Malaysian woman's recipe for 'Famous Amos cookies' goes viral, shared 200,000 times

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A woman from Malaysia claims that she has the recipe for Famous Amos cookies. (Photo: Getty Images)

Good news for all you people out there who have taken up baking as a pastime amid the coronavirus stay-home orders: a kind netizen has apparently cracked the code for the coveted recipe for Famous Amos cookies, and shared it online.

A Facebook user by the name of Baizura Muhammad posted the recipe and photos of the cookies she made last month. According to her Facebook profile, she is a professional make-up artist from Shah Alam, Malaysia. Baizura tagged her friend Anney Z Mustapha in her post, saying that the recipe was from Anney.

Many people have shared recipes for their attempts at replicating the popular cookies, but none perhaps have gone quite so viral. In the span of a few weeks, Baizura’s Facebook post has been shared more than 215,000 times.

Baizura wrote in Malay, “The recipe is very easy, just use a ladle to stir the mixture until it’s even, then pinch with your hands and bake! It’s so easy, you could even bake with your children! This mixture can fit four wide jar containers, and this recipe makes it great for you to share with your neighbours! Even if you can’t celebrate Hari Raya in your hometown, we all can be fat together!”

Below are the ingredients and recipe. Go on, try making the cookies yourself at home and tell us in the comments below whether they have the scrumptious crunchiness that Famous Amos is known for. The proof is in the pudding!

250g of butter
1 ¼ cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
1 egg
2 ½ cups of wheat flour
½ cup of corn flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate
6 tablespoons of cooking oil
2 cups of chocolate chips
Add almond flakes if preferred

Instructions (translated from Malay)

  1. In a mixing bowl, mix 250g of butter with brown sugar and vanilla essence. Break in the egg. Do not use a mixer; stir gently with a ladle or spoon, just to make the mixture even. If you want to use your hands, that’s good too.

  2. In the same mixing bowl, add wheat flour, corn flour, sodium bicarbonate, baking powder, and cooking oil. Mix evenly, with a slow movement.

  3. When the mixture is even, add two cups of chocolate chips and stir them in slowly.

  4. Add almond flakes or almond nibs, cornflakes, or Nestum oats, as you please. Stir well.

  5. Cover the bowl of cookie dough and put it in the fridge for 20 minutes. Make sure your batter turns a bit harder. If your fridge is not cold, leave it in a while longer.

  6. Grease your baking tray with some butter. Pinch the cookie dough into little blobs and arrange them on the tray.

  7. Pre-heat the oven to 150 degrees, then bake for 20 minutes.

  8. Remove the cookies from the oven. Let them cool so they will be crunchy.

  9. Enjoy your “Famous Amos cookies”!