Kinako Cookies

I like to use Japanese cookbooks for baking as they tend to use ingredients that are not common in western recipes. The cookies in the photo above use kinako, or soy bean flour as the main ingredient and it gives a nutty flavour to the cookies. If you have not bake with kinako before, give the recipe a try!

Kinako Cookies Recipe
Recipe taken from いつでもクッキー、どこでもクッキー

70g unsalted butter, softened 
50g caster sugar 
1 egg yolk 
1 teaspoon milk 
120g cake flour 
1/4 teaspoon baking powder 
20g kinako 

1) Preheat oven to 170 deg C. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper. 
2) Sift flour, baking powder and kinako into a bowl, set aside. 
3) Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes. Add egg yolk and milk, and mix until well combined. 
4) Add the flour mixture and mix only until the dough begins to form a mass. 
5) Transfer to a lightly floured surface, knead for 4-5 times, or until smooth. 
6) Roll the dough into a 12X15X1.5cm rectangle. 
7) Slice the dough into cookies with the size of 4X2.5cm. You should have about 18 cookies. Pierce 6 holes in the top of each cookie using a skewer. 
8) Place the cookies in the tray, bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. 
9) Remove from oven, and let the cookies cool on a rack.


edith said…
perfect timing, I just wanted to clear a bag of soy bean flour.

Merry Christmas!
Elin said…
Looks good. I must look around for this flour so that I can get to try it out. Thanks Piggy for sharing this japanese recipe :)
Lovely cookies! i've never used soy bean flour...


Michelle Chin said…
i think i bought a bag of soy bean flour without me knowing it. hehe
daphne said…
I didn't know such a flour exist! Good on you to share. Merry Christmas :)
Stardust said…
I love Kinako darling! Thank you for sharing this. Muacks!
Enjoyed this, will try tonight. Are you sure about the soy bean flour Michelle?!
Lucie said…
Thank you for sharing. Tried making it today and turned out quite well. Need to work on making each cookie the same size. The kinako scent was irresistible.