Delicate and meticulous task

Goodies to be shared: Lye showing the ox-shaped cookies at her home in Bandar Perda. — LIM BENG TATT/The Star

BUKIT MERTAJAM: Delicately-made ox-shaped cookies have started rolling out of the oven in Jenny Lye’s kitchen in time for her family and friends to usher in the Year of the Ox.

The 54-year-old housewife, who started baking about 15 years ago, said she did not bake in large quantities.

This is because shaping the horns, nose and eyes on each portion of the dough takes up a lot of time.

“It is based on a German cookie recipe using butter, icing sugar, potato starch and plain flour.

“I use black sesame seeds to decorate the eyes.

“It is quite tedious as I need to use tweezers to ensure the seeds are placed at the right spot.

“Six-hour work will produce only six jars of cookies, ” she said at her home in Bandar Perda.

Lye, who got the idea to make the cookies this year from friends and social media, said she never really planned to sell the cookies through bulk orders.

“I only sell to my close friends, but most of the cookies may be given out as gifts in the end, ” she said.

Lye started baking during weekends as a hobby when her son was still schooling.

“I would bake him cookies to be presented as gifts to his teachers.

“Now that ‘Ah Boy’ is grown up and in university, I just bake for my close friends, ” she said.

Since she does not bake in large quantities, she has the time to focus on quality.

“I will only start baking when it’s close to Chinese New Year to ensure freshness.

“Having more time also allows me to explore my creativity, ” she said.

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