Happy Chinese New Year! Gok Jai

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

Gok Jai for Chinese New Year on a white dish.

Happy Chinese New Year, friends! This is the first year that I am officially celebrating Chinese New Year on my blog, and I made a treat for you namely Gok Jai. It’s popularly referred to as a peanut puff, I’m guessing due to its gorgeous puffy texture and peanut filling. Now, while I can’t guarantee the extreme tradition of these recipe has been kept (due to the fact that I ended up making my own recipe since the “traditional” ones I found online were messy), this still keeps the same essence and filling of the traditional cookies. Crunchy and delicious, I think the filling did it for me! My family has successfully finished them off, so I guess we celebrated early!

Side shot of Gok Jai on a white dish.

I’ve always loved trying treats from a new culture (which happens every time I try an American treat when you think of it) not only because it’s new but I absolutely love learning about new cultures and experiences. Travelling is when I’m most at peace, even more than baking, and I feel as if I just want to be a part of this new culture. When I was in Russia last year, I got so excited I learned the entire alphabet and I was able to read a few signs and understand them, and speak some (basic) phrases. I even left with a new Russian friend who I still talk to. Making these last night made me feel as if I had travelled to China to celebrate Chinese New Year and Gok Jai with them last night! It’s quiet an experience.
But I’m not celebrating this alone! I teamed up with three of my blogger friends and we are all celebrating Chinese New Year together. Both Lauren from Hall Nesting and Jessica and Johnny from The Blueberry Bison created some delicious dishes:

 

Lauren from Hall Nesting made Fried Rice, a perfect staple of course for this celebration!

A green plate with Fried Rice.

 

I do hope you enjoy this holiday and Happy Chinese New Year!

A row of gok jai on a wooden table.

Happy Chinese New Year! Gok Jai

Popularly referred to as a peanut puff, I’m guessing due to its gorgeous puffy texture and peanut filling!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Course Desserts
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Ingredients

Filling

  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Pastry:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tbsp butter cold and cubed
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tbsp water

Egg wash:

  • One egg beaten
Instructions

Instructions

  • Grease a cookie sheet, set aside.

Filling

  • I bought my peanuts pre-roasted, but you can easily roast them (skin them if you're buying them raw) in an oven for 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
  • Blend the peanuts, sesame seeds, sugar and salt together until combined for about 2 minutes, as the peanut begins to break down. The mixture should like slightly chunky and hold together. Set aside.

Pastry

  • Combine the butter and flour in a food processor, slightly chopping together until it looks like coarse sand.
  • Add the beaten egg and the water to the mixture until a dough forms.
  • You may end up needing a bit more flour if you're dough is too sticky. Add a tablespoon at a time, but don't pass 5 tablespoons.
  • Cover the dough with saran wrap and allow the dough to rest for 15 minutes. During this time, preheat oven to 355 degrees.
  • When your dough has finished resting, roll out the dough on a well floured surface with a floured rolling pan. Using a cookie cutter, cut circles out of the dough.
  • Lay them onto cookie sheet and using a teaspoon of filling, place the filling on the dough and pinch the edges over. You can twist the ends or seal with a fork which will leave decorative marks.
  • Brush the egg wash onto the cookies and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and enjoy! Happy Chinese New Year!
NOTES

Nutrition

Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
by Jessica

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35 comments

  1. I am all about trying new things too Jessica and these look interesting and yummy!

  2. Wow these look awesome! Love that they have a peanut filling!

  3. Anything stuffed with peanut butter sounds perfect!! Love that you are celebrating CNY!

  4. This is one of my childhood favourites! My mom used to make tons of them and we loved to have them with afternoon tea. Yours look authentic and delicious!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Angie! That sounds great 🙂 and so happy mine look authentic! They were so delicious!

  5. These do look yummy!

  6. Happy Chinese New Year!!! I bet Russia was an amazing experience and I just love, love Gok Jai! I get it every time I go to my Asian market!!! Yours look better then the ones I get yummy!!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Shundara! It was a blast! So cool that you have an Asian market – I would love to have one near me!

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