Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Extra Crispy Maximally-Loaded Nestum Cereal Cookies - Extra Fragrant! Maximally Yummy!!!

This is the crazy me continuing my obsession for Nestum cereal. LOL!

Nestum cereal??? Why Nestum?

For those who don't know or curious to know, you might wish to read my previous Nestum cereal cookies at here.

Although Nestum is commonly available in Singapore and Malaysia, it is not easily available in most non-Asian countries such as US, Europe and Australia. Can't find Nestum!!!??? I have discovered that we can buy Nestum via online and Amazon. And if you are living in Melbourne, you will be happy to know you can buy Nestum at some Asian grocery shops at Boxhill.

If you love Nestum cereal or EXTRA CRISPY Nestum cookies that are maximally loaded with Nestum, I'm 100% sure that you have come to a right place because I have a perfect recipe for you!!!

extra crispy Nestum cereal cookies
EXTRA CRISPY Nestum-loaded Cereal Cookies
EXTRA Fragrant! MAXIMALLY Yummy!!!

Why this recipe?

Unlike the previous crispy Nestum cereal cookies at here, these Nestum cookies are EXTRA crispy EXTRA golden brown because they are made with TWICE the amount of Nestum and also egg yolks instead of whole egg. So you can imagine... every bite of these cookies are so maximally pang pang poh poh!!!

Pang pang poh poh? LOL!!!

Pang means fragrant and poh means light and crispy in Hokkien / Singlish. And of course, this literally means the cookies are EXTRA fragrant, EXTRA crispy and VERY VERY VERY delicious!!!

I must say... It's a MUST-TRY recipe if you love Nestum cereal or any food with added Nestum cereal or simply just Nestum cereal cookies!!! What say you?

extra crispy Nestum cereal cookies
Now, my kitchen was smelling DOUBLY lovely when I was baking these maximally-loaded Nestum cookies.
Can you see that the cookies spread a little more than usual?
extra crispy Nestum cereal cookies
We are so in love with these pang pang poh poh EXTRA crispy Nestum-loaded Cereal cookies!!!

I'm always a well wisher and wish that you can see, smell and taste how yummy are these cookies!

From my photo, you can probably see that these Nestum-loaded cookies are super crispy with not-too-compact-and-not-too loose piling layers of Nestum cereals but unfortunately, I don't think you can smell or taste anything from these pix.

Hence, if you really want to enjoy the sweet milky fragrance and extra crispy texture of these maximally-loaded Nestum cereal cookie, no doubt that the only way is to BAKE THESE COOKIES!!! LOL!

I'll help you... It's easy!!! Watch this video to see how I baked these cookies and I'm sure you can bake yours too.

Thanks Bensound for the music in my video.

Besides this video, I have a few straightforward baking tips to share:
1) It's a must to toast the added Nestum cereal so that the cookies are extra fragrant.
2) Do not over-knead the cookie dough even if it is semi-loose and crumbly but you can gently squeeze the cookie dough when you are dividing it.
3) It's a must to coat the cookies with egg wash and extra Nestum. This step will make the cookies extra fragrant too.
4) Last but not least, please bake the cookies thoroughly using oven with slow moderate heat which makes the cookies completely crisp!!!

Wait wait... I'm not completely done yet with my Nestum cereal obsession!!!
I have another completely different crispy Nestum cookies recipe to share!!! And this next one has NO egg and more obvious BUTTERY fragrance. So stay tune if you are interested. Update on 30 Jan 2018: The Crispy Nestum Cookies with NO egg recipe is at HERE.

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Plus my previous Crispy Nestum Cereal Cookies at here - These crispy Nestum cookies are firmer with a subtle crunch. Thus, they are easier to handle, stack and give or sell.

Here's my MUST-TRY Extra Crispy Maximally-Loaded Nestum Cereal Cookies recipe.

Makes about 30 bite-size cookies

For the cookie dough:
100g Nestum cereal
100g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
60g caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla paste or extract
2 egg yolks
25g all purpose / plain flour
25g cornflour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

To coat the cookies:
1 egg yolk*
1 tbsp milk*
about 20g Nestum cereal for coating
2-3 tbsp firm strawberry jam** to decorate

* Please note that 1 egg yolk and 1 tbsp milk can coat 60 cookies.

** Some recipes uses red glace cherries to decorate the cookies but I prefer mine to be decorated with tiny dot of strawberry jam. This is because I like my cookies to be completely crispy with no interfering chewy pieces of glace cherries.

Preheat the oven to 160°C / 320°F.

Line baking trays with baking papers. Spread 100g Nestum cereal on one prepared baking tray. Bake for 7-8 mins or until lightly toasted and fragrant. Set aside to allow cereal to cool completely.

Using a wooden spoon or an electric mixer with paddle attachment, beat butter, caster sugar and vanilla until combined and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time and beat well after each addition.

Sift flour, cornflour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into the butter mixture. Add toasted Nestum cereal and use a spoon or spatula to mix until mixture is combined. Transfer mixture onto a plastic wrap and use the wrap to knead slightly until mixture forms a dough. IMPORTANT: Do not over-knead the dough even if it is semi-loose and crumbly.

Combine egg yolk and milk to form a dipping egg wash mixture. Divide and gently squeeze tablespoonful of dough into balls.

Dip one side of the cookies into egg wash and coat the dipped side with extra Nestum cereal.

Arrange cookies dough onto the lined trays about 2-3 cm apart with their coated sides up.

Use your finger to flatten the cookies slightly and pipe a small dot of jam on each cookie to decorate.

Bake for 20 mins, swapping the trays around halfway through baking or until thoroughly baked. Allow cookies to cool slightly on the tray for about 10-15 mins, then transfer to racks to cool completely.

Serve and enjoy. Store any uneaten cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up 2 weeks

Happy Baking
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  1. Hello there Zoe, would like to check with you. What butter do you suggest me using for this recipe? Those tin butter (Golden Churn) or cube butter? Thank you in advance!

    1. Hi, I'm using the good quality European butter for most of my bakes and you can use any brand that you like. To me, Golden Churn is too salty and it is only good for making lapis and essential for SOME cookies recipes. Happy Baking!