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10 Super Simple CNY Snacks You Can Make With 6 Ingredients or Less


Some of our favourite CNY treats are actually very easy to make. With 6 ingredients or less, you can whip up delicious home-baked treats to share with your loved ones! Try your hand at these easy recipes and make any gathering more meaningful than ever.
10 simple cny snack recipes


Chinese New Year is just around the corner. And what’s a celebration without all the sweet treats? With our beloved relatives and friends around, it’s the perfect moment to share some home-baked treats. 

Making baked goods from scratch doesn’t always have to be complicated. With 6 ingredients or less, you can whip up some snacks to share with your loved ones.

We’ve compiled 10 Super Simple CNY Snack Recipes you can try, using 6 or less simple ingredients! You’ll be glad to find out that some of your favourite Chinese New Year snacks are actually really easy to make!

10 Simple CNY Snacks With 6 Ingredients Or Less

1. Peanut Cookies

Chinese Peanut Butter Cookies
Image Credit:
Foodie Baker

Peanut Cookies are an all-time favourite, but making it the traditional way can be quite time consuming, especially if you’re looking to make everything from scratch, including roasting and grinding your own peanuts!

This recipe is the perfect shortcut. With some ready-made peanut butter and basic baking ingredients, you’re just minutes away from munching into fragrant peanut cookies!

What you’ll need:

  • 180g flour
  • 80g confectioners' sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 100g peanut butter
  • 80g peanut/vegetable oil
  • 1 egg yolk + water (optional, for egg wash)

Get Foodie Baker’s recipe for Peanut Cookies here.

2. Kuih Bahulu (Ji Dan Gao)


Image Credit:
Nasi Lemak Lover

This old-school sponge cake is a nostalgic treat we all love. Made from eggs, flour, and sugar, Kuih Bahulu gets its fluffy texture from beating eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. This recipe adds salt and carbonated drink to enhance the flavour and texture of the cakes. Prepare some extra; these little cakes are so light and fluffy, they’ll be gone in no time! 

What you’ll need:

  • 5 eggs
  • 170g flour
  • 150g sugar
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp carbonated drink

Get Nasi Lemak Lover’s recipe for Kuih Bahulu here.

3. Cornflake Cookies

Image Credit: TheZongHan

You’ve probably made these cookies at some point in your childhood, and you can now relive the memories. These Cornflake Cookies require only three ingredients with no complicated steps at all! Optionally, you can add various toppings such as chocolate chips, dried cranberries and more to jazz things up! 

What you’ll need:

  • 90g plain cornflakes
  • 90g honey
  • 90g salted butter

Get TheZongHan’s recipe for Cornflake Cookies here.

4. Almond Cookies


Image Credit:
Bread et Butter

Fill one of your cookie jars with this popular nutty festive treat. Using lard instead of the usual vegetable oil makes these Almond Cookies pleasantly soft, tender, and melt in your mouth. These little bites of goodness won’t last that long!

What you’ll need:

  • 250g flour 
  • 240g ground almonds
  • 90g confectioners’ sugar
  • 220g lard
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg

Get Bread et Butter’s recipe for Almond Cookies here.

almond crisps/tuiles baking kit
Love almond cookies? Check out our
Salted Egg Yolk Almond Tuiles/Crisps baking kit which contains all the pre-portioned ingredients you’ll need to bake up a huge batch of almond crisps that are perfect for sharing. Simply follow the detailed recipe and tutorial video provided for delicious cookies everyone will love.

5. Cashew Cookies

cashew cookies
Image Credit:
Guai Shu Shu

Nut-based cookies are a must-have every Chinese New Year. One of our favorites are these Cashew Cookies, which are made from finely ground roasted cashews. These light, crunchy cookies pack a bunch of nuttiness in every bite!

What you’ll need:

  • 400g cake flour
  • 120g confectioners’ sugar
  • 250g butter
  • 200g ground cashew nuts
  • 30g milk powder
  • 2 egg yolks

Get Guai Shu Shu’s recipe for Cashew Cookies here.

