Kinako Sugar Cookies – Quick and Easy Cookie Recipe

Kinako is roasted soybean flour. It is very nutty and I would say tastes close to peanut butter. Kinako is most commonly used to dust and flavor mochi so it doesn’t stick, but you can also find it used in other Asian desserts, specifically Japanese, and snacks (like ice cream!). You can find Kinako at…

Candied Pomelo Scones

I have been enjoying making different kinds of citrus peels. It a refreshing light and sweet snack AND it preserves the peels for several months. I posted the basic recipe for Candied Orange Peels, which I have been using for them. For this recipe, I am using candied pomelo peels I’ve made with the above…

Honeycomb Peanut Brittle

I love peanut brittles but they have always a bit to much candy and a bit too hard for my liking. This variation leverages the light, airy, and crunchy honeycomb candy base for peanut brittles making it a delight to bite into. The honeycomb melts in your mouth and is full of honey and toffee…

Mexican Hot Chocolate & Walnut Cantuccini

Cantuccini is an Italian twice-baked cookie aka biscotti that is traditionally made with no fat. They are harder than most biscotti and are made to be eaten dunked in hot coffee, tea or wine. Because of their hardness and dryness, they are shelf-stable and are perfect for gifting. Hot Chocolate is a beverage that originated…

Candied Orange Peels

These candied orange peels are super easy to make and requires only 3 ingredients: orange peels, sugar and water. Its a great way to reduce kitchen waste waste and as a bonus, you get some orange simple syrup to use for your teas and coffee. Enjoy these candied orange peels as as a post meal…

Black Sesame Rugelach

This Jewish-Asian cookie pays homage to the crispy, buttery and sweet Jewish pastry: the rugelach and the widely popular Asian dessert filling: black sesame paste. The pastry dough and black sesame paste are rolled together and tossed in turbinado sugar and baked, creating a cookie that is nutty, sweet, buttery and crispy Have you had…

Adzuki Red Bean Mochi Bar

I love adzuki beans as an ingredient in sweets and pastries and grew up eating a lot of it. Nutty, sweet and complex– it reminds me fondly of chocolate. I’ve also had a lot of mochi, in its many forms, growing up. Most often I’ve had the shelf-stable boxed version at the asian grocers, which…

Black Sesame Banana Bread

I bought some organic bananas two weeks ago and completely forgot about them in the pantry! Next thing you know, they were ultra ripe and brown. A gift in disguise since that makes it purrrfect for banana bread. This Black Sesame Banana Bread is a nutty twist on the classic banana bread. It is inspired…

Sourdough Ube Crumble Sweet Rolls

These Sourdough Ube Sweet Rolls are soft, nutty and sweet. The ube halaya filling keeps the dough soft and tender and the cookie crumble on top adds a textural contrast. It is super easy to make and best part? You mix the dough the night before and you’ll have soft rolls ready in the morning!…

Adzuki Red Bean Rugelach

This Jewish-Asian cookie pays homage to the crispy, buttery and sweet Jewish pastry: the rugelach and the widely popular Asian dessert filling: adzuki red bean paste. The pastry dough and red bean paste are rolled together and tossed in turbinado sugar and baked, creating a cookie that is nutty, sweet, buttery and crispy. The Idea…

Sourdough Discard Raisin Biscuit Crackers

The excess of raisins in the apartment led me thinking about about raisin biscuits, also known as sultanas, a buttery fruit cracker snack from my childhood. It closely resembles pie crust with raisins sandwiched between and rolled in sugar. Crawford’s is the well known brand, and I can’t recall if that was the brand I…

Honeycomb Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Brown Butter Cookies

These Honeycomb Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Brown Butter Cookies are a twist on the Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies I’ve made in the past. These cookies are chewy, nutty, warm, sweet, and somewhat smokey. The honeycomb adds a chewiness and crunch for a nice textural contrast and the flakey sea salt adds a welcomed saltiness…

Quick & Easy Microwave Honey Sesame Mochi

This sweet, nutty and chewy Honey Sesame Mochi is inspired by the sesame brittles I’ve eaten so much in my childhood. It requires just 4 simple ingredients and comes together under 5 minutes! All you need is a microwave safe bowl, glutinous rice flour, water, honey, sesame seeds and a microwave. If you have tried…

2 Layer Jasmine Milk Tea Boba Mochi Bars

A spinoff of the OG Brown Sugar Boba Milk Tea Bars. These 2 layer tea infused jasmine milk tea boba mochi bars are floral, milky, sweet, chewy and fun. The bottom layer you have brown sugar boba dispersed in a jasmine green milk tea flavored mochi. The top layer is a classic sweet milk mochi….

