After our Japan trip, I decided to try making Matcha green tea cookies to reminisce all the fun times we had. I found a vegan cookie recipe via Just one cookbook blog. Initially I hesitated making them as I have no idea where to find applesauce until I found the following easy recipe to make your own! Not only did we make ours fresh we also had the option to make them sugar free:)
8-10 medium apples, peeled, cored and cut in chunks
I used a variety of apples. Some suggest only cooking apples.
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
3/4 cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
Peel, core and cut the apples into 1 inch chunks. Put them in a sauce pan and add the lemon juice. Stir them around. Add the water and the cinnamon and salt. Put the pan on high heat until it boils. Lower the heat and cover. Simmer for 20-30 minutes. For smoother applesauce, use a potato masher to mash large chunks. Serve hot or cold and keep them refrigerated or keep them up to a year in the freezer.
- 2 cups self raising flour, sifted
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 stick vegan butter (8 tbps)
- 2 Tbsp. powdered green tea (I would add another 1 Tbsp as I like the bitter after taste of green tea!)
- 4-5 tsp. applesauce (I thought 3 would have been just fine and my dough was quite wet after I put 4 tsp)
1. In a bowl put self raising flour, sugar, vegan butter, and powdered green tea (or Matcha).
2. Crumb together the dry ingredients with the butter until the mixture resembles wet sand.
3. Now add 1 tsp at a time applesauce to glue the dough together.
4. The dough should resemble clay.
5. Take small pieces of dough, shape them into balls and place on baking sheets.
6. Put the baking sheets into the fridge for about 1 hour (or in the freezer for 30 minutes or more). Meanwhile heat the oven at 375F. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes.
It was not as crunchy as I expected and was more chewy instead. It had a lovely taste but was a tad too sweet although most japanese cookies are quite sweet in nature. I would definitely try making this again and it was the perfect snack with a hot matcha tea! I would add almonds in them in the future too.