Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Green tea cookies

I really apologize for the sparse, barely-there blogging. I'm in the middle of the third week at my new job, and although I like what I'm doing, it really is a huge time sink. I don't want to sound like I'm complaining, because I'm really not, but I work such long days now and put in enough time on the weekends that when I actually have a break, I'm just plain tired. I also spend most of the free time I now have running errands and doing chores that pile up during the week, so there's not a lot of crafting or creativity going on at chez Seedless Grape. I haven't even gotten to take a decent picture of my Sockapalooza socks.

I did take a few minutes yesterday, though, to pretty up some pictures that should go well with my last post. Over the summer, as a break from bar studying, I made some green tea cookies:

I got the recipe from Caitlyn, who also made a batch earlier this year. Although I was really intrigued by Caitlyn's original post, it took me a while to get around to making these because I couldn't find the matcha tea that gives them the green tea taste and color! I thought it'd be easy to find some matcha at one of the many Asian food markets there are in Houston, but I clearly thought wrong. I tried three different groceries before I gave up and ordered some on-line (I think I ordered from Teanobi, which looked cheapest after a cursory glance through some green tea websites).

They turned out really nicely. The recipe was fairly easy and the sugar coating makes them look particularly elegant, in my book. I liked the leaf shapes that the original recipe used, but I couldn't find anything similar, so I made hearts instead, just like Caitlyn did. And they really do taste like green tea! I still have leftover matcha and would like to try making green tea ice cream.

I'd definitely recommend the recipe. Thanks again for the link, Caitlyn!


Blogger Stacey said...

those look yummy - I can't find the Matcha powder anywhere near me also. thanks for the on-line link!

8/23/2007 6:46 AM  
Anonymous caitlyn said...

Your cookies look beautiful! I just made another batch two weeks ago and sent them to my sister. I only kept two cookies for myself, and kept thinking that I need to make them again!
The brand I purchased was Maeda-en. I believe it can be bought through Amazon.

8/23/2007 11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello from Canada, it really didn't take this long for the package to arrive, I've just been away for about 3 weeks, but it totally made my day to come back to it.

Thanks for the socks, I love them! The red/pink/brown blend is beautiful and so's the pattern. And they do fit perfectly :D Thanks too for the goodies, the soap smells fantastic.

Hugs, Angela
ps-the green tea cookies look really good, I might have to try making some too :)

8/31/2007 1:57 PM  
Blogger knittingphilistine said...

oooohh, yum!

9/02/2007 10:57 AM  

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