The Montreal summer weather is acting funky these days.
People are donning scarves and jackets as the wind sweeps across the town and it’s raining a fair deal. Yesterday, just as I set foot outside once finished work, it started raining puppies and kittens outside (makes me want to rip off the roof hehe) and I got drenched to the bone trying to make it home.
When I reached refuge/home, the only thing I felt like doing was baking. To me, rainy weather and thunderstorms spell baking. As destiny would have it, I chose to make matcha green tea & almond cookies. The taste of these remind me of shortbread, only with a more nutty and more tea-y flavour. These concoctions have a nice delicate texture – thank you pastry flour 😉 . They will melt in your mouth. They will not disappoint.
Here’s how to reproduce these beautiful cookies, just ’cause I know your cookie jar needs filling up, right 😉 :
- – 1 tbsp matcha green tea powder
- – 3/4 cup pastry flour
- – 1/4 cup almond flour (or almond meal)
- – 1/8 tsp. salt
- – 1/8 tsp. baking soda
- – 1/2 tsp. almond extract (optional)
- – 1/3 cup sliced almonds
- – 1/2 cup honey
- – 1/2 cup coconut oil
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Add pastry flour, salt, baking soda, almond flour or meal and matcha green tea powder to food processor and blend.
3. Next, add honey, almond extract (optional) and coconut oil to the mix and continue blending. It’s going to start to look a little swampy.
4. If your cookie dough is too wet and thus hard to manipulate, place in the freezer for a few minutes to make handling the dough easier. Roll cookie dough into a “log” and cut into 12 or 24 cookies (12 if you want bigger cookies, 24 if you desire larger cookies, naturally).
5. Place each cookie on a cookie tray lined with parchment or aluminium paper and shape into a circle (you may want to push down on the top of the cookie with a spoon to flatten it). Be sure to space out your cookies on the tray. Decorate with whole or sliced almonds, if you like.
6. Bake for about 15 minutes. Check them often to prevent burnage.
7. Do not let this happen:
You may be rolling on the floor laughing, as you should be. Allow me to explain: I was under the impression the cookies would retain their shape. Not so much. Moral: never trust Pinterest. My “blonde” moment (I did dye the tips of my hair blonde – hmmmm. Coincidence?) was followed by a “cookie cutters to the rescue” moment. Once this “blob” cooled down, I cut some shapes out and the outcome wasn’t so shabby after all. Gotta love serendipity.
Though these cookies are pretty sweet (taste-wise 😉 ) as the honey taste is quite potent, they are fantastic for you as they contain matcha green tea. In case you’re wondering, matcha is more beneficial than other types of green tea because as opposed to other teas which you infuse, matcha powder is obtained by grinding up entire green tea leaves. Therefore, when you consume matcha green tea, you are consuming whole tea leaves, meaning you are getting more goodies to anti-oxidize yourself with. Also, matcha contains epigallocatechin gallate (this word will be on your next spelling test 😉 , and is abbreviated to EGCG) which may help prevent against cancer as well as slightly boost metabolism.
The featured almonds are a source of protein and fiber, which help stabilize blood sugar and feel satiated, as well as vitamin E which protects your cells against damage and is involved in the immune process.
Now it’s time to release your inner Cookie Monster. Good luck trying to keep your hands out of the cookie jar.