Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Matcha Cookie Tree

Christmas is just around the corner, and I am still stuck with so much things to do. :P Can't wait for my short break coming this weekend! As busy as I am, I am still finding time to bake in my kitchen, sort of a therapeutic get away for me. There is one thing that I have been longing to bake for Christmas for a couple years now....somehow it just didn't happen. :P A Christmas Cookie Tree! Well, this year I finally got to do it, almost sounds like a mini wish come true. (^_^) But I actually had to break up the steps to 3 days....crazy right, to think that it's actually not that hard to do at all! Anyway, here it is; my Christmas Matcha Cookie Tree.

I used a simple butter cookie recipe and incorporated green tea powder into it. And since I worry the Matcha taste will be too strong for my kids, I didn't add too much, so my cookies aren't as green as I hoped. ;P However the taste was really good plus the cookie was buttery and crisp which I liked a lot. :9

Ingredients for Matcha Butter Cookies : (makes about 25-30 x 5cm round disc)
240g all purpose flour
12g matcha powder
150g unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes
1/4 tsp salt
110g confectioner's sugar
1 large egg yolk

Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream, refer here for recipe and steps
  • In a large mixing bowl, sift flour, matcha powder, powder sugar and salt into it. Knead the cold butter in until resembles bread crumbs.
  • Add in the egg yolk and knead till just combined. Wrap dough with plastic wrap and chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes before rolling out.
  • After chilling, lightly flour a cooled work surface. Then roll out the cookie dough on the surface into  about 1/4" thick. If dough gets too soft and greasy, return it to the fridge for 15 minutes.
  • Use desired round cookie cutters which varies in diameter size, must have at least 5 different sizes. Also cut out a star shaped cookie to top off the tree. Arrange cookie on parchment paper and chill in fridge for 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 175C.
  • Bake the cookies for 13 to 15 minutes till the edges are slightly golden browned. Let cool completely before use. 
  • Arrange the largest disc as the base and pipe a round ring of buttercream around the edge. top off with the second largest cookie. Repeat this till all the cookie has been stacked. Finally pipe a dollop of the cream on top and stick the star right there. Chill the whole tree in the fridge till the buttercream firms up and it'll be really for your desert centerpiece!
I think this little cookie tree will make a nice centerpiece for the desert table during Christmas, don't you think? 
Since I did reduce the sugar quite a bit, the cookies does go well with the Vanilla Swiss Meringue buttercream, so no worries about having a  overly sweet taste there. But do chill the cookies before serving as the cream will eventually soften the cookies. So either assemble right before or chill it prior.

I am happy to submit this to participate in the White Christmas Challenge organised by Very Good Recipes via Quay Po Cooks.

Okay all, will try to post up another Xmas bake this week before I leave for my short get away. Hope I can squeeze out some time!! Cheers!


hanushi said...

This looks fantastic!!! :) Your guests will love these!

Anonymous said...

so pretty. i like it a lot. merry Christmas in advance :)

Unknown said...

I love your cookie tree! It looks wonderful and so Christmassy. x

lena said...

i love your cookie tree, so neat and of course, sounds delicious!! my christmas tree is a bit messy..haha!

WendyinKK said...

lovely tree :)
I saw Mad Baker doing this too and I was tempted to try this out initially for Swee San's event, but I don't have that many cookie cutters :p

ReeseKitchen said...

pretty pretty!! You are really in a good X'mas mood! Save some for us ya...kekekeke!!!

ann low said...

This looks very impressive! I've made one but still in my draft. Yours definitely looks better :)

Lite Home Bake said...

Beautiful tree! I am seeing so many edible tree this year. Blessed Christmas :)

Dumpling Love said...

This is awesome! I tried to make one with stars, but didn't have different sized cutters.

In a CakeBox said...

This looks great! I would love to have them as the centre piece of our xmas party!
Merry xmas and wishing you & your family a jolly celebration ;-)

Daphne said...

Oh good work on the cookie tree and merry christmast to you ^^

Lala said...

It's a beauty! Am sure it's a joy to marvel at, and to eat =)

My Little Space said...

Merry Christmas to you & your family, Bee. I'm sure you had a great time back then. The cookies tree looks really beautiful. Thanks for sharing it. Guess what, I'm now actually thinking where to start eating the cookies...from the top or from the bottom. haha....
And also wishing you a very Happy 2012. May all good things coming your way.

Quay Po Cooks said...

Bee, Remember I said, if any entries submitted to the White Christmas Challenge through Quay Po Cooks wins a prize at VGR, they will get an extra price from me which is my son's band, ROSEVELT's first Album named 17:25? Well, the result is not out yet but to me, whoever have given me the support is a winner in my heart already. May I have your address so that I can courier the CD to you? My email is quaypocooks@gmail.com I really appreciate your support.