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Seaweed Cookies 紫菜酥餅 (yield 80-100 small cookies)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup flour
2 tbsp dry milk powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
12 tbsp ( 1 1/2 stick) unsalted butter– softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 pack (17 gram) Costco organic seaweed– blended (see note below)
1 tbsp roasted sesame seeds

Egg wash
Chili powder

Method:

  1. Combine flour, milk powder, salt and baking powder. Sift and set aside.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and mix until blended.
  3. Mix in blended seaweed  and sesame seeds with a spatula.
  4. Add flour mixture. Use spatula to mix and press to form a dough.
  5. Wrap dough in plastic wrap. Chill dough in the fridge to harden so it’s easier to handle. When ready, lightly dust work surface with flour, roll out dough to 5mm thickness and cut with cookie cutter (dust cutter with flour to prevent sticking). 
  6. Put cut cookies on baking pan lined with parchment paper. Brush with egg wash then dash the top with chili powder.
  7. Bake at preheated 325 F oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool cookies on a rack. Store in air tight container when completely cooled.

Regina’s Note:

  • Seaweed: I used snacking seaweed instead nori for sushi making– snacking seaweed is usually lightly seasoned with salt and oil, making the cookies more flavorful. 
  • Flavor: The cookies have a nice seaweed flavor and not too sweet. Chili powder wasn’t spicy ( you can also use paprika powder– it’s more for the look). Next time I will try adding finely grated Parmesan cheese… sounds like a good combination with seaweed…

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If you think cookies are all sweet, think again. These heavenly delicious cookies are not the regular ones you eat. They combine the aroma of garlic and fried shallot, with the nutty flavor from the  cheese and a little spiciness from chili flakes. Once you have one, you’re hooked.

Fried Shallot Cookies-- ice box style

Fried Shallot Cookies-- ice box style

Fried Shallot Cookies-- using cookie cutter

Fried Shallot Cookies-- using cookie cutter

Garlic Shallot Cookies (adapted from Yochana’s Cake Delight)

Ingredients:
11 tbsp butter – softened
1/3 cup sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
3 cloves garlic – finely minced
2 tsp. dried chilli flakes
3-4 tbsp fried shallots – drain the oil and crush
1 egg
4 oz  cheese – finely grated
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder

Method:

  1. Mix flour, salt, baking powder and chili flakes in a bowl until blended.
  2. Cream butter and sugar till creamy. Add in egg and mix well.
  3. Stir in garlic, fried shallot, cheese. Pour in flour mixture and mix to form a dough.Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes before rolling into round balls.
  4. Use a fork to press the top to get some patterns on it.
  5. Bake at preheat oven 325°F for about 15-18 minutes or till crispy.
  6. Store in cookie containers.

Note:

  • I used mild cheddar cheese and it will give the cookies some orange look. I also found asiago cheese is good too if you like the smell of asiago cheese– the cookies will have a nutty flavor.
  • There are several ways to shape the cookies– I found the quickest way is to shape the cookie dough into cylinder shape then slice them evenly (must be chilled first for easy slicing) right before putting into the oven. Or you can use a cookie cutter, it’s prettier but more time consuming.
  • The thickness of the cookies is about 5mm for a crispy texture. Please adjust the oven temperature and baking time if you prefer thicker cookies.
  • Chili flakes can be substituted by chili powder, or you can skip it for a non spicy version.

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