Monday, June 2, 2014

Matcha green tea ice cream sammiches from the planet Delicious

By Giselle Wedemire

You know that feeling when you decide, quite firmly, on what it is you're going to be baking, only to find that your hopes and dreams have been dashed because the recipe you had in mind actually doesn't exist?

Well, I do.

Yesterday, I had planned to test out some of Kiss Me Organics' matcha green tea powder by making the green tea ice cream sandwiches in Veganomicon. But when I flipped to the page in question in the veritable vegan bible, I found that that recipe was actually for green tea ice cream which you could then sandwich between cookies of your choice. 

Disappointed, I embarked on a harrowing and frustrating search for the perfect matcha cookie recipe via Google and came up short. Then, I stomped into my kitchen like a three-year-old throwing a temper tantrum and, after a few deep yoga breaths, I set out on making up my own matcha cookies.

The end result was a perfectly satsifying and rich cookie that wasn't too sweet or too crumbly. They were moist, delicious, and reminiscent of a Stabucks green tea latte.

Plus, since they weren't too sweet -- and their flavour wasn't too overt -- they were the perfect canvases for the ice cream sandwiches I had originally planned to make (complete with green tea cookies  and vanilla ice cream).

If you enjoy eating tasty things, definitely give these a shot.

Matcha green tea ice cream sammiches
(makes about 20 cookies, or 10 ice cream sammiches)

What you'll need:

3/4  cup brown sugar
2/3 cup oil
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or whatever milk you like)
2 tbsp matcha green tea powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 medium-sized (946 ml) container vanilla vegan ice cream

What you'll need to do:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease two large baking sheets (or grease just one baking sheet if you hate having to do too many dishes like I do).
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, oil, milk, vanilla, and matcha powder. Whisk these together well with a fork (because whisks are terrible inventions that are too hard to clean for their own good).
  • Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, and mix well.
  • Roll the cookie dough into balls that are about the size of a golf ball. Transfer them onto your baking sheet and flatten them out a bit until they're about 2 or 2.5 inches wide. (You can use your hand to flatten them out, or you can be like me and use the bottom of your measuring cups to flatten out the cookies.)
  • Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes. Don't bake them any longer than 10 minutes, though. You'll want them to be chewy enough that they won't crumble when you bite into your ice cream sandwich.
  • Let the cookies cool thoroughly on a cooling rack.
  • While the cookies are cooling, remove your ice cream from the freezer and let it thaw a little.
  • Once thoroughly cooled, use an ice cream scoop to spoon out one scoop's worth of vanilla ice cream onto the browned bottom of one cookie.
  • Gently press the bottom of another cookie onto the top of the scoop of ice cream. Press just hard enough to distribute the ice cream between, and to the edges of, the two cookies. Be careful not to break the cookies while assembling the sandwiches.
  • Stuff your face with the green tea goodness of these ice cream sammiches and try not to worry about all the calories you just consumed because, according to Kiss Me Organics' website, consuming matcha boosts your metabolism, which means you're probably burning off all those ice cream sammich calories just by sitting on the couch and watching Netflix.*

*Probably not, but at least you'll be content thinking that this is true while burning through the new season of Orange is the New Black.

Try this recipe out and let us know what you think of it by commenting below or by tweeting us at @PickyBitchez.

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