Syawal is over, and it’s back to work for everyone. The open houses and parties have all been done, the Raya decorations have been taken down. Now you go to your coffee table and your see several bottles of leftover Kuih Raya. What are you going to do with these?

Usually, these cookies find their way into the rubbish bin. Before you start throwing away those Raya biscuits, consider using them in other ways. Of course, you should check whether they’re still alright and not moldy. Once that’s done, you can try any one of these ideas:

1. Put Them In Your Milkshake

Create a cookies and cream milkshake for a snack, or on hot days when you need something cold and comforting. This recipe goes best with cookies that are plain vanilla or chocolate flavored.

Ingredients:

1 cup Raya cookies
2 scoops vanilla ice-cream
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoon chocolate sauce
Some whipped cream

Method:

Place the vanilla ice-cream, milk and chocolate sauce into a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside. Crumble the cookies or break them in half so that they become bite sized pieced. Place a layer of milkshake in a tall glass up to a third full, then layer on the cookies. Repeat until glass id fully filled to the brim. You can spray some whipped cream and more cookie bits on top for good measure.

Chocolate cookies and cream milk shake
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2. Use Them As a Pie Base

You can whip up a no bake pie in minutes, using your leftover kuih Raya as a pie base. Basically, you have to crumble the cookies, mix some melted butter in and press the mixture to the bottom of a pie tin. Here’s an easy no-bake peanut butter pie that’s so easy, you can even make it after work as a treat.

Ingredients

2 cups leftover cookies, crumbled into fine crumbs
5 tablespoons of butter, melted
2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 box instant chocolate pudding mix
2 tablespoons butter for filling
1 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
Some whip cream

Method:
Combine crumbled cookies with melted butter. Mix and then press evenly into the bottom of a 9 inch pie tin. Mix the peanut butter, sugar, 2 tablespoon of melted butter and then lay it into a layer on top of the cookie crust. Then, mix together the chocolate pudding powder with the milk for several minutes until a smooth texture forms. Fold in the heavy cream. Pour this as the top layer of the pie. Pop the pie tin into the refrigerator for an hour or until completely set. Spray whipped cream on the top for an extra garnish. Serve cold.

Pie with cookie crust
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3. Make Spreadable Cookie Butter

This recipe is best done with kuih Semperit cookies, or shortbread cookies that are plain tasting. Once you make the cookie butter, it can be spread on things like bread or used as a topping for cakes, muffins and the like. One healthy option to consume it is to use it as a dip for cut fruits like apples, starfruit and the like. You can also use it as a topping for yogurt or dip rice crackers in it.

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups leftover cookies
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 tablespoons coconut oil
Pinch of salt

Method:
Crush the cookies in a food processor until it reaches a fine granulated texture. Then add in the milk, cinnamon powder, allspice, vanilla essence, salt and coconut oil. Give the food processor a spin for another minute or two. You should get a smooth, buttery consistency. If your cookie butter is to thick, add a little milk until the right texture is achieved.

Home made cookie butter
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4. Use Them as Toppings

You won’t believe how easily a simple bunch of crushed cookies can brighten up some of your everyday foods. This one just requires you to crumble some cookies into bite sized pieces of smaller. If you don’t have a food processors, you can fill a sealed clear sandwich bag with the cookies, and then use a heavy object (like a rolling pin) to beat it to the desired consistency.

Some of the things you can top with crushed cookies include ice cream, yogurt, oats, fruit salad and pancakes.

Ice cream pops with cookie toppins
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5. Add Them to Your Sweet ‘Bubur’

Spruce up your sweet bubur cha cha, bubur jagung or bubur kacang with some crunchy bits. Trust us, you won’t regret it. All you have to do is cut the cookies in halves or quarters. Fry them in some butter until they get golden brown. When serving bubur of any kind for dessert, just put a handful on top as a garnish.

Sweet porridge Hyderabadi style
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6. Turn it Into a Pudding

Although it might seem strange, this recipe is actually quite common. Basically, you have to soften the cookies in milk first, before

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of Raya cookies
4 large eggs
2 tablespoon fine sugar
2 cups milk ( unsweetened)
2 tablespoons of Milo/ cocoa powder

Method:

Soak the cookies in warm milk until they’ve softened up. This may take up to an hour or more, depending on the cookies you use. Add the softened cookies and milk to a blender or food processor, then add the eggs, cocoa or Milo powder and sugar. Blend until you reach a smooth consistency. Pour the mixture into molds and let it cool on the counter. Once cooled, pop them into the fridge to solidify for at least one hour.

chocolate biscuit mousse pudding
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