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In Cookies on August 15, 2009 at 1:09 pm

maybe blogging’s not my thing cuz I’m always too lazy to take photos and post them. blah

so my mom has a friend gathering, asking me to make some stuff…

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The cookies are lime meltaways (from martha stewart website) i’ve made them many many times before…meaning they’re very good. I took the photo while they’re cooling and waiting for a bath in powdered sugar.

The other roundish things are matcha “cookies” with taro filling. I bought the canned taro filling from some chinese mart, but making it yourself is pretty easy too. Just cut the giant taro into chunks, then steam it, then puree/crush with sugar and some butter until it’s the right taste for you!

The skin is almost like a quick puff pastry in that it’s got (or suppose to have) many layers:

matcha1If you’re interested, here’s the recipe:

Matcha balls with Taro Filling

Water dough:

151 grams all purpose flour

57 grams butter or shortening

18 grams powdered sugar (regular sugar is ok too)

62 grams water

divide this into 36 gram pieces

Butter dough:

123 grams flour

5 grams matcha powder

64 grams butter or shortening

divide this into 24 gram pieces

1. wrap each butter dough (the green one) inside the water dough. roll out slightly with rolling pin, and roll it into a scroll. Flatten again, and roll again to form a small log. Cut log in half and flatten with cut side down. wrap filling inside.

For the filling, each portion will use 35 grams or taro paste.

For detailed pictures on how to make the skin, go to this website: http://www.meishichina.com/Eat/Nosh/200903/58977_2.html

After making the cookies, bake at 350 F for 25 minutes

Butter cookies

In Cookies on July 17, 2009 at 8:46 pm

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just like those sold in stores, except better cuz i made them. The recipe’s from this chinese baking book i got a few years ago, all measurements are in grams…because we’re exact people…yea

Just for the heck of it, i dipped the cookies in melted milk chocolate chips

Butter Spritz Cookie:

Yields 30 cookies (depending on size)

100 grams butter, softened

80 grams powdered sugar

90 grams all purpose flour

76 grams bread flour (it’s probably fine if you use all normal flour)

40 grams egg (about 1 small egg)

16 grams powdered milk (i didn’t use this because i didn’t have any…and because chinese powdered milk is alot more fine then American powdered milk, so it wouldn’t have worked very well)

pinch of salt

chocolate of your choice, for dipping

1. I dumped everything into a food processor and whirled until smooth…very easy

2. I piped the dough using a large star tip onto ungreased parchment lined sheet pan.

2. Bake in 350F oven for 15-20 minutes, until slightly golden around the edges.

3. cool for a few minutes before dipping into chocolate

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Strawberry Jam Oat Bars

In Baking, Bars, Oatmeal, Cookies on June 29, 2009 at 3:43 pm

lots of oatmeal+jam+butter= something really yummy

tastes even better then it looks

tastes even better then it looks

I adapted this recipe from allrecipes.com

Jam Oatmeal Bars

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 cup flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

pinch of salt ( i used salted butter and skipped the salt)

1 cup rolled oats ( i used instant oats)

1 stick butter

3/4 cup jam ( I used strawberry preserve)

1. mix together flour, sugar, oats, baking soda, salt. Cut in butter (i did this in a food processor)

2. Pat 2 cups of the mixture into a 8×8 baking pan. Spread jam leaving 1/2 inch border. Crumble the rest of the oat mixture on top, and press into jam gently

3. bake at 350F for 35-40 minutes. Cool before cutting (or eat with a spoon like i did cuz i was too impatient to wait for it to cool)jam bar1

PB Cookies

In Cookies on June 28, 2009 at 3:21 am

There’s rarely peanut butter in my house… no one really eats it. i know, it’s crazy…but we’re asian

The other day, i finally convinced myself to try out a PB cookie recipe (cuz they’re yummy) I found a really appealing recipe on smitten kitchen website/blog

Yummy pretty cookies

Yummy pretty cookies

They were a little too sweet for my taste (probably due to the sugar coating) but they were still really good. Give it a try!

Have to have COOKIES

In Cookies on April 25, 2009 at 10:54 pm

I needed to get all my baking energy out before going back to college for the week. My mom requested oatmeal raisin cookies, so…I use the recipe i always use: the one from the Quaker oatmeal can.

Oatmeal raisin cookies= chewy goodness

Oatmeal raisin cookies= chewy goodness

I also made a small batch of match shortbread. matcha’s like the next big thing in cooking it’s freaken everywhere. it totally fits as the green movement for better enviornment YEA GO MATCHA! I used the recipe from loveschool

Matcha Shortbread

Matcha Shortbread

peace out

I like bRoWnies

In Bars, Cookies on April 24, 2009 at 9:13 pm
bitten brownie

bitten brownie

I’ve always brownies from the box. *stares at ingredients* omg there’s more sugar then flour…

yea, well, i finally made my own! -Using the King Arthur Flour recipe. I’ve heard alot of good reviews from various other food fanatics, and it doesn’t require chocolate (only cocao powder) it’s fudgy and chewy and delicious and good and chocolaty/cocaoy yumminess with cream cheese on top. There you go, go make it and eat it all

swirls of magic

swirls of magic

See, the key if you actually want to see your swirls is to go easy on the topping! I finally learned that after…many tries. i used to just lay it on and get this massive layer of cheesiness (good, but massive)