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Light, airy, and fragrant Kuih Bangkit (Tapioca Cookies) are a Chinese New Year favorite in Malaysia and Singapore. Uses only 5 ingredients with detailed video instructions. | MalaysianChineseKitchen.com
Kuih Bangkit (Tapioca Cookies)
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
 

Light, airy, and fragrant Kuih Bangkit (Tapioca Cookies) are a Chinese New Year favorite in Malaysia and Singapore. Uses only 5 ingredients with detailed video instructions.

(Makes 100-120 cookies)

Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Malaysian
Servings: 55
Calories: 60 kcal
Author: Linda Ooi
Ingredients
  • 1 lb tapioca flour (450g)
  • 6 pandan leaves (rinsed and dried)
  • 2 egg yolk
  • ¾ cup sugar / castor sugar (165g)
  • 1 can coconut milk (14 oz/400ml)
  • A few drops of red food coloring (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place tapioca flour in a baking tray. Cut pandan leaves into 3 inch lengths and bury them in the tapioca flour. Place in a 200°F (93°C) oven for 1 hour. Remove and allow tapioca flour to cool. **

  2. Sift cooked tapioca flour. You should get about 14 oz (396g) of cooked flour. Reserve ¼ cup (1 oz/28g) for dusting wooden molds.
  3. Do not shake coconut milk in can. Open and scoop out about ¾ cup (180ml) coconut cream/thick coconut milk. Set aside.
  4. Cream egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add ⅓ of the cooked tapioca flour and ⅓ of the coconut cream. Mix with a spatula. Continue until all flour and coconut cream are used up.
  5. Gently knead to form a soft dough. If dough appears to be too dry, add 1 to 2 additional tablespoons of coconut cream. Turn dough onto counter to knead if necessary. Dough should be soft but not sticky. Place dough back in the bowl and cover with a moist towel.
  6. Place reserved cooked tapioca flour in a muslin/filter bag. Dust wooden kuih bangkit mold.
  7. Pinch a little dough from the bowl and press into each of the wooden mold indentations. Trim off excess with a butter knife. Gently tap wooden mold on the counter to release molded cookies. Place on a parchment lined baking tray.
  8. If you do not have wooden kuih bangkit mold, you can use small 1 inch cookie cutters. Lightly flour working surface and rolling pin with a little cooked tapioca flour. Gently roll dough out to ¼ inch thick. Dip cookie cutter in cooked tapioca flour and cut into shapes.
  9. Bake cookies in a 325°F (163°C) oven for 20 to 25 minutes depending on the size of the cookies. Bottom of cookies should be lightly browned. Remove and allow cookies to cool completely.
  10. Dot cookies with red food coloring if desired. Store in an air tight container for up to 1 month.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

** Tapioca flour can be prepared ahead of time for up to 2 weeks for it to dry out properly.