbake.

Frozen Cookies:

  1. Thawing: For frozen baked cookies, thaw them in the refrigerator or at room temperature.
  2. Reheating: Once thawed, you can refresh the cookies using the methods mentioned above (oven).

Note:

  • If you’ve decorated the cookies with icing or coloring after baking, ensure that the decorations are fully set and dry before storing or freezing.
  • For best results, allow the frozen or refrigerated cookie dough to come to room temperature before shaping and baking.
  • Always label and date containers to keep track of storage times.

Following these storage and reheating guidelines will help you maintain the freshness and flavor of your dragon cookies.

RECIPES FAQS

Certainly! Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers related to dragon cookies:

Can I substitute ingredients in the dragon cookie recipe?

Yes, you can make substitutions based on dietary preferences or ingredient availability. For example, you might substitute butter with margarine or a plant-based alternative.

Can I make the dragon cookie dough ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the cookie dough in advance and refrigerate it for up to 2-3 days or freeze it for 1-2 months. Thaw frozen dough in the refrigerator before using.

Can I freeze shaped dragon cookies before baking?

Absolutely! Freeze the shaped cookies on a tray until solid, then transfer them to an airtight container. Bake from frozen, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time.

How do I prevent the dragon cookies from spreading too much?

Freeze the cookie dough after piping on tray helps prevent excessive spreading. Additionally, make sure your oven is preheated and not too hot.

What if I don’t have a piping bag for shaping the dragon cookies?

You can shape the cookies by hand or use cookie cutters. Roll the dough into balls and flatten them with your hands, then shape into dragon figures.

Can I use natural food coloring for the dragon cookies?

Yes, you can use natural food coloring for a more vibrant and natural color. Beet juice or spinach juice can be used for red or green coloring, respectively.

How do I store leftover dragon cookies?

Store fully baked and cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. For longer storage, freeze the cookies with layers of parchment paper between them.

Can I reheat baked dragon cookies?

Yes, you can reheat cookies by placing them in the microwave for a short time or in a preheated oven. Be cautious not to overheat, as cookies can become too soft.

How do I add red coloring to the dragon cookies’ eyes?

Dip a toothpick into red food coloring and carefully apply it to the dragon cookies’ eyes after they have cooled completely.

Can I adjust the portion size of the recipes?

Yes, you can double the recipe if you need a larger batch. Adjust the ingredient quantities accordingly and make sure to use a larger muffin tin or bake multiple batches if necessary. You can adjust the recipe by clicking the serving size in the recipe in recipes card to your liking!
If you can find the exact portion that you like, you can, also, adjust this in manual mode. Make sure that the cooking times and temperatures have been adjusted for different quantities of ingredients. Please do not pass the max line indicated inside of the mixing bowl. The capacity of the mixing bowl is 2.2 liters.

This recipes is compatible with which model of Thermomix®?

This recipes suitable for TM31 / TM5 / TM6

Remember that Kuih Kapit involves a bit of practice to get the rolling technique just right. Don’t be discouraged if the first few attempts are not perfect—it’s all part of the learning process!

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RECIPES CARD

Dragon Cookies

CategoryDifficultyBeginner

Dragon Cookies are not just treats; they're a delightful journey into the realm of fantasy and flavor. These cookies are more than a recipe; they're a magical baking adventure waiting to unfold in your kitchen.

Prep Time30 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time45 mins

Yields25 Servings

 60 g butter
 50 g icing sugar
 1 pinch salt
 1 egg yolk
 20 g milk
 15 g milk powder
 150 g cornstarch
decoration
 1 drop red colouring

1

In the Thermomix bowl, add the butter and icing sugar. Mix 1 min | Speed 4. until the mixture is creamy.

2

Add the egg yolk, milk, milk powder, and a pinch of salt. Mix for 1 min | Speed 3 to thoroughly combine the ingredients.

3

Add cornstarch. Mix for 20 sec | Speed 3 until a cohesive dough forms.

4

Transfer the cookie dough into a piping bag fitted with a Wilton 1M nozzle. Pipe S shapes onto a lined baking tray. Freeze the entire tray in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 150°C during the last 15 minutes of freezing time.

5

Bake the Dragon Cookies in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. The cookies should not brown much. Allow them to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

6

Optionally, once the cookies are cool, use a toothpick dipped in red coloring to decorate the eyes.

Ingredients

 60 g butter
 50 g icing sugar
 1 pinch salt
 1 egg yolk
 20 g milk
 15 g milk powder
 150 g cornstarch
decoration
 1 drop red colouring

Directions

1

In the Thermomix bowl, add the butter and icing sugar. Mix 1 min | Speed 4. until the mixture is creamy.

2

Add the egg yolk, milk, milk powder, and a pinch of salt. Mix for 1 min | Speed 3 to thoroughly combine the ingredients.

3

Add cornstarch. Mix for 20 sec | Speed 3 until a cohesive dough forms.

4

Transfer the cookie dough into a piping bag fitted with a Wilton 1M nozzle. Pipe S shapes onto a lined baking tray. Freeze the entire tray in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 150°C during the last 15 minutes of freezing time.

5

Bake the Dragon Cookies in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. The cookies should not brown much. Allow them to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

6

Optionally, once the cookies are cool, use a toothpick dipped in red coloring to decorate the eyes.

Dragon Cookies

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