Sunday, January 13, 2013

Salted Peanut and Raisin Cookies Recipe

Salted Peanut and Raisin Cookies

I love eating salted peanuts and raisins together. The sweet and salty combination is a delight, just like peanut butter and jam sandwiches. On Wikipedia I came across the term Gorp, short for "good old raisins and peanuts", a trail mix made with peanuts, raisins and M&M's. I decided to make Gorp cookies, minus M&M’s.

These cookies are different from Fah Sang Pen, the traditional Chinese New Year cookies. Fah Sang Pen is made with ground peanuts, does not have raisins, but sounds absolutely delicious too. Perhaps a future project! For now I am sticking with M&M-less Gorps. Trying saying this quickly three times. However you won't have any difficulties in eating these.

A useless thought. Since peanut is not a nut but a legume does it mean you can eat peanuts if you allergic to nuts?

1 cup flour
½ cup sugar (use 1 cup if you prefer ‘normal’ level of sweetness)
1 egg
½ cup oil or butter
½ cup salted roasted peanuts (optional: coarsely chopped)
½ cup raisins (optional: coarsely chopped)
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1.      Heat oven to 180°C/360°F
2.      Mix flour, baking powder and baking soda 
3.      In a separate bowl beat oil, sugar, egg and vanilla until sugar dissolves and the mixture turns pale
4.      Add flour mixture and mix well
5.      Stir in peanuts and raisins
6.      Place balls of dough about an inch thick onto a baking tray, flatten and bake until golden brown and delicious, about 12 - 15 minutes

Salted Peanut and Raisin Cookies


  1. I love that these are sweet and salty! Extra delicious.

  2. Your three cookies sound delicious and very mysterious, but I think I might like them a lot. The Chinese New Year's cookies seem interesting too. The change of the name was an excellent idea because Gorp sounds like a name of a creature from a different planet ;-)

    1. Thank you, they were delicious for sure.
      Gorp does sound a bit uninteresting - makes be think of dork! Or a alien creature!


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