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Melt in the mouth azuki filled butter cookies!
This recipe was a fusion between an old butter cookie recipe from my grandmother and a filling of azuki paste.
You can't eat just one!
It does require a little planning ahead, but it's worth it!

Posted by Alexandra Z. from Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel • Published See Alexandra Z.'s 5 projects »
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  • Step 1

    Mix the flour, powdered sugar and baking powder. Add the vanilla and the butter (cut in small pieces).

  • Step 2

    With a spatula, work the butter into the flour, until it all looks grainy (no more visible chunks of butter).
    I always get better results when doing it by hand (perhaps the body heat helps the butter fuse with the flour).

  • Step 3

    Add the cold water and shape a ball. Do not overwork the dough! Just work it until you can form a ball and the dough doesn't crumble. If necessary, add a bit more water.

  • Step 4

    Cover the dough and let it rest for at least 10 minutes. You can also leave it in the fridge, but take it out 15 minutes before using, or it will be hard to work.

  • Step 5

    The Azuki Paste

    Soak the beans in plenty of water for 10 to 12 hours.

  • Step 6

    Put the beans in a pan, cover with water, add sugar and salt and start cooking. You will have to add water as it cooks, but just enough to keep the beans covered until they are nice and tender.

    Let it cook a little more (without adding water) just until you get a thick paste (enough to shape a ball).

  • Step 7

    Now, take a small piece of dough (size of a whole walnut), flatten with your hands into a small disk and put a little ball of bean paste in the middle. Close the dough around the paste and shape it all into a nice ball with a flat base (very much like the final cooked cookie)

  • Step 8

    Lay in a very lightly oiled tray and cook at 170 degrees celcius 15 to 20 minutes (don't let them brown!).
    Voila!
    With time, you can adjust the thickness of the cookie and the amount of azuki paste you like in it.
    I ran a fork on top of each cookie before cooking, just to make it look pretty!

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Emily N.
Emily N.
These are like fig-filled cookies. I just keep eating it and loving and loving and loving it.
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Alexandra Z.
Alexandra Z. · Tel Aviv-Yafo, IL · 5 projects
Hi colleen, I guess I will have to leave a note to Craftarella, because something went wrong with my measurements (some just disappeared).
I'm a bit short on time, so I'll just leave you the link to the recipe which is on my blog. If you have trouble with the metric system, you might easily convert it with google. If you need any further help, let me know! Happy
Here's the link:
http://tnoranges.blogspot.com/2009/08/japanese-azuki-butter-cookies.html
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colleen g.
colleen g. · Clinton, Maryland, US
someone please help me with these directions!!
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Alexandra Z.
Alexandra Z. · Tel Aviv-Yafo, IL · 5 projects
I made azuki paste myself, but I'm guessing there might be a chance to find it ready made, depending on where you live. There's this website called "JustHungry.com" and it's got a great bean paste recipe, very similar to the one here. You can use any other filling I guess, as long as it's thick enough to be shaped into a ball and won't turn liquid when cooking (many fruit jellies will bubble up and come out of the cookie). You can try chocolate paste, roasted chestnut (whole or pureed)...
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SparrowFae
SparrowFae · Carthage, Missouri, US · 41 projects
What is azuki paste? where can i get it?
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lydia L.
lydia L. · Skövde, Västra Götaland County, SE
can you use some other kinda fruit filling?
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Amanda H.
Amanda H.
Was looking online for a recipe for the Azuki paste. You can find one here for anyone else looking to make this. http://www.recipezaar.com/azuki-paste-or-yummy-sweet-red-bean-paste-364923
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Hannah B.
Hannah B. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 5 projects
I made them and they're AMAZING. I bought the bean paste in a can because I'm lazy and didn't want to make it myself, but it was still really good. Happy Thanks again for the recipe!
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Alexandra Z.
Alexandra Z. · Tel Aviv-Yafo, IL · 5 projects
You're welcome!
Let me know how it comes out!
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Hannah B.
Hannah B. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 5 projects
OMG I NEED to try this. I love red bean paste stuff, and I live in a mostly Asian neighborhood so I should have no problem it. Happy Thank you! <3
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