Sunday, March 2, 2014

Roasted Barley Tea Cookies

My mom sent me a care package the other day, filled with lots of delicious snacks and barley tea! Roasted Barley tea is a Korean drink. It's similar to water, but has a more earthy, smoky flavor. It's a more interesting way to drink water (I think!).

I used this smoky tea to make so delicious, simple shortbread cookies. The orange peel adds a tangy, herbal flavor to balance the earthiness of the barley.

Roasted Barley Tea Cookies (makes about 40 cookies)
2 tbsp Roasted Barley Tea (보리차)
1 tbsp Dried Orange Peel (find it in the spice aisle)
1 Stick Butter, softened
3/4 cup Sugar
1 Egg
1 1/2 cup Flour

1. Grind the barley and orange peel in a coffee grinder until it becomes powdery. 
2. Add the grinds to butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer to cream them together. 
3. Add the egg and mix until well incorporated. 
4. Add the flour, 1/2 a cup at a time, and mix until the dough becomes crumbly
5. Use your hands to incorporate the flour the rest of the way, so that the dough comes together in one mass. 
6. Cut the dough in half, and roll into logs about 10 inches long, and about an inch in diameter. 
7. Wrap the logs in plastic and place in the freezer for about 20 minutes. 
8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
9. Use a sharp knife to cut 1/2 inch medallions. Reshape them to be circular, and place them onto an aluminum foil lined cookie sheet.
10. Add a pinch of barley to the top of each cookie. Press gently into place.
11. Bake for about 25 minutes, rotating the pan after 15 minutes. You want the edges to be slightly browned. The cookies will not develop a lot of color. 
12. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before removing the cookies from the foil. 
13. Enjoy! :)

Although I made this with roasted barley tea, it is possible to do so with any of your favorite tea. Just grind the leaves down. If using a stronger tea (like earl grey), use about half of the amount that I used for the tea. A mellower tea (like green tea), would use about the same amount of leaves as barley in the recipe.

You can find the roasted barley tea at an Asian supermarket. It will usually come in tea bags, which you can open up and remove the barley from.

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