Friday, July 18, 2008

Shikai Maki Cookies

A while back I saw this great technic for making sushi, that was actually quite simple but created an impressive look. It's called the shitai-maki sushi. I like sushi but don't really know how do do it. On the other hand, I know how to make cookies...

I've used the same technic as showned on the pictures on how to roll the sushi, but with a butter cookie dough and some food coloring. As you can see I was very creative and name them Shikai-maki cookies! Aren't they cool?

SHIKAI-MAKI COOKIES

  • 250 gr (90z) flour
  • 100 gr (3.5 oz) butter
  • 110 gr (3.9 oz) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Food coloring (a few drops- I've used red and green)

Cream the butter (softened) with the sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well incorporated. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt and add to the creamed mixture, mix on low speed or use a wodden spoon. Divede the dough into 3. Leave one natural and add to the other 2 parts, 2 different food colorings. Wrap in plastic and leave in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

Roll squares or rectagules out of the colored doughs and put one over the other. Roll them as if it was a jelly roll and take to the freezer to harden (about 5-10 minutes) and so it's easier to cut.

Cut them into 4 pieces lenghwise and place 2 of them, side by side with one of the flat sides down on a piece of plastic wrap. Roll a long snail out of the white dough and place in the center. Top with the remaining 2 quarts of the "jelly roll". It should form a square shape, roll with the help of the plastic wrap. Check the pictures on the sushi post, it's really well explained there.

Take again to the freezer for about 10 minutes and then slice (about 1 cm- 0,5 inch). Bake 10-12 minutes on a 180ºC (350ºF) preheated oven.

I actually had this idea after coming across the sushi one second time when Indigo mentioned it to give an example of the kind of things she was hoping to get for the cool food event she's hosting: Whimsical Weird Wonderful (WWW). Go check it out!

I had some leftover dough from making a lot of butter cookies and so these were born.

I think it's only fair to send this to Happy Love Strawberry for the event. Only virtually, because they are all gone now (sorry Indigo), they were quite a hit with my cousins!

UPDATE: Check out the fun roundup here!

32 comments:

Sharon said...

Could I borrow some of your creativity for the weekend? Please consider. Thanks! :)

These cookies are beautiful as usual!

Suzana said...

So none were left for me?? Not a problem, since I always find it hard to eat beauties like these!

Tens de me ensinar a técnica. Considerando a minha falta de jeito para decorações... não devo dar grande aprendiz!!

Bj grande

cakebrain said...

Geez, that's so creative! I love to make sushi all the time. In fact, I've blogged about my California rolls and intend to make 15 rolls for the bday party! I would never have thought to make cookies using the technique. You're inspiring!

Rhyleysgranny said...

Lovely. You must have the patience of a saint. Seems a shame to eat such lovely things.
xxx

edinha said...

Que bolinhos lindos e originais
Beijinho

Emiline said...

Look at you! Those are SOOOO cool! I love it.

Also, the cookie chips are a great idea! I want to try that.

Chefectomy said...

CC,

I am glad you visited me. I love your blog and those cookies are absolutely TOO COOL!! More importantly I love your Tortilla Espanogla recipe, definitely will be making that, it looks luscious.

Marc

A_and_N said...

They are totally droolworthy :) Can I have some sent?

noble pig said...

Those are so cool looking. Love it.

Sophie said...

I've read a couple of your posts now, and I find them all very enlightening -- you are so darn creative! This is a super cute idea, and I especially love the colors, very Christmasy :)!

Jenny said...

Cute, Cute, Cute! Love all the colors. You are talented girl!

Prudy said...

Those are so darling and they look somehow japanese with those bright colors, like a Hello Kitty kind of cookie. I've got to get home to make your chips and chocolate cookies.

Sweet Caroline said...

These looke delicious! and the colors of the Portuguese flag, too....lol.

Adam said...

The cookies look great Double C! I like the how you came up with the idea from sushi rolling. I would love to make something like that for the holidays.

Go work out and eat your cookies... er carbs :)

Lore said...

Such original cookies! Keep those creative juices comming :)

Lina said...

wooooow, you are SO creative! I am impressed.

Lina said...

wooooow, you are SO creative! I am impressed.

Zen Chef said...

You are sooo creative Rita. But you already knew that, right? hehe.
This is an instant classic. You should start a cookie-sushi corporation and make a couple of billion dollars. haha. You'll hire me as your private chef, right? ;-)

Jude said...

Such a nice idea for making sushi. I'm familiar with the rice version but would never think of using it for shaping cookies.

Peabody said...

What a great pattern.

Zita said...

great idea...cookie sushi, the name already cacth it all, what a beauty ;)

Dee said...

Where do these clever ideas come from?? When I swap walnuts for pecans I do a little dance, and pat myself on the back :(

Tarah said...

How cute! I so want to make these cookies! :]

Brilynn said...

I remember seeing that sushi post and thinking it was so neat! Good for you for turning it into a cookie, that's so smart and they look awesome!

Sarah said...

They are so pretty but looking at the how to on the other site is making my noggin spin! Props to you for figuring it out!

Erika said...

You are amazing! The cookies are just too pretty to eat, but I am sure if they were in front of me, I could manage!

Cakespy said...

These are amazing!!! I am in total awe right now. I am not worthy!

morgana said...

Beautiful and original cookies...

Since I saw "fractal cookies" at "evil mad scientist laboratories" I can't wait to try... and your cookies are on the list too.

Preciosas, me encantan por originales coloridas y además tienen que estar bueníiiiiiisimas.

Mandy said...

wow! this is the most interesting cookies I have ever seen! Good job.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Thank you so much everyone for your nice comments, they made me really happy! I had a very busy weekend and wasn't arround much. I'm glad you liked the cookies and hope you make them and come up with new paterns! Rita

linda said...

You are so creative! While reading your post I was thinking it would be a perfect entry to Indigo's Welcome to wonderland event.
I have a sort of faintly similar cookie recipe I wanted to use for the event. But I think yours are much cuter!

Cakelaw said...

These are beautiful, and definitely creative.