umami cookie with white chocolate and seaweed seasoning

The Cookie Games 2018 Winner: Umami Cookie

This year’s first place winner of The Cookie Games at the International Culinary Center’s New York City campus came from Professional Culinary Arts student, Rebecca Ng, inspired by the umami forward flavors of Japan. Her original cookie recipe, Umami Cookie, received the highest score among the 10 competitors judged by the likes of Anna Bolz (ICC Alumna & Pastry Chef at Per Se), Craig Koketsu (Corporate Chef of Quality Branded Restaurant Group), Stephanie Prida (Pastry Chef of The Grill, The Pool and Lobster Club), and Mark Iacono (Owner of Lucali).

The three layered Umami Cookie begins with a base that captures the umami flavors inspired by sushi—crystallized shoyu, ginger and orange zest topped with Shichimi Togarashi powder. The second layer is a roasted nori powder cookie which is topped by a final layer of white chocolate sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds, sesame seaweed furikake and Shichimi Togarashi powerd. Try them out for yourself today!

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INGREDIENTS

For Decoration:

  • 1 Tbs. white sesame seeds, toasted
  • 2 Tbs. sesame seaweed Furikake
  • ¼ tsp. Shichimi Togarashi powder
  • 200 grams white chocolate
  • White chocolate, additional, as needed
  • 1/4 tsp. Shichimi Togarashi powder

For Cookie Dough:

  • 3 cups + 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tbs. powdered sugar
  • 12 oz. butter, unsalted and at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt

For Umami Cookie Layer:

  • 2/3 cookie dough (SEE ABOVE)
  • 1/4 cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1/4 tsp. Shichimi Togarashi powder
  • 4 tsp. crystallized shoyu powder (by Naogen)

For Nori Cookie Layer:

  • 5 sheets of roasted nori
  • 1/3 cookie dough (SEE ABOVE)

 


PROCEDURES

For Decoration:White Chocolate Sprinkled with Furikake and Togarashi powder

  1. Temper 200 grams white chocolate. Spread thinly on parchment paper to approximately 9” x 13″.
  2. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds, sesame seaweed Furikake, and 1/4 tsp Shichimi Togarashi powder.
  3. Trim into 48 1- ½” diameter circles and reserve for later use.

For Cookie Dough:

  1. In stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add egg yolk and continue to mix for 1 minute.
  3. Add flour and salt all at once and mix on the lowest speed just until the dough comes together.
  4. Divide dough in 1/3 and 2/3 portions. Reserve at room temperature.

For Umami Cookie Layer:

  1. Mix 2/3 cookie dough with all ingredients, being careful not to over mix as the Shoyu powder will dissolve.
  2. Roll out to 1/4″ thick.
  3. Transfer to a parchment-lined sheet tray and chill in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Trim into 48 1- ½” diameter circles and reserve chilled for later use.

For Nori Cookie Layer:

  1. Lightly toast nori sheets over a low flame. Cool and process in a spice grinder until fine.
  2. Mix 1/3  cookie with nori powder by hand until well incorporated.
  3. Roll out to 1/8″ thick.
  4. Transfer to a parchment-lined sheet tray and chill in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
  5. Trim into 48 1- ½” diameter circles and reserve chilled for later use.

For Assembly:

  1. Preheat convection oven to 325°F (convection) oven to 300°F.
  2. Place nori cookie layers on a parchment-lined baking sheet ½” apart from one another.
  3. Top with umami cookie layer and lightly press.
  4. Sprinkle with 1/4 tsp Shchimi Togarashi Powder.
  5. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly golden on the edges.
  6. Cool on baking rack.
  7. Melt additional white chocolate. Allow to cool slightly.
  8. Invert the cookies so the nori cookie is facing up.
  9. Top each cookie with pre-made white chocolate discs, adhered with a small amount of melted white chocolate.

Required Equipment: Stand mixer with a paddle attachment, rolling pin, sheet trays, spice grinder, cooling rack, 1- ½” round cutter

Assembling the Umami Cookie

2018 Cookie Games Contestants & Judges

Congratulations to the 2018 Cookie Games Winners

The 6th Annual Cookies Games was another huge success, demonstrating the extraordinary creativity of ICC’s Professional Culinary Arts and Pastry Arts students. From a record-breaking 23 entries, ICC’s in-house committee narrowed it down to 10 finalists who produced a wide variety of interesting flavors and textures. Examples of this year’s cookie flavors include: taro and coconut, oolong tea and honey, seaweed and white chocolate, buckwheat and prunes, sea buckthorn and sumac—check out the full list of finalist creations below!

Classmates, chef-instructors and staff were excited to try these original creations, pushing the limits of what a cookie can be. I’m proud of each student’s hard work and applaud their efforts.” – Jansen Chan, Director of Pastry Operations & Cookie Games Host

This year’s first place winner, Professional Culinary Arts student Rebecca Ng, took home the Grand Prize – KENWOOD Chef Major Kitchen Machine, TILIT Chef Backpack & Apron, and VALRHONA Inspiration Chocolates – for her Japanese-inspired Umami Cookie. Rebecca also won a private custom recipe video shoot with REMARQUE CREATIVE which will be shared on ICC’s social channels! In the meantime, you can make Rebecca’s Umami Cookies at home, click here for full recipe.

