The Sweet Spot

Pastry Chef & Traveler

Let’s welcome the year of snake! 蛇年大吉 !

Hello all!!



CNY_home_assorted cookies

Last week (or 2 weeks ago) I wasn’t expecting to bake any cookies as my mom usually buys from the morning market just 5 minutes away from our house. They do have some nice ‘chicken’ biscuits, kuih loyang and green bean biscuits. And I usually get pineapple tarts from my mom’s hairstylist’s friends or my aunty who bakes them at home. But just this week, I didn’t see her buy any pineapple tarts!! (I’m starting to get worried) So I happily decided, just 4-5 days before CNY that I’m going to attempt making pineapple jam and tarts at home.

A few years ago, my other aunt cooked the jam and made the tarts in our house (cause our oven was bigger, and i had a bigger mixer) But omg it was …… not a very nice experience lol!! So after that I told her, ok I don’t wanna make cny biscuits anymore at home

CNY_home_candied cashew nuts
Candied Cashew Nuts

Anyway, after moving to the new house, space is like x times bigger, my itchy hands decided to make the call.

Then, I bought some stuffs and made these cookies after work (sigh, after work still OT at home la!!) and in between, gotta bring my dogs to grooming la, this la that la… traffic jam la.. ANYWAY…

CNY_home_pineapple tarts 2

Melt in your mouth enclosed pineapple tart

CNY_home_nastar pineapple tart

Perfect buttery crumbly Nastar Pineapple tarts

I managed to make 2 types of pineapple tarts, enclosed and nastar, green pea cookies, cranberry and rose shortbread, candied cashew nuts and roasted almond, and Danish butter cookies. Of course with the help of my mom to roll the pineapple cookies also la..

Some are new recipes, some are old revisited recipes. I guess I will only be able to update them after CNY.

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Assorted cookies and nuts

 CNY_home_pineapple tarts

Mom calls it “mini polo bun” does it not look like it ? hahaha 

CNY_home_nastar pineapple

Nastar Pineapple Tarts


 CNY_home_cranberry shortbread

Ice box cookie; Rose and Cranberries shortbread

CNY_home_green pea cookies

Green Pea cookies

 CNY_home_Danish butter cookies

Danish Butter Cookies


Hopefully next time I’ll be able to do more. Store bought cookies are getting SO SO EXPENSIVE lately it’s crazy.

These are some decorations in and out the house 😉







This festive season, drive safe!! 出入平安 :)

Wishing you all a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year and a wonderful celebration filled with joy and peace with your family and friends :)
















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10 Comments on Let’s welcome the year of snake! 蛇年大吉 !

  1. Baby Sumo
    Friday, February 8, 2013 at 10:12 PM (3 years ago)

    Wah you made so many cookies! I dont have time this year… hopefully next yr can make some too.

    Anyway Happy CNY to you and yr family! x

    • Swee San
      Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 2:59 PM (3 years ago)

      Thanks Yen :) Happy New Year to u and ur family too :)

  2. Alice
    Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM (3 years ago)

    Hi Swee San, Gong Xi Fa Cai to u and family :) Thats alot of cookies u made! :)

  3. Candy Cheung
    Monday, February 11, 2013 at 9:26 AM (3 years ago)

    Gong Hei Fatt Choi, Swee San! Wow, you weren’t going to bake any this year, but you churned out all this good-looking cookies!

  4. Lim Eunice
    Monday, February 11, 2013 at 1:38 PM (3 years ago)

    happy chinese new year ya Swee San! ^^

  5. Joyti
    Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 4:09 PM (3 years ago)

    Congratulations on the bigger house and baking all those CNY goodies.
    And Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family.

  6. Kelly Siew
    Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 2:27 PM (3 years ago)

    I love how you said you weren’t going to bake but somehow managed to produced so many varieties! Happy CNY!

    • Swee San
      Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 6:03 PM (3 years ago)

      Lol, I know … indecisive of which cookie to make, so i made all!

  7. Lee
    Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:40 AM (3 years ago)

    Hi, love this posting and those beautiful cookies.
    You are a good photographer. Great pics, outstanding!
    Wishing you all the very best this Snake year, keep a song in your heart.

    • Swee San
      Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 6:01 PM (3 years ago)

      Thanks Lee

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