Sunday, 31 August 2014

Cooling Lemon Mint Cookies

Lemon Mint Cookies
It is the last day of August and feels like it is the end of summer. The temperature in Tokyo has dropped from a scorching 34 degrees Celsius (93 F) to cool a 23 (74 F). I am sure we will still have a few warm days left, but I think the year end count down has started.

I didn't bake much this summer since it was too hot, but I did try one new recipe - lemon mint cookies. This is a great combination for a summer treat and goes well with a cold glass of ice tea.

These are very fast to put together and bake quickly so you don't need to use your hot oven for a long period.

Here is the recipe:

Butter 80 grams (softened)
Sugar 80 grams
1 Egg yolk
Lemon juice 2 tablespoons
Flour 200 grams
Baking powder ½ teaspoon (sifted with the flour)
100 Mint leaves (chop about 60 of them)

 1.       Put butter in a bowl and mix with sugar until soft then add the egg yolk. Add the lemon juice.
2.       Add the flour and mix with a spatula. Add the chopped mint leaves. Roll into a ball and cover with plastic. Put in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before using.
3.       To bake, use a teaspoon to spoon out pieces (about 15 grams each) and put on a baking sheet. Use a fork to push down each piece. Place a mint leaf on top before baking.

4. Bake at 170 Celsius degrees at for 15 – 20 minutes. Happy eating.