Monday, January 13, 2020

Low Sugar Egg-less Melt-in-the-mouth Black Sesame Butter Cookies - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

I love these black sesame cookies!!!

Why? First of all, they look really so cool! They look like they are in black-and-white photos and they are not!

Plus, these low sugar butter cookies are so easy to bake and simply delicious! Every one of these that we popped into our mouths just melted... with a comforting crumbly sandy texture and a rich buttery nutty taste. Mmm... So nice!

What can I say? Must try! Must bake! LOL!

melt in the mouth black sesame butter cookies
Must try! Must bake... these melt-in-the-mouth Black Sesame Butter Cookies.

I wonder if it is the latest food trend... Have you noticed that Singaporean are more health conscious with their sugar intake these days?

At this recent trip, I saw that there are many LOW SUGAR Chinese New Year cookies or treats selling at the CNY food fare at Takashimaya Square. And there are actually many sugar-conscious consumers like us who like the idea and bought those LOW SUGAR treats. Isn't this a good thing?

It is true that there are many treats that can be delicious and contain low sugar too! The concept is somehow like how we like our sweet black sesame foods... It can be a little sweet but NOT too sweet. Well, I guess... Maybe the rich aromatic nutty taste of roasted black sesame seeds had already heightened the taste of the black sesame foods and causing the expectation of the sweetness in them to be kind of secondary.

Does it make sense to you? Whether yes or no, I would strongly encourage you to try baking my low sugar black sesame butter cookies recipe. Although each of these cookies has only 1g of added sugar, these very sesame are so simply delicious that you won't just stop one!

melt in the mouth black sesame butter cookies
This is not a black-and-white photo!
And please do not underestimate the yumminess of black-and-white cookies!
melt in the mouth black sesame butter cookies
And I have to warn you...These cookies are seriously addictive!

Want to bake these low sugar yet super delicious black sesame cookies? Watch my video and you will see that these cookies are extremely easy to mix, handle and bake. In fact, you don't need any special equipment... Just your hands, a mixing bowl, a simple 4 cm cookie cutter, a baking tray and an oven can actually make these sale-able cookies. Just make sure that you use good quality butter and also finely ground sesame seeds and paste that contain NO added sugar. Enjoy!

Like this recipe and want more? Please try these HIGHLY RECOMMENDED CNY recipes that I have shared previously...

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Ultimate Melt-in-the-mouth Salted Egg Yolk Pineapple Tarts 咸蛋黄凤梨酥 that are baked with Salted Egg Yolk Butter Pastry at here
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Ultimate Melt in the Mouth Chinese Cashew Cookies 腰果酥 at here
Melt in the Mouth Crispy Chinese Butter Cashew Cookies 香脆牛油腰果酥 at here
Melt-in-your-mouth Pork Floss Chinese Cookies at here
Melt-in-your-mouth Salted Egg Yolk Cookies at here
My favourite Kek Lapis recipe at here
Crispy Nestum Cereal Cookies at here
Extra Crispy Nestum loaded Cookies at here - extra crispy with twice amount of Nestum!
Buttery Crispy Nestum cookies (with NO egg and a subtle melty texture) at here
Ultra Soft Pineapple Chiffon Cake at here

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Here's the recipe.

Makes about 40 4-cm diameter cookies
80g finely ground black sesame seeds with no added sugar
100g all purpose or plain flour with 10% protein - please do not use cake flour.
30g corn flour
40g icing sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt - omit if you are using salted butter
75g butter, cold and cut into cubes - can be salted and unsalted
75g black sesame paste with 49% fat and must has no added sugar

extra all purpose or plain flour for dusting and rolling, if required
1-2 tsp vegetable oil for brushing

1 tsp sesame seeds to decorate, if desired

Preheat oven to 180ºC. Line baking trays with baking paper.

To pre-roast the finely ground sesame seeds, spread the sesame seeds on the prepared tray in thin layer and bake at 180ºC for 8 mins or until golden and fragrant. Set aside to cool completely.

Sift flour, corn flour, icing sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. Then, use a spoon or a spatula to mix in the pre-roasted sesame seeds until combined.

Using your finger tips, rub cold butter into the flour mixture until well incorporated and mixture will look like coarse buttery crumbs. Add black sesame paste and use your hands to gather the crumbs into a pliable dough. Do not knead or over handle the mixture.

Dust rolling pin and non stick surfaces (like baking paper) with flour if required. If you watch my video, you will see that I don't need to dust my rolling pin and surfaces with flour because the dough is actually very easy to handle. Use the rolling pin to roll cookie dough to about 1 cm thick. Cut dough with cookie cutters. Transfer and arrange the cut dough onto the prepared baking tray with about 1-2 cm apart. Gather scraps and continue to roll and cut out dough until the dough is used up.

Use a fine brush to lightly brush the top of the cookie dough with oil. Decorate the cookies with a small pinch of white sesame seeds if desired and press lightly and gently to push the seeds slightly into the dough.

Bake for 12 mins or until the cookies are slightly golden. Important: Depending on the shapes and sizes of the cookies, please note the baking duration and number of cookies yielded can vary.

Leave to cool slightly on the baking tray for about 5-10 mins to a wire rack, then transfer the cookies to cool on the wire racks to cool completely. Store cookies in airtight container when they are completely cooled.

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