Friday, January 15, 2010

Matcha Cookies

I was trying to transfer my pictures from the SD card to my harddisk and I always have the habit to "cut and paste".  But after cutting, I may have clicked onto some other buttons accidentally before clicking on "paste" and now I couldn't locate my pictures!  Thank goodness the lost pictures were just what I've baked/cooked and not my children's photographs.  Anyway, since I've just baked the matcha cookies today, I took some more pictures again.  But my matcha cream puffs pictures that I took last week were gone before I even had a chance to blog about it.  There were a few other bakes, stir-fry vegetables and pan fry salmon photographs that I took.  There were a total of 89 pictures, gone!  Lesson learnt, never to ""cut and paste", do an extra step to "copy and paste", then go back to the removable disk to delete.


Back to these cookies.  I was trying to finish up my matcha before expiry and googled, and found a simple recipe here.


MO was really helpful in getting more matcha for me from Japan and he passed me 4 packets of matcha (between 20g and 30g) and a pudding mix.  I've been really fortunate to receive more matcha from him.  In fact, he asked me again last week if I needed more matcha but since I have 2 unopened packets, I kindly decline his kind offer.  Thank you pal!


The recipe originally calls for 20g matcha but I reckon it will be an overdosed so I used 5g (approx 1 tablespoon) instead.  Also I've reduced the sugar slightly and the sweetness is just right for us.  My children (including DD3) love these cookies and kept asking for more ^-^

Makes 49 cookies (3cm x 4cm)

Ingredients
(A)
160g butter, room temperature
70g sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten

(B)
180g all-purpose flour
5g matcha (green tea powder)
*sifted

(C)
50g sliced almonds

Method

  1. In a large bowl, blend the butter until smooth.*
  2. Add the sugar and blend until pale and fluffy.*
  3. Add the egg gradually and mix well.*
  4. Add the sifted Matcha-flour mixture and stir lightly with a rubber spatula, just long enough to make the dough smooth.
  5. Gently mix in the sliced almonds.
  6. Form into two rolls on waxed paper and chill overnight.
  7. Slice thinly (approx. 5mm thick) and placed on prepared baking sheet/tray.
  8. Bake in preheated oven of 180C for 12 - 15 mins.
  9. Remove cookies from cookie sheet to cooling rack and let cool.
Note
It is recommended to use a mixer for Step 1 - 3 but I just used a wooden spoon as I was plain lazy to bring out my mixer.

17 comments:

Shopaholic2802 said...

Yummy..... gonna try to make that also.... : )

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Hahaha, you have mixer, but lazy to take out, I dont have mixer, nothing to take out !! Nice green colour .

Ms Moon said...

It's a great idea to incorporate sliced almonds in the cookie. I recently made some matcha cookies too. I followed the original creator's recipe by rolling them in sugar. Many people shy-ed away from the cookie because the sugar coating made it look very sweet. Omitting the sugar and replacing with almond slices would certainly create an interesting texture and better fragrance to the cookie. Thanks for the great idea! I shall be trying it out very soon.

Ms Moon ^^

Evy said...

Sorry to hear about your photos. I also experienced it before. Quite sad..

Anyway, thanks for sharing matcha cookies. Never tried them before. I am going to make them soon. Have a nice day!

Dodol & Mochi said...

The cookies look very pretty, they sure look and taste good to me!! I've tried a few matcha cookie recipes, but not this very one. I hope I get to try it when time permits. Too many things to try--life's too short!!

Nice photography btw!

Pei-Lin

Happy Homebaker said...

I have been wanting try baking some matcha cookies...your cookies have just given me a push ;)

Blessed Homemaker said...

Shopaholic, rem to take pics ;-)

Sonia, hahaha, you are so funny! I always thought you have a mixer since you are churning out so many yummy cakes.

Ms Moon, coincidentally, I have shortlisted the same recipe you've tried but procrastinating making due to the sugar coating.

Evy, I thought I'm the only one losing pictures like this, and it's not my first time :P

Pei-Lin, to receive this compliment (photography) from you is a big booster to me! Thanks girl!

HHB, I'll be checking out your blog for updates ;-)

wendyywy said...

At first glance tot they were green pea cookies. Hehe.

Blessed Homemaker said...

wendy, how do you know? You just read my mind! I was at the supermarket trying to get hold of a pack of green peas to make some cookies! Unfortunately, they only have mixed nuts.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I just found out about your blog and love it! SK

LisaB. said...

Yum! I've made these in a swirl form before by only putting matcha in half of the dough and flattening and rolling the doughs together. I'd love to see the cream puffs pic.
Here in the States three tree tea dot com (my company) sells straight cooking matcha and ceremonial matcha(in the event that you're unable to secure your supply from Japan).

Ms Moon said...

Lovescool’s recipe had adjusted the sweetness in the dough, so the sugar coating gives an appropriate level of sweetness to the cookie. Looks can be deceiving sometimes, so do not judge a cookie by its looks ^^

Btw, I saw people selling green tea cookies coated with icing sugar at Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie (Paragon basement). Icing sugar gives a nice powdery cool feeling when you touch it with your tongue (if you know what I mean), which can be nice too...

Ms Moon ^^

Queenie said...

thanks for dropping at my blog.. Also I can tell your so good it baking and cooking..

funnyapple said...

Hi! Greeting from Japan!
I didn't know Matcha is famous in other country and liked by many people, thought Matcha is only for Japanese!

Blessed Homemaker said...

SK, thanks for visiting :)

Lisa, what a great idea to make them into swirls! I'll like to make them one of these days.

Ms Moon, icing sugar coating sounds interesting. Think my kids will love it.

Queenie, thanks for your kind words. You are a great cook and I love your recipe cards!

funnyapple, thanks for visiting me. Matcha is well-liked by many Asians and I heart matcha ice cream!

psawyer said...

the cookies look like my fav choc cookies from four leaves bakery! have you tried doing a choc version?

Blessed Homemaker said...

psawyer, I've not tried this with cocoa powder but you can always replace matcha with cocoa powder, I think they will taste good too.