Saturday, November 21, 2015

Kaffir Lime-Matcha Sugar Cookies


Whenever the Enthusiastic Kitchen Elf wants to make rolled cookies, we start with Aunt Tiffy's Sugar Cookies. Then D puts his own twist on it. This time, we used zest and juice from Kaffir limes. Click to read about them: here. This is how they look...


And he added some matcha green tea powder to make them green. It made a pretty, grass-colored dough, but when it baked it was faded and muted. Still they tasted lovely and aromatic.

Ingredients

  • 2-3/4 C flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 t fleur de sel
  • 3/4 C butter, softened
  • 1 C organic granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 T freshly squeezed Kaffir lime juice
  • zest from 1 organic Kaffir lime
  • 2 t matcha green tea powder

Procedure
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt, set aside in a bowl. In another bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy.


Add eggs, Kaffir lime zest, Kaffir juice and mix.  Gradually add flour mixture until it comes together in a ball. Finally add in the matcha powder, mixing completely.


Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill dough for at least 2 hours. Roll out on a floured piece of parchment paper.


Shape them with your cutters, using flour to keep them from sticking.


Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees F for 9-11 minutes, depending on size of cookies. Cool completely on wire racks.


You can glaze your cookies...or we just ate them the way they were. The Kaffir lime lent the cookies a nice, subtle taste that he didn't want to mask with more sugar. 


He served these with small glasses of eggnog. Yep, it must be the holidays!

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