6. Kue Bangkit

The Best Kue Bangkit Santan (the only recipe you ever need!)
Image Credit:
What To Cook Today

With a melt-in-your-mouth texture, Kue Bangkit is one cookie we can’t not have every Chinese New Year. Many Kue Bangkit recipes require you to fry the flour over long periods of time, however this recipe provides a shortcut to doing so, and also provides tips on getting that melt-in-the-mouth texture we all love in these coconutty cookies. 

What you’ll need:

  • 500g tapioca flour
  • 1 can coconut cream
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 180g–250g confectioners’ sugar
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 5 pandan leaves

Get What To Cook Today’s recipe for Kue Bangkit here.

7. Butter Cookies

Butter Cookies
Image Credit:
Miss Tam Chiak

Instead of queuing for a tin of these cookies, why not try baking your own Butter Cookies? These fragrant, melt-in-your-mouth butter cookies are actually really simple to make. The secret to bakery-quality butter cookies is no other than using the right kind of butter! 

What you’ll need:

  • 200g butter
  • 50g confectioners’ sugar
  • 50g all purpose flour
  • 100g top flour
  • 50g corn flour

Using a combination of different flours gives these cookies the desired texture. Learn more about the different types of flour in this guide! Pipe your cookies with a star piping tip to get the classic shape, or experiment with various piping tip shapes to make them uniquely yours.

Get Miss Tam Chiak’s recipe for Butter Cookies here.

Read More: [GUIDE] All The Different Types Of Flour You Can Find In Singapore + How To Use And Substitute Them

8. Bak Kwa Cookies


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Bake For Happy Kids

These Bak Kwa Cookies require only 4 ingredients, no eggs, and no chilling time. They pack an interesting salty-sweet taste from the combination of honey and bak kwa. This recipe is so quick and easy to whip up, you can make them any time you want!

What you’ll need:

  • 75g flour
  • 50g butter
  • 60g honey
  • 60g bak kwa

Get Bake For Happy Kids’ recipe for Bak Kwa Cookies here.

9. Mango Sago

Restaurant-style mango sago showing three layers
Image Credit:
Omnivore’s Cookbook

This mildly sweet, creamy dessert is a happiness in a cup. Every spoonful of this Mango Sago is loaded with mango chunks, chewy tapioca pearls, and creamy coconut milk. 

We’re often served this refreshing dessert after restaurant dinners, but it’s surprisingly easy to make on your own! For single-serve portions that are easy to transport, fill them in these reusable pots.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 big mangoes
  • 45g tapioca (sago) pearls
  • 176g evaporated milk
  • 50g sugar
  • 240ml coconut milk

Get Omnivore’s Cookbook’s recipe for Mango Sago here.

10. Almond Pudding

A delicious and healthy Asian dessert that is quick and fun to make. {Gluten-Free, Vegetarian Adaptable}
Image Credit:
Omnivore’s Cookbook

A light, refreshing dessert after a hearty meal can never go wrong. The traditional almond pudding is a bit finicky to make, but this shortcut Almond Pudding recipe cuts down the total time to 10 minutesperfect for a last-minute dessert! Serve them in small cups for a perfectly sized after-dinner dessert.

What you’ll need:

  • 480ml unsweetened almond milk
  • 14g gelatin
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • fresh strawberries (optional)

Get Omnivore’s Cookbook’s recipe for Almond Pudding here.

Simple CNY Snack Recipes 

With the Chinese New Year festive season fast approaching, it means it’s the time to get busy spring cleaning, prepping the decorations, snacks, red packets and more! 

Being busy doesn’t mean you have to stick to the same ol’ store-bought snacks this Lunar New Year. These simple CNY recipes help add a personal touch to your snack table and CNY gifts this year. 

bakestarters pineapple tart baking kit
Bakestarters' Pineapple Tart Baking Kit

Alternatively, our Chinese New Year DIY baking kits provide all the ingredients you’ll need in their required weights and portions, for you to bake up big batches of delicious Pineapple Tarts, Ondeh Ondeh Tarts, and Salted Egg Yolk Almond Crisps that are perfect for sharing and gifting. These hassle-free baking kits provide butter too, so you can start baking immediately without leaving the house to hunt for ingredients. 

Featured image credits to Foodie Baker, What To Cook TodayMiss Tam ChiakBake For Happy KidsOmnivore’s Cookbook and Bread et Butter.

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