Hari Raya cookies ready?
Not yet because you feel bored with the old selection?
Come try these cookies instead!
I am sure by now many of you are scratching your heads trying to think of new and delicious cookies to serve for Raya. While pineapple tarts are one of those evergreen cookies that is served in every household, nothing will set your open house session apart from the others when everyone happens to be serving up pineapple tarts and you happen to be the 5th or 6th house your guests have visited that day.
So, in order to make an impression and keep the conversation going, I present to you new-age cookies! It will make your house memorable to your guests who will definitely await the next Raya to come visit you. So, let’s check these cookies out!
Whether it is huge, chewy, crispy or colourful, meringues are a reliable treat that will rise and shine in any occasion including during Raya. Meringues are definitely one of the must have treats for Raya as it does not only attract the younger crowd but also the older adults who just love their sweets. It is advisable to buy or make mini meringues since these little guys are often packed with sugar.
- Almond Biscuits
Nuts have always been the go-to ingredient in Raya cookies. To those who want something traditional with a modern twist, we suggest you try to make/bake/ buy any almond biscuit available in the market. This year I foresee that almond biscuits will be making a comeback and every home will be storing this special cookie in order to serve their beloved family, friends and guests.
- Mini Pretzels
These mini pretzels are normally sweetened by being dipped in caramel or chocolate sauce. The saltiness of the pretzel together with the sweetness of the chocolate and caramel is just a perfect combination. You will not be able to stop at one, two or three crunchy bites. I highly recommend dipping these mini pretzels in caramel sauce! Delicious!
- Mini Cupcakes
Cupcakes, especially the mini ones have always been a favourite of many Malaysians, both young and old. With cupcakes being the in-thing right now, mini ones with its cute size and flavourful fillings, will surely get your guests salivating and enjoying every bite without the mess of crumbs for you to clean up later. I’m sure everyone is looking for the next great mini cupcakes to serve during their Hari Raya open house. My suggestion – red velvet cupcakes or go traditional with flavours like pandan or gula melaka to impress your guests.
- Pepero Chocolate
To those who love the idea of eating a nutty and chocolatey Pocky stick, why not make some to enjoy during the first day of Raya? Apparently this chocolate stick is becoming really popular among Malaysians especially once applied with unique flavours. Just try different kinds of flavours first before choosing the best that will leave your house-guest sticking for more.
- Mini Cinnamon Rolls
Even though this is not a conventional type of cookie that you would normally find in houses during Hari Raya, it is definitely a unique snack that should be mentioned and considered as one of the options for Raya. Cinnamon rolls nowadays no longer just taste, well, like cinnamon. You can now get them in flavours and colours such as strawberry, blueberry and chocolate. These swirly-shaped snacks are not only fun to look at but fun to eat as well!
- Oreo Pops
Got plenty of unfinished Oreos at home and no Hari Raya cookies prepared? No worries, be creative and think outside the milk-and-cookie realm of Oreos. It is undeniably everyone’s favourite cookie so, if you turn them into something festive, the more fun it is to eat them! Oreo pops are basically Oreos attached to an ice-cream stick and covered with colourful sprinkles. It will make your Oreo-eating experience exciting and new. I love anything crunchy for Hari Raya so Oreo pops are the way to go.
To those who crave for something sugary sweet than look no further, because macaroons are the new Hari Raya cookie. Unlike the meringue which is just egg whites beaten and baked till hard, macaroons require skills to make. The perfect macaroon must be hard on the outside and gooey in the centre. Lately, every post on Instagram or Facebook has been bombarded with pictures of macaroons, particularly those colourful, rainbow-like, round –shaped macaroons that do not only look good but taste just as great too. One can never go wrong with macaroons; well, not unless you’re diabetic, then they are a no-no for you. Nonetheless, I foresee that this Raya, many homes will be graced with wonderful macaroons arranged neatly in sealed jars.
- Pie Cookies (lemonade)
After extensive research (by googling a few blogs and talking to a number of Hari Raya cookies’ businesses), I have come to know about some new-age cookies in the shape of pies. Yes, I am not kidding. Imagine bite-size pies with the same rich flavours. Yum! These miniature pies are usually filled with lemonade jam. It apparently has a sour gooey lemonade jam in the middle covered with a crunchy crust. To those who love sour foods, try showing off this treasure of a cookie when guests come over.
- Rainbow Cookies…Feel the Pride
In conjunction with the PRIDE month (nanti google nah 😉 ), it is inevitable that you will see rainbow-coloured treats in the market. Be it rainbow cupcakes, rainbow bagels, rainbow frappes or even Lidah kucing (Disclaimer: no cat’s are harmed during the making of this cookie), rainbows are getting more reception now. This beautiful multi-coloured snack will definitely attract your fellow guests to try them. Rainbow coloured cookies have been making waves over the past 2 years and it has become a trend all on its own. My advice is that you to pick light colours compared to dark ones. If it is going to look anything like a rainbow, the colours should be almost similar to the real thing.
There you go, just some ideas of trendy cookies for you to whip up this Raya. Feel like it is too late? You can also always buy some to munch on!