Halloween isn't popular in Japan, but I've appointed myself as the "Halloween Promotion Committee" and I'm here to ward off evil spirits with these cookies with the face of my favorite character, Jack from "A Nightmare before Christmas."
Ingredients: if you make them small you can make a lot)
Sift the cake flour and set aside. Leave the unsalted butter out at room temperature.
Once the butter has softened, add sugar and mix into a cream.
Add sifted cake flour to step 2 and mix, being careful not to over-mix. Once the dough is smooth and no longer lumpy that's enough.
Wrap it up in a bundle and store in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Take some of the dough and mix in the kneaded black sesame to create black dough.
Preheat your oven (It takes a while for the cookies to shape, so keep an eye on it...)
Take the plain dough and cut into circles of whatever thickness you like (in order to make the Jack face, I did it by hand, not using a cookie cutter).
If you move them, you'll lose the shape, so it's safer to work on a baking sheet. Lay the cookies on the baking sheet.
Use the black dough to create eyes, a mouth, and nose-holes and stick them on the face.
Being careful not to smash the face, use wrapping on top of the cookie to get the black dough settled in with the rest of the face.
Bake in the oven at 300°F/150°C for 30 minutes. Adjust the temperature and cooking time depending on the condition.
While making them I got pretty tired and fed up with the process, so I used a cookie cutter for the last bits of dough.
I also made these for Halloween... Spider-Man!
Story Behind this Recipe
I love Halloween, and I'm a big fan of Jack Skellinton from the film "The Nightmare Before Christmas." I felt that the deep color of black sesame better suited Jack than cocoa. So I made these cute Jack cookies to promote Halloween to everyone.
Please take care when placing the facial features. Even if it's a little crooked, well, Jack's face is a bit crooked, so don't worry about it. But if you're having difficulty, just roll the two dough together to make black sesame marble cookie. If you don't press the black dough into the face, when baked, it'll turn brown instead of black, so be careful.