Overnight Sourdough Orange Sweet Rolls

Below, you’ll find the Sourdough Version and the Yeasted Version of the recipe Bright, citrusy, sweet with just a bit of tang that complements the orange ?. It is topped with orange zest and turbino sugar for some textural crunch. Uses 1 orange and makes 6 rolls. This brioche style bread is perfect for a…

Espresso Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingest caffeine via cookies. It’s for that 2pm slumber cloud, where just a cuppa just doesn’t do it. I love myself some chewy cookies! I recently learned from @sarah_kieffer that the secret to making chewy cookies is adding cream of tartar. Since then, I have been experimenting with making cookies with it, like this Chewy Black…

Soft Raisin Yogurt Buns

A couple months ago, I ran an experiment involving making bread with Tanzhong, Yudane and Yogurt. I am still wrapping my head on how to present all that information in a blog post but the high level conclusion is this: incorporating any of the three creates a more tender bake than without. These yogurt buns…

Orange Marmalade & Almond Bostock

Making bostock is one of my favorite ways to transform stale enriched bread into a sweet treat. It is like a cross between toast and almond croissant and is super easy to make. I posted the Black Sesame Bostock recipe a few weeks ago, which is a yummy milky, sweet and nutty treat. It hits…

Chewy Black Sesame Sugar Cookies

If you like black sesame, you would love this! These black sesame sugar cookies are perfectly thin and chewy with slightly crisp edges and intense black sesame flavor. The secret to the chew is in the ingredients. Bread flour Bread flour has a higher protein content than all purpose flour which gives you chewier cookies….

4 Ingredient Ube Coconut Mochi

These ube coconut mochi are sweet & nutty and easy to make– requiring just 4 ingredients. They are also vegan and gluten free. So, more fun for everyone! Ube halya is one of those things that I can eat out of the jar with a spoon. I have been making my own at home by…

Sourdough Discard Butter Milk Buns

Circular aluminum trays fill with golden, buttery, ultra soft milk buns are a common sight in my parents home growing up. The simple buttery milk bun is the most common (not to be confused with Butter Milk Bun), but occasionally we have ones with raisin or filled with coconut paste. I didn’t realized there was…

Black Sesame Bostock

Have you ever had bostock? It a pastry made with enriched bread and frangipane– think a happy marriage between toast and almond croissant. I had it for the first time about a year and a half ago from some fancy bakery in the city where I ordered it off the menu because I didn’t recognize…

Earl Grey Tea Biscuits

Earl grey is one of my favorite teas and it is one of the only tea, other than masala chai, that I would add milk and sugar to. I adore how fragrant it is and how mild and comforting. These tea biscuits are inspired by the flavors of Earl Grey Milk Tea. Start first by…

Toasted Milk Mantou (Steamed Buns)

I saw Ruth Tam toast milk powder in her instagram story and right then and there I could already smell and taste its genius. I have been making some simple sourdough milk mantou the past two days and I thought I would continue the mantou making streak by making a toasted ultra milky version. This…

Sourdough Discard Almond Cacao Crisps

I’ve been really enjoying (making & eating) sweeter sourdough discard crackers. I made Sourdough Discard Cranberry Almond Crackers last week and they instantly topped all the savory crackers I have made, inspiring me to make more like it. This sourdough discard almond cacao crisp is a cookie-cracker hybrid. I’ve been debating on wether or not…

3 Layer Macchiato Mochi

My favorite espresso beverage is an Italian style espresso macchiato. It is just a shot of espresso with steamed milk. When you pour them together, the espresso foam interacts with the milk foam and creates this beautiful 3 layer coffee gradient, which is the inspiration for this mochi. In Italy, it is pretty common to…

Sourdough Discard Cranberry Almond Crackers

My new favorite sourdough discard crackers! Unlike most crackers, these are sweet and tangy with a biscotti like nuttiness a harder crisp. Perfect addition to a charcuterie board. This recipe is extra small– makes about 12 crackers– just enough not to have leftovers. For your frame of reference, thats half a baker’s half sheet. Highly…

Road to Hana Banana Bread

By now everyone has probably made banana bread, right? I mean, what else have you been doing during covid? I’ve been making banana bread from scratch for years and dabbled with many different variations (vegan, gluten free, oil free… you name it– the absolute worse ones I made are those I made with coconut flour…

Crisp & Chewy Mochiko Brownies

My ideal brownie is somewhere between a cakey brownie and a fudgy brownie (leaning closer towards the fudgy side) with a nice crisp top layer and a chewy center. These brownies are just that. The butter provides some light leavening, the melted chocolate gives it that fudginess, the granulated sugar, that thin & crisp top,…

Black Sesame Mochi Bar

Nutty, chewy, milky & sweet. These mochi bars are speckled with black sesame paste for bursts of intense nutty sweetness in every bite. Made with just 4 ingredients! Glutinous rice flour, condensed milk, milk and black sesame. Bake your steam, your choice. Looking for more mochi recipes? Check these out! 4 Ingredient Ube Coconut Mochi…