Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Matcha Again?!

matcha cookies

Hmmm... Yeah. Sorry, I am really obsessed with Matcha lately. I am sure you will see more Matcha related recipes on my blog until I finally finish using my tiny tin of Matcha powder. I will try to spread them out over the weeks, so Green will not be the only color you see in this blog.As you may recall,I have blogged about the Matcha Brownie and mini matcha cheese tarts here not too long ago. But the first recipe I tried after I acquired the Matcha powder was indeed these Matcha Cookies, which Kelli from Lovescool had so kindly shared on her blog.

matcha cookies


Now you probably have seen it on Fanny, Veronica,Mae and some other beautiful blogs before(sorry I am sure I have seen a lot more bloggers' entries on this sweet but I can't remember where!), and I don't have to sound like a broken record telling you just how amazing these cookies are. I simply love its melt in your mouth texture and distinct matcha flavor. Eating the cookie is almost like drinking the matcha tea itself. However, if Matcha is not your cup of tea, then maybe you would find it a bit grassy.OCT for one, finds the cookies too "green/grassy". I nodded to his comment, and secretly happy that I could have the cookies all to myself! Well, I guess we can say:"one man's meat is another man's poison?" Like how I adore chocolate of high cocoa percentage, but OCT finds it too bitter.Just my 2 cents anyway.

But I am urging you, green tea lovers out there to give this a try, and remember: Don't waste it on your tea-hating friends. They may not enjoy it, so save the precious morsels for yourself!Like how I baked a batch, offered OCT a tiny bite and kept the rest all to myself!

Another batch of matcha cookiesIn Kelli's version, she rolls the cookies in sugar. I followed the method in my first batch but decided to play around with the subsequent batch. Since I always have some sweet tart dough in the freezer, I defrosted some, rolled it thin and glued to the Matcha cookie dough.

After the dough firmed up, the dough was sliced and baked in the oven. I think I like the second version better. The outer ring of sweet tart dough added a nice buttery flavor to the cookies and I prefer the cookies without the crunch from granulated sugar.

Thank you Kelli, for your generosity in sharing your award winning Matcha Cookies recipe! Your recipe nudged me to get my first tin of Matcha powder, and ignited my obsession with Matcha ever since.

Have you made these cookies yet?

Another batch of matcha cookies

23 comments:

Mansi Desai said...

wow, this looks great, really!! I find it hard to spi just the tea by itself, so this would be great for me! I've tasted some green tea desserts before, and yours look glorious...nice color!:)

eatme_delicious said...

Yumm those look great! I saved that recipe a while ago and reading that you loved them is more incentive to make them! I've tried making matcha shortbread but wasn't really happy with the results. And I love your second version!! That one sounds like it would be extremely tasty.

Ellie said...

I haven't made them yet, but they are most definitely on my list of things to make - I think I may try your latter version though, I'd be making these for my pop and I don't know how well his dentures would cope with 'em if they were rolled in crunchy sugar!

missy-j said...

I think I may be the only person in the world who has tried this recipe and didn't like it. Maybe the green tea just is not for me...

I have a questions about the matcha brownies you previously posted. Do they have a strong matcha taste? If I didn't enjoy these cookies, would you still recommend I make the brownies? I usually do like green tea.

*fanny* said...

Mandy,
the cookies from your second batch look so elegant. I'm jealous and need to try this right now!

xxx

veron said...

Whoa! These look adorable. So glad you made them. Hmmn, need to try them with the sweet tart dough , it looks fantastic!

Nora B. said...

Mandy, your second batch is such a wonderful and creative idea. And it looks so pretty too. I'm a bit behind with matcha (or should I call it the green movement??). Still looking around for a good brand, or maybe I am just afraid that if I bought one, I too would be fixated by it. ;-)

Anh said...

Mandy, these are sooooo good! Bookmarked!

tigerfish said...

There is no "again" for Matcha. I love it too. These cookies look like carrom "seeds". :P

Lemongrass said...

Looks yummy!

Little Corner of Mine said...

I have seen this cookie in other blog before. Looks great!

Rasa Malaysia said...

They look too cute and very eatable...I love matcha cakes...beautiful pictures as always...

Anne said...

honestly I haven't tried anytea flavored bakes since I'm not into tea myself but after seeing your cookies, I'll consider trying it some day :)

Kate said...

u can never have enough of matcha :)
the second batch looks absolutely fab . I really like what u have going on here.Thanks for visiting my blog.

Monique said...

Matcha is good and supposedly healthy too, so no need to feel guilty! =P

ovenhaven said...

I'm not a fan of green tea, and as such, have never tried my hands on any matcha bakes, but I have to say that these look absolutely divine! Now, if I can only find matcha-loving friends for me to bake these for... :p

nicisme said...

I have never used matcha but this makes me want to have a go. Great pictures!

Amrita said...

one can never have too much matcha :)

Mandy said...

mansi desai,
thanks. I think the cookies taste milder than the drink itself.

eatme_delicious,
I have bookmarked the earl grey shortbread from your blog to try too. :)

ellie,
the cookies being rich in butter is pretty easy on teeth. But you are right with the crunchy sugar coating.

missy-j,
I know what you mean. The green tea taste in these cookies is really potent due to the amount of matcha used.
I find the matcha cream cheese in my brownie a bit too weak though. You can add a bit more of matcha powder in the cream cheese batter to make the flavor more pronounced, without overwhelming.
Let me know how it works for you!

fanny,
haha, can't wait to see your version!

veron,
I really like the second batch batter. Without the sugar coating.

nora b,
the matcha powder costs a bit...I waited a long time to take the plunge!;p

anh, tigerfish, lemongrass,little corner of mine, rasa malaysia:
thanks!

anne,
no wonder I never seen anything tea related on your blog! haha;p

kate, monique,
thanks!

ovenhaven,
I think it's better to stay away from the whole matcha business. haha. Now that I have started, it's no turning back!Keep thinking of making more things with matcha powder! *shake head*

nicisme & Amrita,
thanks!

Tartelette said...

Congrats on DMMBLGIT!
The cookies are wonderful!

Mae said...

Hi Mandy,

The second batch sounds like a clever idea! They both look great anyhow.

Mmmm... matcha cookies. I'm baking a victoria sponge right now. :)

WokandSpoon said...

This looks great! Keep making those Matcha goodies!

leona said...

Oh my goodness I am going to make matcha cookies asap! I am obsessed with green tea and matcha...

beautiful pictures!

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