Chin Chin

Chin chin is a popular West African snack that is crunchy, slightly sweet, and often flavored with spices. Here’s a basic recipe for making chin chin:


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Optional: Nutmeg or cinnamon for flavoring
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  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Add the cold, cubed butter to the dry ingredients. Use your fingers or a pastry cutter to incorporate the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and add the milk and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix until a dough forms.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it for a few minutes until it becomes smooth.
  6. Roll out the dough to about 1/4-inch thickness.
  7. Cut the dough into small squares or rectangles. You can use a knife or a pizza cutter for this.
  8. Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer or a heavy-bottomed pot to around 350-375°F (175-190°C).
  9. Fry the cut pieces of dough in batches until they are golden brown. Make sure not to overcrowd the pot to allow even frying.
  10. Use a slotted spoon to remove the fried chin chin and place them on paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  11. Allow the chin chin to cool completely before serving. They will become crunchier as they cool.

Optional: If you like, you can add a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon to the dry ingredients for extra flavor.

Enjoy your homemade chin chin! You can store them in an airtight container once they have cooled.

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