Posts Tagged ‘Cookies’

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Matcha Tea Cake Cookies

January 16, 2016

As you can probably guess from the lack of activity here, I’ve been a bit preoccupied for the past 7 months! Our daughter Vivienne was born on June 24th after a (very very thankfully) short labor and uncomplicated delivery. So with the arrival of our newest family member, food photography and blogging have unfortunately fallen so far down the to-do list that it’s something that hasn’t even crossed my mind to pick back up until recently.

Poor Vivienne isn’t feeling well this weekend, so while she was getting some much-needed snuggle time with her dad this morning, I decided to try out these easy cookies. I recently cleaned out my cooking magazine stash – I’m hanging on to all my oldĀ Bon Appetit issues, but I looked through my copies of Food and Wine and clipped out recipes that sounded like I might actually make now that my cooking and baking time is much more limited. This cookie recipe was in the February 2015 issue, and while matcha isn’t something I usually keep on hand, I cut it out because their color was so striking (plus they sounded easy to make – no creaming of butter and sugar).

Matcha is a ground green tea powder from Japan. If you’ve ever seen a traditional Japanese tea ceremony performed, matcha is the type of tea used. It’s also used in various Japanese confections like mochi. The green color permeates everything that the powder is mixed with, giving baked goods and sweets an almost unnaturally intense hue.

These cookies may not appeal to everyone, but I really enjoyed the way they turned out! They’re not overly sweet and they have a strong matcha flavor (there are two whole tablespoons of the powder in the dough, plus more for dusting on top), and there’s a hint of almond which complements the green tea flavor nicely. I also enjoyed the cake-like texture – I think it suits the flavor better than a more traditional drop-cookie texture would.

If you’ve enjoyed other Japanese confections made with matcha, I think you’ll love these cookies! If you give them a try, let me know what you think!

Matcha cookies

See recipe

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Snickerdoodles

July 11, 2011

I’m a sucker for pretty much anything with cinnamon and sugar (sticky buns, monkey bread, fried dough at the fair… all are divine), so it’s a given that I love snickerdoodle cookies! Although cookie recipes – especially drop cookies like these – are supposed to be good for beginner bakers, I’ve always had better luck making larger desserts like cakes or pies right from the start of my baking adventures. My oven doesn’t run hot according to my thermometer, but for some reason cookies always go from not-yet-done to overbaked in about ten seconds!

After making snickerdoodles many times, I’ve finally figured out exactly when to remove them from the oven so that they turn out chewy and not crunchy. The directions given with this recipe (which is from the America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking Book) say 10-12 minutes, but I remove them from my oven at 9 minutes 30 seconds (or 10 minutes at the most), no matter how raw they still look in the center. Now that I’m getting more comfortable with baking in general, I think I will be trying more cookie recipes in the near future!

Snickerdoodles

See recipe