"Way back in high school in my Home Economics class, we made these African cookies. I just found the recipe again digging through an old box. I remember them being delicious, and I hope you'll find them the same."
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins
48 cookies




  • Combine flour, sugar, and baking powder in medium bowl.
  • Stir in egg and milk until mixture is crumbly.
  • With hands, work in butter until well blended.
  • Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • In heavy skillet over medium heat, heat 1 inch of oil to 365 degrees F.
  • On lightly floured board with floured rolling pin, roll out half of dough to 1/16 inch thickness.
  • With pastry cutter or sharp knife, cut dough into 3 x 2 inch diamonds.
  • Make a slit in center of each diamond and pull an end through the slit.
  • Repeat with remaining dough until gone.
  • Fry a few pieces at a time in hot oil until golden; drain on paper towels; cool.
  • Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.

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  1. Being West African; i found this recipe precisely accurate. Out of curiousity, i followed this recipe to the 'T' and ended up with chin chin that the whole family loves!
  2. I have been in search of proper recipe for chin chin for years now, but didn't find any until i found this one. I made it and it was crunchy and breaks in the mounth without effort. superb!Thanks very much for posting this wonderful recipe by chef #560605
  3. This was very helpful, I ahve been looking for this recipe for a long time, Thank you


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