These are the ingredients. Oops... I forgot to put the black sesame seeds in the picture. My bad.
You can use the butter at room temp or you can cover it with plastic wrap and heat up in the microwave for 30~40 seconds at 600 W. This makes it soft. (If you go the microwave route, be careful not to melt it too much)
Cream the butter.
Divide the raw cane sugar into halves or thirds and add, mixing each time you add a portion in.
Once the sugar has been mixed in well, add in the egg yolk and mix well.
It's well mixed.
Sift in the flour.
Using a rubber spatula, mix it in cutting motions.
Mix it until it looks smooth and crumbly like this picture.
Divide the dough in half and add the red food coloring to one half. When you pour it in, use a toothpick, so that you don't accidentally add too much.
Mix it with a cutting motion until the dough comes together and the color is well distributed.
Take the other half of the dough that you separated and take 1/3 of it out. Mix the 1/3 with matcha powder till it turns green.
The three colored doughs are done!
Roll the red dough up into a rolling pin-like shape. Next, roll up the dough with parchment paper instead of plastic wrap. It's easier to roll it up this way.
By using two rulers, you can form the dough into a strawberry shape. If you don't have rulers, you can do this with plastic wrap and an aluminum foil box instead.
Let it rest in the freezer for 10 minutes. Chilling it will make it easier to handle. As shown in the picture, use a kitchen knife to cut two lines in the dough diagonally.
If it's still diffcult to handle, put back in the fridge for another 5 minutes, then cut 3 slits lenghwise in the dough.
Cut the matcha dough into 3 long slices.
Put the strips of green dough into the slits cut in the red dough.
Roll it up in some parchment paper.
Now it looks like a strawberry!
Take the regular dough now and roll it out. Place the strawberry dough on top and roll it up.
Roll it up in some parchment paper.
Chill in the freezer for 20 minutes. If you have time, try to let it chill for 30 minutes. It makes it easier to cut.
Cut the dough into 4 mm wide cookies. Preheat your oven to 180℃.
Arrange them on a metal tray and then decorate with the black sesame seeds. Dip a chopstick in water, and then dip it in the bowl of black sesame seeds to pick up individual seeds. It's easier to decorate this way.
Bake them at 180℃ for 17~20 minutes. Adjust the baking time based on your oven.
After they have baked for about 8 minutes, take them out and if they look like the picture, cover with some aluminum foil. This prevents them from overcooking.
Since you've gone to all the trouble of making them look like strawberries, be sure to use aluminum foil! Once they have reached a good color, take them out of the oven.
Finished. They're so cute! The texture is crispy, and just a bit moist.
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Story Behind this Recipe
I made this because I wanted to make some cute strawberry freezer cookies.
The cookies are crisp and moist. I generally make this with about 50 g of raw cane sugar to limit the amount of sugar my children get.
If you prefer the cookies to be sweeter, just up the amount of sugar to 70 g.
If you use powdered sugar, this makes the cookies more crisp. However, that makes the dough more difficult to handle. To make the dough easier to handle, I recommend using raw cane sugar or regular white sugar. If you think the dough is a bit too soft and a bit difficult to handle, put it in the freezer or fridge to firm it up.