Crunchy Oven Baked Chin-Chin - My Mom's Recipe

Chin chin is a nigerian snack made with very few ingredients. You can make them as crunchy  or as soft. I always have these at home, my 2 years old loves it and its hubby's best snack. 

I have never tried baking them before but I did a little experiment, they came out  perfect and very crunchy. Here is how I achieved that...

Ingredients Required

60g butter (at room temperature) or 1/4 cup sunflower oil
2 eggs
4 and 3/4 cups plain flour
1 tablespoon vanilla extracts
2 nutmegs (grated)
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup sugar (you can add more if you love sugar)
Pinch of salt
Frying oil for deep frying, If you want that option


Deep fried crunchy chin chin

Step 1

Add all the ingredients into a mixer or a bowl, mix until properly combined

Step 2

Transfer the dough onto a work surface and knead for about a minute or until smooth

Step 3

With the add of a rolling pin, roll out the  chin-chin dough until flat

Step 4

Cut the dough into small cubes or any sizes or shapes desired.

If you want a different look, follow the steps in the picture and see how you can create my mom's old fashioned chin-chin design. She said, "this is how we used to do it in my parents house. People started making cubed ones because it is quicker and easy" I MUST SAY, IT TOOK US FOREVER TO GET ALL THAT TWISTED!!!

cut the rolled dough into cubes and then make a small incision in the middle of the cubed dough
stretch the incised cubed dough
turn in one of the ends through the incision

If you wish to fry, please follow steps 5&6

Step 5 

In a wok or big pot, add a lot of frying oil, like half of the wok/pot. Heat up until very hot, then fry the chin chin until golden brown. Remember to continually stir the chin chin while they are frying, so as to fry evenly.

Step 6 

Transfer the fried chin chin on a tray lined with kitchen tissue. Allow to cool down and then you can store in the freezer or in an air tight container

Step 7

Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees celsius. Place all the cut chin-chin onto individual baking trays lined with baking paper. Pace into the over, bake for about 20 minutes and then turn up the oven to 180, bake for another 15 minutes or until they are browned or properly baked.

Step 8

Transfer onto a tray and all cooling. Then munch away...

Oven baked crunchy chin chin
oven baked twisted chin chin

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