After making the CNY cookies last month, I sort of fell in love with…
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These moonlight cookies are milky and soft cookies that toddlers and young kids will love! Make them quickly and easily for a quick snack.
I am a big fan of Japanese confectioneries, even before I had kids.
The kiddos too love those Japanese cookies that we see frequently in supermarkets. These days as I have to work, and have lesser time cooking and baking at home, we had to turn to store bought cookies for their snack fix sometimes.
I wonder if you are familiar with Morinaga Moonlight Cookies? The sweet, small cookies are really buttery and creamy in taste!
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How Do These Cookies Taste Like?
These little cookies may not taste exactly like Morinaga‘s, but they are easy to make and bake. It uses simple ingredients from pantry, which is probably readily available.
This recipe uses egg yolk, milk powder and condensed milk. So you can imagine the rich, creamy taste in it! As store bought condensed milk these days contains quite a handful of additives, I decided to substitute with honey. If you prefer, you can always use condensed milk!
Also, take note to measure the milk powder and honey (or condensed milk) accurately, using a knife to remove excess from the tablespoon. Otherwise the cookie dough may be too sticky to handle.
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What Ingredients Do I Need For These Moonlight Cookies?
- Unsalted Butter: I like to use unsalted butter so that the cookies are not too salty.
- Caster Sugar
- Egg Yolk
- Cake or Top Flour: You can use either cake or top flour, as long as it is a low protein flour.
- Baking Powder
- Milk Powder: Use a baking use full cream milk powder. You can get this at baking supplies store.
- Honey: You can use condensed milk for a milkier taste. I replaced with honey so that it is “healthier”.
How Can I Make Them?
This recipe uses the usual creaming method. To ensure cookie success, be sure to let butter soften in room temperature for about 10 mins before using. When pressed down lightly, you should see a dent on the butter easily, which feels slightly soft to touch, but still having some resistance to your finger. The butter should also feel slightly cool.
Do not let the butter soften too much or melt as it will also affect the cookie texture.
If you prefer a super milky taste, you can use condensed milk. As most condensed milk these days contain much additives, I opt for honey as a substitute. Both condensed milk and honey helps to make the centre of the cookies soft with slightly crispy edges.
You will need to chill the cookie dough before cutting them out, as the dough can be slightly sticky. So, be sure to dust your working surface with flour adequately, and dust the cookie cutter frequently to prevent sticking.
What is The Texture of These Cookies?
So while I wouldn’t say that these cookies are exact replicate of Morinaga Moonlight Cookies, I thought that these cookies indeed has a taste of nostalgia!
As these cookies uses egg yolk and has honey (or condensed milk) in it, they won’t be super crunchy or crispy. I find these softer cookies, which are slightly crunchy on the edges, seem to appeal to toddlers tastebuds (my kids love them)! As cookies are usually sweet, do ration to the kids if you are watching their sugar intake.