Visitors to Malawi can enjoy authentic peanut puffs and other traditional Malawian treats such as banana fritters and sweet potato cookies.
Malawians’ daily staples consist of white maize and vegetables. On special occasions, they would have fish or meat along with maize. Malawians are the warm hearts of Africa. They value family life and community spirit, live with their extended family in huts.
While preparing this article, I kept picturing a Malawian village with many huts. On a clear and beautiful night, parents, grandparents, neighbors and children gathered around an open fire socializing and baking these cookies. In fact, that is how they were traditionally made.
|Butter, softened||½ cup|
|Finely chopped peanuts||¾ cup|
|Vanilla extract||½ tsp|
|All purpose flour||1 cup|
|Powder sugar for rolling|
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Cream softened butter with sugar.
- Add chopped peanuts, vanilla extract and flour. Mix just enough to combine.
- Roll dough into small balls, about 1″ across.
- Bake for about 35 minutes.
- Roll cookies in powder sugar while they are still warm. Roll in sugar again when they are cool if preferred.
- This recipe makes about 2 dozens irresistible peanut puffs.
This recipe is adapted from Desserts Around The World compiled by Lee Engfer.