Saturday, 19 January 2013

Copycat Famous Amos Cookies, CNY (Chinese New Year)
山寨版 Famous Amos 曲奇, 春节


My elder one has been pestering me for making Famous Amos cookies for some time. Whenever we pass by a Famous Amos outlet in a Shopping Mall, she would ask me to buy a pack of 200g-300g. The aroma of Famous Amos cookies is simply irresistible. “They are so crunchy and delicious! Can you make these cookies, mom?”

Sure, I can. It’s just that these cookies are too sweet and she may eat them non-stop. I quietly dropped the idea of baking Famous Amos cookies.

Yesterday, while doing spring cleaning in preparing for upcoming CNY (Chinese New Year), my daughters said they could not feel the atmosphere of CNY at all.  I told them I would bake new year cookies this weekend, and that surely would make them feel the spirit of CNY. They cheered for it and simultaneously, they suggested Famous Amos cookies!


Famous Amos as CNY cookies?  I giggled with glee. Never thought of that... but why not? We had Chinese dumplings on Christmas eve, and now Famous Amos cookies for CNY!

After googled the recipe and read some reviews, it seems to me that,  high quality grated chocolate bar and oatmeal are the key to these crunchy yet chewy Famous Amos cookies. Missing either one, Famous Amos would just be normal chocolate chip cookies. I decided to cross reference some of the recipes and, as usual, developed my own one.

My copycat Famous Amos cookies have ~95% similarity to the real one. My elder one exclaimed with excitement after her first bite into the cookies:" Mom, this is Famous Amos!" , and there gone my 1st batch.  I saw a big smile on her face, as sweet as the cookies!


COPYCAT FAMOUS AMOS CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES


INGREDIENTS

- 250g butter
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1 1/2 cup plain flour
- 1 1/2 cup grounded oatmeal
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 200g Chocolate chips
- 200g Cadbury Milk Chocolate bar, grated
- 100g chopped nuts (optional),

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven at 200degC.
  2. Cream the butter and both sugars with an electric mixer.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla essence, mix well.
  4. Fold in flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda.
  5. Add chocolate chips, grated chocolate bar. Mix well with a spatula.
  6. Spoon dough by teaspoon (size of a lollypop), leave 2 inches apart to allow to spread.
  7. Bake at 200 degC for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.

9 comments:

  1. 好漂亮的山寨版那,坚决支持山寨!

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  2. hello....can you explain to me the meaning of "grated" chocolate bar?

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  3. Hi Pei San,

    Grate the chocolate bar with a grater ;)

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  4. ohhhh.....thank you very much.....will try this soon for CNY...hihihi

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  5. I would bake new year cookies this weekend, and that surely would make them feel the spirit of CNY./ happy new year 2016 cards

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  6. Mom, this is Famous Amos!" , and there gone my 1st batch. I saw a big smile on her face, as sweet as the cookies! happy new year 2016 sms

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  7. hi, can I confirm the Cadbury Milk Chocolate Bar you are referring is not the type for baking purpose? It is the usual consumer eating chocolate bar?

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  8. Ya, just the usual chocolate bar, not for baking one.

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  9. Hi, i followed your recipe but mine spread until it becomes flat. not like famous amos rugged shape. can i reduce the amount of baking powder or baking soda?

    Wendy

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