Saturday, January 24, 2009

Cookie Mama Carrie

The name of these cookies is a mystery to me since the day it appeared on the table of Chinese New Year or Hari Raya spread. I think Mama Carrie must be an artist, as the cookie has some sort of fine art strokes. I really enjoyed putting the strokes on, it does not have to be very fancy, just a single stroke or two makes the cookie so elegant.


6 ozs unsalted butter
8 ozs flour
6 tbsp icing sugar
3 tbsp custard powder
3 tbsp milk powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 egg yolk
pinch of salt
Topping :
125 g icing sugar
1/2 egg white
1/2 tbsp corn flour
Chocolate emulco

Sieve custard powder, milk powder, salt and flour together.

Using the food processor, cream butter and icing sugar. Add in vanilla essence and continue creaming.
Add in sieved ingredients and beat till a soft dough is formed.
Remove from food processor and leave to rest for 30 minutes.
Roll to 1/4 inch thick and cut using cookie cutter of your choice.
Arrange the cookies on a tray lined with greaseproof paper or silpat.
Bake at preheated 350 f oven for 10 - 15 minutes.
Let cookies stand for 5 minutes before removing to cool on the baking rack.
When cool, spread the topping, using your finger, it does a better job.
Dip a toothpick into chocolate emulco and sketch on top of the topping.
Put the cookies back to oven which has been turned off, just long enough to set the topping. (the oven temp. should be quite low by now, after all the toppings are done)
Topping :
Mix all ingredients to form a smooth paste



Christine Toh said...

Hi Lily,

I really like your blog. So nice this little cookies, feel like could eat loads of them :-).
Wish you Gong Xi Fatt Chai.

Angie  said...

HA! Lovely cookies....artisan butter cookies....the drawing is very much like Chinese painting.

Happy Chinese Niu Year!

Big Boys Oven said...

Gong Xi Fatt Cai to my fevourite blogger... from us both S&S

pigpigscorner said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai!! They look really pretty!

Regina Chennault said...

Hi Lily,

Your cookies look so GOOD!!! I think I had them before but I don't remember how they taste, will try out this recipe to refresh my memory :) Two questions: where can I buy custard powder and chocolate emulco (what is it anyway?)- I'm in San Francisco Bay Area.


lilyng said...


i know you can get custard powder from california cos my girl friend got me a can from LA.The brand is Lion and there is a lion picture on it. The can is yellow and white in color.

CS said...

Hi Lily,

I'm just wondering, can I substitute chocolate emulco with something else? Like say just melted chocolate? Not really too keen on buying heaps of new ingredients for one recipe. Thanks =)

lilyng said...


you can use food coloring, it does not have to be brown.

San Hung said...

I think the name for this is "marmar carrie". Marmar means marble in malay, hence the marbling effects that distinguishes this cookie.

lilyng said...

san hung

thanks, you could be absolutely right about the name.

Anonymous said...

hi there..

just a small bit of trivia.. Mama Carrie was originally my mom's recipe. She created it sometime in 1987-88. She passed some for our neighbour's kid to try.. he was only 3 or 4 at the time. He loved it and kept asking for more.. and this is how he said it.. "nak biskut, mama garrie buat" (translated: I want the biscuit that Gary's mother makes).. Gary is my elder brother's name.. they way Amin (the neighbour's kid) said it was closer to 'Carrie'.. and that was how the name was birthed.. Mama Carrie

but unfortunately the name got transferred to another recipe as what u know it to be currently.. the original recipe was the tiny foil cups (20 sen size) with melted chocolate over crumbly biscuit and macadamia/hazel nuts

My mom's name is Gaye Choong/Mdm Yew.. she was rather well known as an instructor of cooking/baking in PJ/KL, Ipoh, Taiping and Sitiawan, especially in the 80s.


lilyng said...


thanks, it is great to know. btw i have attended one of your mom's cooking lessons way back in the 80's. How is she? I really like her, she is so professional but unfortunately i lost all her recipes when i moved here. Is there any chance of you sharing some of her recipes?

Anonymous said...

hi lily..

it's great to know that the world is such a small place!

my mom is well.. but she's retired from teaching a while back now..

i had been hoping to take up some of the skills, but was never really keen on being in the kitchen professionally.. i even studied Commercial Cookery while I was based in Australia once.. but i didn't finish my course..

instead, i cook as a hobby.. i'm planning to co-publish a couple of cookbooks with my mom towards the end of this year.. so who knows.. maybe you'll end up having all those recipes again!


lilyng said...


i am so happy to know that your mom is well and that she is going to publish her recipes. is there anyway i can get in touch with her? Does she have an email address?

Anonymous said...

yes she has email, but no computer currently.. i'm giving her my laptop and going to teach her how to use it.. hope it works! :)

yewahhoy (at) gmail (dot) com

lilyng said...


you are a gem. i am sure your mom must be very proud of you. Will certainly write to her and hope you give her your laptop asap so that perhaps i can get to talk to her on skype. my akype address is lilyng9091

deels said...

hi lilyng,

I grew up with this cookies being called "Biskut Mar Mar" which is the Malay name meaning "Marble Biscuits". Mar Mar = Marbles; representing the marbly effect of the icing on these cookies.

Just thought I'd share.

lilyng said...


thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

I do have some of Gaye Choong's recipes.In fact I am now making sugee cake on her recipes.Yes,my aunt attended her classes in Ipoh.

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