If you’ve ever felt that normal sugar cookies are a bit bland, you may want to spice things up a bit with Hojicha Cookies! This is a Japanese-inspired twist on a classic treat, using roasted tea powder for flavoring. In this recipe, we’re going to learn how to make incredible Hojicha Cookies, and we’ll also teach you a think or two about roasted tea along the way. Let’s get started!
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). - It’s crucial to ensure that the hojicha cookies are baked at the right temperature so they cook evenly.
Take out a medium sized bowl and whisk together some of the dry ingredients like the flour, baking soda, and salt. Use a whisk or fork to mix the ingredients together until they are well combined.
In a separate large bowl, you can add in the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar and beat it until it’s light and fluffy. Mix until they are well combined with a smooth and creamy consistency.
Beat the egg and vanilla extract into the butter and sugar mixture until they are well combined and smooth.
Gradually mix in the dry ingredients until just combined. Make sure you don’t over mix the dough, otherwise it will create dense cookies that aren’t as “fluffy”.
Finally, you are ready to add in the hojicha powder and add some unique flavor to your hojicha cookies! Use a spatula or a wooden spoon to fold in the hojicha powder until it is nicely distributed with no clumps.
Baking Your Hojicha Cookies
Before you begin to bake your hojicha cookies, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. This helps to prevent the cookies from sticking to the pan and makes the clean up easier.
Using a cookie scoop or spoon, drop dough balls onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving 2 inches of space between each cookie.
Bake the hojicha cookies for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. This is really important so that you get the perfect consistency in your hojicha cookies.
Allow your hojicha cookies to cool on the baking sheet and then transfer them to a wire cooling rack until they are completely cool.
Serve your Hojicha cookies on a plate and enjoy!
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What are Hojicha Cookies?
Now that we've shown you how to make Hojicha Cookies, let’s talk about what makes hojicha cookies so special!
What is Hojicha?
Hojicha is a special type of Japanese green tea made from roasted tea leaves.
After the tea leaves are harvested, steamed, rolled and dried, they are roasted in either a large hot pan or a roasting machine to create hojicha.
While most Japanese green teas like sencha have this vibrant jade-green color, hojicha takes on this brown hue.
It also picks up warmer flavor profiles of coffee and caramel.
For desserts like Hojicha Cookies, a finely ground hojicha powder is typically used, so it can be combined easily into the recipe.
It can also be combined into other desserts, and even a hojicha kitkat!
Why does the Flavor of Hojicha Cookies work so well?
The hojicha powder works great in Hojicha Cookies, as the sugar and butter balance out what would otherwise be a dark flavor.
Similar to a rich dark chocolate, the warmer and darker flavors of hojicha work quite well when paired with something as sweet as a cookie.