Chinese or Lunar New Year is the most important festival celebrated throughout many Asian countries and the celebration just isn’t complete without Chinese New Year goodies and cookies. Every cookie served during Chinese New Year has a meaning and usually the names are associated with some Chinese words or appearance that represent happiness, prosperity, good luck, good health or anything auspicious. Sesame Cookie Balls, better known as laughing or smiling sesame balls are no exception. The natural cracks on these sesame cookie balls when deep fried, resemble smiling faces, hence the name smiling sesame cookie balls.
These traditional Sesame Cookie Balls are served during the New Year to symbolise happiness and laughter, which is why they are a New Year tradition. It also means eating them during the Chinese New Year bring lots of laughter to you and the family and the year that follows will be a very happy one with full of smiles and laughter too. In short, making these smiling sesame cookie balls bring EXTRA smiles for the New Year. These crunchy and delicious sesame cookie balls are usually served as a snack before dinner during Chinese New Year.
Sesame Cookie Balls are actually deep-fried cookie balls rolled in sesame seeds. They are golden in colour as pumpkin paste is added to enrich the colour. Sesame cookie balls are crunchy on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside. Not only are they delicious and ridiculously addictive, they are super easy and quick to make too. To make these cookie balls, just combine well the DRY flour mixture into the WET egg mixture to form a smooth dough. Then form the dough into small balls, coat well in sesame seeds and deep fry over low heat. You should then notice cracks or smiles appearing around the Sesame Cookie Balls. And we’re done!