Cookies, cookies and COOKIES. Who loves cookies? Who doesn’t??? How could you not? My inner fitblr tells me NO! Sugar is bad. sugar makes you sleepy, lethargic and can lethally knock you out for a few hours. (At least that’s what happens to me when I eat anything containing sugar) It’s a terrible habit and sometimes I can’t help it but I’m getting better at control as my sensitivity to sugar increases. I had the urge to bake a while ago. I’ve noticed more recently that it tends to happen within a two week period before my menses though. PMS much? The result of this urge? A MASS cookie baking spree that started off with my curiosity to look for green tea cookies.
Matcha (green tea) cookies
Difficult: easy. Makes: 15-18 cookies
- 150g white flour
- 150g unsalted butter
- 125g sugar/brown sugar, pinch of salt
- 1 Egg
- 1 tbs matcha powder
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 165°C.
- Sift flour, baking soda and matcha/black sesame powder together
- Melt butter and combine with sugar.
- Add a pinch of salt then add the egg.
- Combine all ingredients and add white chocolate chips at the end.
- Drop tablespoonfuls of cookie dough onto pre-lined baking tray
- Bake for 12-15mins (for a soft but chewy consistency, a little undercooked is ok)
Yes, I realise that my green tea cookies have been exposed to a little too much heat hence the cracked surface. The remaining cookie batches turned out just fine though.
Note: Try to experiment with other flavours. For the white chocolate black sesame cookie, I substituted the matcha powder for 3 tbs of black sesame powder. You can buy these at your Asian supermarkets, or try to grind your own black sesame seeds (but sift them through a fine sieve).
Here, have a black sesame cookie.
Other combinations (above clockwise from top left): Chocolate chip and dried berry, Oreo cookie cookie, pineapple and coconut, Oreo cookie cookie (again). Now why did I edit the image like that lol…I must’ve looking at it too long. We also have a scrumptious double dark chocolate cookie (below). To make this I switched the matcha for 1tbs of cocoa powder and added 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chunks/chips.
By the end of this crazy cookie spree baking session, I actually had too much cookie dough left. I only managed to used half of each batch (seven total! but you can only see six of them here) and actually stored the other half of each dough batch in the freezer. Initially I just wanted to throw them out, because by the time I was done baking batch no. 3 I was sick of the sugary morsels and wanted no more (was tasting 1-2 cookies from each batch, you know one when it’s fresh out and one when it’s cooled down of course). But my gut instinct knew that if I didn’t throw them out, then I could enjoy them again a couple of months down the track without having to go through all the hard work of mixing the cookie dough all over again. It would even be better that I could just choose whichever flavour suited my fancy.
Of all the cookies, the chocolate chip and dried berries turned out the most flat and chewy. I may have unconsciously added different amounts of baking powder in each batch. Oreo tasted like Oreos… The matcha cookie had a nice subtle bitterness to it and so did the dark chocolate which made it perfect to have with some coffee. I also liked the black sesame one because it tasted like the Asian black sesame dessert. Pineapple and coconut was interesting but not a personal favourite. For the pineapple I used a concentrated syrup. Some dessicated coconut was thrown in for some good measure as well.
Now if you thought I would eat all the cookies I made then you are wrong.I ended packing them up and giving them away to friends and bringing them into work. There was no way I was going to leave a mountain of cookies at home and expect to resist eating them all while they stare at me. I’m quite happy to state that they all ended up in good homes.