Oct 042010

see the top cookie? i made some without the granulated sugar coating which i much prefer ;)

I’m sure you have seen these cookies somewhere.

If it’s not here, then it will definitely be there. These cookies are that famous i tell ya!

Even without all the raves on the food blogosphere, hearing the name of the cookies alone can get me excited already. Grin. Green tea! Matcha! Importantly, matcha and sablé! Umm… nuff’ said ;)

Green Tea Sable Cookies

(makes about 50, from Okashi by Keiko Ishida)

240g plain flour (chilled)
15g green tea powder (matcha powder)
150g unsalted butter, at room temperature
130g icing sugar –> i reduced to 100g but in the near future, will reduce even more to 90g
pinch of salt
2 egg yolks
granulated sugar
1 egg white
green tea leaves (optional)

Sift flour and green tea powder twice. Set aside.

Beat butter, icing sugar and salt until soft and creamy. Add egg yolks and mix well. Add flour and green tea powder mixture and fold in with a spatula. Cover dough with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

Divide dough in half. Place both portions in two large pieces of parchment paper. Shape into logs about 3.5cm in diameter. Wrap logs with parchment paper and refrigerate until firm. If not using immediately, wrap with cling film and freeze. Cookie dough can be kept for up to 2 months in the freezer.

Preheat oven to 150′C. Cut logs into 7mm thick rounds. Dip edges in granulated sugar. Place cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 25 minutes, then remove and leave to cool on wire rack before serving. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 10 days.

ps : do not place the unbaked cookies on the pre-heated cookie sheet like what my helper did when i coincidentally happened to be in the toilet then, unless you wanna get uneven + melted granulated sugar coating and chao-tar (burnt) bottoms like mine :P


Note : i dislike the sugar that coats around the cookies. pretty yes but too sweet! for all my future bakes, i’d omit the sugar unless i’m photographing :P


Hmmm… if you are on some diet programme or trying to lose weight, do not .. i repeat, DO NOT attempt this. Don’t say i didn’t warn you! These little green monsters morsels are completely addictive!!!! So so good. I grabbed the whole jar and refused to let go. The boys were madly in love with it too! Like me, they grabbed another jar and ate all by themselves. Haha!

Needless to say, the cookies were gone within 2 days.

  25 Responses to “Matcha Sablé Cookies”

  1. Hey Cherie!

    Your cookies look sooo delicious! I happened to bake a batch of them last week and was just munching on one just now. These are really good! The texture’s the best part about these for me though :). The green tea flakes you sprinkled on top of them looked sooo pretty!

  2. ooi..i have been wanting to bake this for ages but i never got round doing it..hahahaha..even you beat me to it..;) got to put this up the priority list..

  3. i have heard nothing but rave about these cookies! I don’t care. i’m baking these!!

  4. talented woman! :D

  5. wow! seemed like you have updated quite a lot lately. while, i have been busy gearing up for my upcoming German language exam end of this month. Gentar ahh! i enjoy following your blog, the pictures are fantastic and the food, i bet they are divine!! Thanks for sharing, Sherie!

  6. Looks delicious and I could imagine how it would melt in my mouth… yum!

  7. my goodness! i love to bake matcha in to cakes and cookies. these look just divine!

  8. By the way you’ve raved about this, I think I should really give this a try!

  9. Yum. These look fantastic.

  10. Lov yr site! and yr pics are fantastic … the matcha cookies look especially yummy!!

  11. I’m so suaku, not heard of it! haha But it looks gorgeous in your photos, and I love anything matcha :)

  12. alison : what a coincident! :) like yourself, i love the texture too! so crispy! and secretly, i dig the accidental chao tar bottom :P

    faithy : hahahaaa.. talk about to-bake-list. sigh. mine’s as long as the train. these days, i have no list anymore.. i cannot keep up already!

    anh : 4 words – you won’t regret it!

    ann + trish : thank you! :))

    nina : and i enjoy reading your comment. so personal.. so like an old friend *wink*. All the best for your exam! Gentar… tak usah lah.. sure boleh!! ^_^

    mycookinghut : very crispy .. but not so much of melt in the mouth like “melting moments” effect though :)

    joy the baker : same here! green tea in cakes and cookies is irresistible!

    shirley : yes yes yes!!

  13. Love the crisp of those cookies. Beautiful shots!

  14. I think I will have to try this one too….can’t take my eyes off the screen. :-))

  15. Fabulous looking cookies. I can imagine how good they taste!

  16. The cookies look dense and perfect with…hmmm… tea or black coffee?

  17. i am surprised the boys like it. Matcha seems like a flavour more suited for the grown ups. :)

  18. Looks delicious! I love matcha!

  19. Love your sense of humour. And to be honest this is the first time I’ve heard of these little beauties! I bet that jar is empty now!

  20. noobcook : oh u haven’t?!?! Yay! So ahem.. u now hear and see it first from me! :P

    jessie + 3hungrytummies + maria : thank youuuuuu!

    angie : yes, u must (!) .. unless u’re on diet :P but then, i’m also on diet. oh well, boo to diet i’d say!

    tigerfish : latte for me! *wink*

    john : *grin* why, thank you! it’s really easy to love these cookies i tell ya.. empty yes! quite sometime ago too!

    crusta : they’re trained that’s why! heheeee!

  21. 3 kids and you still do such wonderful thing in the kitchen.. wow.. nice..
    I like your photos btw.

    I have Keiko Ishida’s book, and really like her recipes.

    Btw, 1 of your earlier recipe calls for eggwhite powder, do you live in Singapore or Malaysia? I would love to know where I can get eggwhite powder. In Malaysia, we get meringue powder, but not eggwhite.

  22. ian : just retrieved your comment from my SPAM box. heheee! But yeah, otherwise.. WELCOME and thank youuuuu! :D

    zmm : *grin* that’s because i’ve a wonderful helper. otherwise i doubt i’d be doing so much baking etc! yup! she has wonderful recipes doesn’t she? i live in Singapore but i’m from Malaysia :) Ahhh.. so, can you substitute the meringue powder for egg white powder? perhaps they are the same thing. just that in 2 different countries, they are being called differently? did you check?

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