Raya madness translates to ‘Gila Raya” which means Eid madness. Eid  marks the end of Ramadan  and is a celebration for all Muslims  around the globe. This is my first year (ever!) making eid cookies/biskut raya. I wanted to re-create the spirit of eid like we have back home in Malaysia, especially now that I have a child. Growing up in Malaysia, we always looked forward to celebrating eid. The food. The visits. The money. The atmosphere. Its such a huge celebration and one that I will surely treasure forever. I know my daughter will never experience that kind of eid (or maybe one day inshallah), but at least she can enjoy my homemade cookies.
So this Eid, my sister, step mum and I will make a few batch of cookies each. Different varieties of course, and share them amongst ourselves. So in total, each of us get 10+ variety of cookies. Yay! The cookies that I have/will be making are choc almond, peanut cookies  and choc chip cookies.  (edit: links added)
In spirit of this year’s eid, the next few posts will be in relation to malay traditional food commonly served during eid/raya. Enjoy!
RECIPE FOR CHOC ALMOND COOKIES
Adapted from Jom Masak Jom Makan-Makan
Yields: 150 cookies
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 15 mins, per tray (these made a lot of trays!)
250g chocolate, melted
200g caster sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder*
1 tsp vanilla essence
*Sift these ingredients into a bowl
1. Beat the sugar, butter and vanilla essence until fluffy.
2. Put the egg and chocolate and continue beating until well combined.
3. Add the sifted ingredients and using a spatula, gently fold the mixture.
4. Add the almonds and combine well. Do not over combine or almonds will start to break.
5. Put some mixture into plastic wrap and shaped them into a square long train (see photo above)
6. Once all the mixtures have been wrapped tightly, put them into the fridge for 2 hours until it sets.
7. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and grease a baking tray lined with baking paper.
8. Take out the cookie dough and remove plastic. Cut into 2cm thick and place on the baking tray. Bake for 15 minutes.
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