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Seven Sweet Peanut Nuggets topped with crushed peanuts on a white plate.

Sweet Peanut Nuggets

A recipe for Sweet Peanut Nuggets from the cookbook, Easy Chinese Recipes! Chewy rice balls are boiled, then coated in a sweetened ground peanut mixture.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword China, Chinese, dessert, peanut
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 24 Nuggets


Glutinous Rice Balls:

  • 8 ounces (250 grams) glutinous (sticky) rice flour
  • 3/4 cup (185 milliliters) water
  • Water for boiling
  • 3 tablespoons roasted peanuts coarsely chopped, to garnish


  • 3 ounces (75 grams) ground peanut
  • 3 ounces (75 grams) fine sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds lightly toasted


  • Add the glutinous rice flour into a big bowl and pour the water in slowly, kneading it while adding the water until it becomes a dough. The dough is ready when it's no longer sticky and the surface becomes smooth, about 10 minutes. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into two equal portions and roll the portions into two cylinders. Cut each cylinder into 12 equal pieces.
  • Gently roll each piece of the dough into a ball shape using both palms.
  • Mix all the ingredients for the coating in a bowl until thoroughly blended. Set aside.
  • Bring the water to a boil in a pot. Gently transfer the glutinous rice balls into the boiling water and boil until they float to the top, about 2 minutes.
  • Remove the rice balls with a strainer or slotted spoon, shake off the excess water and then coat them generously with the coating. Garnish the nuggets with the chopped roasted peanuts and serve immediately.