This recipe came at a total whim to me today. I was going through my drawers trying to organize them, when I came across something that I bought in the middle of 2010 and have neglected greatly:
Beautiful pearls of jasmine tea! And then I remembered how much I absolutely love earl grey tea flavored ice cream so why wouldn’t I love jasmine flavored cookies?? And that thought gave birth to this:
Unlike these cookies, these cookies are fluffy, soft and have an ever so slight flavor of jasmine green tea. The flavor is subtle, and I think next time I’ll steep the tea even longer to give it an even stronger jasmine flavor!
I steeped the jasmine tea in hot milk. I love this tea steeper that my brother bought as a Christmas gift…to my parents. Hehe. Shhhh! I’m just borrowing it…indefinitely.
I love it because when its sitting on the table, you add in your loose leaf tea and hot milk/water…
And once the tea is ready, you place it on a cup…
And all the tea streams out! Hmm sort of reminds me of going to the bathroom…but we won’t go there.
Pretty nifty huh?
Another ingredient I also used was vanilla bean paste. I am allllllllll about the vanilla bean specks. But I’m not all about splitting a vanilla bean in half and scraping out the goods. And this paste gives you all the goods with none of the work!
I actually went to the Williams Sonoma near my house to get the vanilla paste from there like I usually do…3 times! But they kept saying it was being shipped and by the 3rd time and weeks later I gave up and ended up buying it on Amazon (yeah I’m a bit of an Amazon freak) and I’m so glad I did! The one from Amazon gives you 3 in a pack and costs $18.94. Buying the same amount at Williams Sonoma would cost $33+!
Vanilla bean is to me what chocolate chips are to others…
Go make these cookies — you won’t regret it! Between Jeff and I, we’ve already eaten 9. I’m not going to say exactly who ate how many.
Jeff ate 4 though.
Green Tea Vanilla Cookies
Makes: about 30 cookies
-1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or all-purpose flour)
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 stick unsalted butter
-1/2 cup milk
-2 T loose leaf Jasmine tea (or any tea)
-3/4 cup sugar
-2 tsp vanilla paste
1. Start by heating up your milk by microwave or on the stove. Steep loose leaf tea in the hot milk. Set aside until ready to use.
2. Preheat oven to 350F.
3. Sift whole wheat pastry flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
4. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg, vanilla paste and steeped jasmine milk and continue to mix.
5. Slowly add in the dry mix into the wet mix and mix just until incorporated.
6. Drop batter into small spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet or silpat.
7. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until done.
Nutrition Information for 1 cookie: 72 calories, 3g fat, 2g saturated fat, 52mg sodium, 10g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 5g sugar, 1g protein
Baking’s fun…dishes sure aren’t though.