Candied Violet & Earl Grey Tea Cookies

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I’ve been enamored with this cookie since 2005. 2005 was the year I started religiously reading blogs, the same year I started exploring new recipes to hone my baking skills. This recipe has been at the top of that list for over six years, and it’s puzzling why I never chose to make it until recently. It really is the perfect cookie for me. Tea flavor? Check. Buttery shortbread? Check. Only thing it was missing was some floral component. But I could always adapt the recipe to incorporate some flowery goodness. Check.

After nearly seven years of waiting to make this cookie, it’s amazing how it didn’t disappoint. I may have learned how not to hype it up like I tend to do with movies, only to be underwhelmed, like a certain recent Mission: Impossible movie. Sigh. And this may be a shock to hear me say, but I think I like this cookie better than any of my matcha cookies! It must be the layer of flavors that moved me, kind of like a pinot noir.

Now that I’ve finally tackled this cookie recipe, I can move on to the many others on the list, which could take me another seven years. What about y’all? What recipes have you been wanting to try, but haven’t yet?

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Thai Tea Cookies

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On the same note as my last post, and in addition to taking another stab at the Thai tea cupcakes, I wanted to improve the Thai tea cookie I made last year. I love spritz cookies (why else would I want to make 1600 of them), and I felt my Thai tea version last year needed a stronger tea flavor. To remedy this, I added more Thai tea syrup while reducing the amount of sugar and slightly increasing the amount of flour. Both the flavor and color turned out nicer this time, and I was proud to present them to my dear Thai friend, Ms. Samathananathivananathaichai. That very well could be a Thai last name, but it’s just my take on her long last name. Imagine filling that out on a Scantron!

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Thai Tea Cupcakes

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Over a year ago, I attempted to make a cupcake with a creamy Thai tea filling. The filling turned out to be a disaster so I was left with a regular cupcake with some Thai tea frosting. I said I would try making them again, but I hadn’t until now. It’s not the same cupcake; [...]

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Matcha Cheesecake

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For me not really being a cheesecake fan, I suppose it’s a little odd that I made a matcha cheesecake when I’ve never made a regular cheesecake before. I don’t have a scarring cheesecake story like Jenn (imagine eating a sincere attempt at cheesecake using cheddar cheese), I’ve just never had an awesome cheesecake. If you know of one, please mention it.

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Filled Matcha Cupcakes

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I thought calling May Matcha Month would instantly make it easy for me to bake at least twice a week. I was hoping to pump out recipes one after another until you all were sick of matcha. Alas, that was not the case, and last week was a flop. Sorry for the quiet week, but I’m getting back into the matcha groove now.

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