As part of our herbal medicine education, we are asked to do a class project each term and the most common one chosen is to cook or bake something using some of the herbs we have learned. Here’s a simple cookie recipe using food-grade herbs.
Sesame Orange Cookies
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 sticks unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup baking sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tbsp aged satsuma peel, chopped fine*
- 3/4 cup black sesame seeds, ground*
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cardamon
*Organic is best. I used Hunza organic black sesame seeds and dried my own organic satsuma peels in the oven on low temperature.
Directions: In medium/small bowl, melt butter then stir in sugar. In large bowl, combine dry ingredients except flour. Add butter and sugar mixture to large bowl. Add egg and vanilla extract. Now, half cup at a time, slowly stir in flour. Once all ingredients are blended, hand roll small balls of dough and place on parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 8 min or until bottom is lightly browned.
Adjustments: In future I would add additional Chen Pi at the end when rolling cookie balls to ensure every cookie has some peel. Maybe add in a tsp fresh tangerine juice or zest as well.
- Sha Ren and Chen Pi Cookies: http://lanafarson.com/classes/sha-ren-and-chen-pi-cookies-cardamon-orange-zest
- Black Sesame Cookies: http://joylicious.net/joylicious/2009/12/02/black-sesame-cookies
Black Sesame Seeds (Pinyin: Hei Zhi Ma) – Tonify Yin (sweet, neutral)
- Tonifies Liver and Kidneys, nourishes yin and blood, lubricates intestines
- Lightly slows aging signs (graying hair, wrinkles, dry skin), aids constipation
Aged Tangerine Peel (Pinyin: Chen Pi) – Regulate Qi (spicy, bitter, warm, aromatic)
- Promotes the flow of qi, dries damp and transforms phlegm, helps prevent stagnation
- Aids digestion
Cardamon (Pinyin: Sha Ren) – Aromatic to Transform Damp (spicy, warm, aromatic)
- Promotes movement of qi, transforms dampness, and strengthens SP
- Aids digestion