Kuih raya are an iconic part of raya celebrations. And even though our Raya this year may look a little different given the current state of the world, that shouldn't stop us from having them! Which is why it's the perfect opportunity to make our own with this round-up of easy kuih raya recipes to make at home.
We've focused on pulling together a collection of recipes that are simple to make, don't require a lot of different ingredients, and won't require special cookie cutters or moulds. It's time to get baking!
1.Honey cornflake cookies
We're starting off our list with a classic that everyone's probably familiar with - honey cornflake cookies! Made with just honey, butter and cornflakes, you end up with a sweet bite-sized morsel that's totally more-ish. Top with colourful sprinkles for some added flair 😉 To make them, follow this recipe from Noob Cook
- you'll have your honey cornflake cookies ready in no time!
2. German Cookies
German cookies are a light, crispy cookie that's quite intriguing with its pale colour and simple ridged texture. The ingredients list is also surprisingly simple - just potato starch, icing sugar, butter and flour. The secret is in beating the butter and
icing sugar at the start really well until it's pale and fluffy. Don't overbake them in the oven! Follow this recipe by Bisousatoi
to make them.
3. Thumbprint cookies
Shortbread cookies with dollops of jam in the centre? Yes, please! Thumbprint cookies get their name from the indentation made in the middle of cookies that gets filled with jam. Check out this recipe from Live Well Bake Often
4. Nestum cookies
If you enjoy Nestum cereal drinks or porridge, you'll probably love Nestum cookies too! Using this popular cereal will help give the cookies a crunchy texture that's super enjoyable, while the butter and vanilla give a wonderful flavour. Follow this recipe by Zoe over at Bake for Happy Kids
for Nestum cookies - she also has a different recipe for extra crispy ones too
5. Almond London
At some point, London Almond (or Almond London to some) cookies become THE fashionable kuih to serve in your home for Raya, and it's still pretty popular til this day! This cookie made with roasted almonds covered in dough and baked before being coated in chocolate and chopped nuts is a little more labour intensive than some of the other recipes in this list, but it's still very doable at home and you won't need any special equipment! Check out this recipe by Katherine Kwa on Youtube
that shows you how it's done.
6. Chocolate chip cookies
Chocolate chip cookies make the perfect kuih raya because everyone loves them. Especially when they're small crispy bites filled with chocolate and chopped nuts (think something similar to Famous Amos cookies!). When you make these, your house is going to smell divine - these cookies won't last long! Follow this recipe by Pon Pon Production
to make these delicious treats.
7. Peanut butter cookies
If you've never had peanut butter cookies, it's time to make them! The beloved peanut butter spread is mixed with flour, butter, sugar, baking powder and baking soda to make a delicious dough that's then shaped and formed into balls of dough that are pressed down with a fork before being baked. You end up with a chewy cookie with a crisp exterior that you won't be able to stop eating them. Check out this simple recipe from AllRecipes
for peanut butter cookies.
8. Crispy cornflake cookies
Cornflakes are used to make the scrumptious honey cornflake cookies, but another take on cornflakes cookies are these crispy buttery ones! These cookies are made with a buttery dough with cornflakes mixed in, with
additional cornflakes used to coat the outside before being baked to crisp perfection. The cornflakes give a great texture to these cookies that will keep you coming back for more.
There's nothing like the smell of Raya cookies baking to get you in the mood for Syawal, and with these easy recipes, anyone can get into the kitchen and start baking and making your own raya treats to enjoy at home! If you make extra, you can give some to your neighbours too 😊Have fun baking and enjoying these yummy cookies!