Congratulations are also in order for Pastry student, Yedenny Matos, who came in second place with her Dominican Republic-inspired Taro Coconut Cookie. Yedenny was also voted Fan Favorite by the audience of attendees at the ceremony! Third place went to the French-inspired Salted Butter and Buckwheat Layer Cookie created by Beth Sall, Professional Pastry Arts student. Yedenny and Beth both received BRAUN MultiQuick Hand Blenders and chef wear – coat & aprons – from TILIT.

We’d like to thank all the student participants of the 2018 Cookie Games, as well as our fabulous judges and generous sponsors! The roster of judges included Stephanie Prida (Pastry Chef of The Grill, The Pool, and Lobster Club), Mark Iacono (Owner of Lucali), Craig Koketsu (Corporate Chef of Quality Branded Restaurant Group) and Anna Bolz (Pastry Chef at Per Se). Check out our full gallery of photos from this year’s games below!

2018 COMPETITORS:

BOURBON CITRUS BARS
USA | Emma Lanier

FORMOSA
Taiwan | Earl Yin-Wei Liao

SALTED BUTTER & BUCKWHEAT LAYER COOKIES
France | Beth Sall

GUAVA JELLY
Dominican Republic | Evelyn Cooke

MITARASHI KUKKI
Japan | Jessie Yuchen Tsai & Stephen Quackenbush

TARO COCONUT COOKIE
Jamaica | Yedenny Matos

SUMMER BUTTER COOKIE
Mexico | Thomas Gallagher

RICH PINEAPPLE
Indonesia | Richard Leonardo

SEABUCK THORN & SUMAK SNAP
Denmark | Sharof Rashidov

UMAMI COOKIE
Japan | Rebecca Ng

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Photo Gallery: The Cookie Games 2017

Thank you to all student participants in the 5-year anniversary of The Cookie Games, as well as our fabulous judges. The roster of judges included Angie Mar (Chef/Owner at Beatrice Inn), Dorie Greenspan (Cookbook Author), Florian Bellanger (Executive Pastry Chef at MadMac), Robb Riedel (Managing Editor of Food Network Magazine) and Erik Murnighan (President of the International Culinary Center).

Congratulations to this year’s 1st place winners, Madeline Dudek and Clara Lim, students in ICC’s Professional Culinary Arts program for their India-inspired Browned Butter Masala Chai cookie. To check out their recipe to try at home, click here.  In addition to prizes furnished from our sponsors, including KitchenAid, the ladies were awarded with the opportunity to demonstrate their award-winning cookies at the New York Cake Show at Pier 36 on Sunday, June 11.

The Cookie Games 2017 Winners: Browned Butter Masala Chai Cookies

This year’s first place winner of The Cookie Games at the International Culinary Center’s New York City campus came from Professional Culinary Arts students. The duo of Madeline Dudek and Clara Lim chose the country of India as their main inspiration for their original cookie recipe. Creating Browned Butter Masala Chai Cookies, the duo received the highest score among the 10 competitors judged by the likes of Dorie Greenspan (Cookbook Author), Angie Mar (ICC Alumni and Chef/Owner of Beatrice Inn), renowned pastry chef Florian Bellanger, Robb Riedel of Food Network Magazine, and ICC’s President, Erik Murnighan.

The following recipe yields 48 cookies. Try them out for yourself today!


INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups butter, unsalted, divided
  • 1-2 star anise
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp. chai spices
  • -2 parts EACH ground cardamom and ground ginger
  • -1 part EACH ground fennel seed, ground coriander and ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese five spice
  • 4 ½ cups flour, all-purpose
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp. molasses
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup pecans, ground and toasted

For garnish:

  • 1 red beet, peeled and cubed
  • Coconut chips, unsweetened
  • 2 cups white chocolate, chopped
  • Ground cardamom, as needed
  • Ground cinnamon, as needed

    PROCEDURES

Prepare the browned butter by melting 1 cup of butter in a saucepan placed over medium heat with 1-2 star anise to infuse. Stir until nutty and light brown. Remove immediately from the heat and add the chai spices and Chinese five spice. Set aside to cool. While still liquid, strain the butter through a fine-mesh strainer, discarding the spices.

In a bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the cooled browned butter, butter, and sugars until light and fluffy. Add one egg or egg yolk at a time, scraping the sides occasionally. Add vanilla and molasses and mix. Add all dry ingredients and pecans and mix until just incorporated. Flatten the dough into a disk, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest in the refrigerator.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out and cut into diamond shapes. Place onto baking trays, lined with parchment paper. Return the portions to the refrigerator until chilled.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned. Allow cooling before decorating.


For garnish:

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a blender, process beet pieces with a small amount of water. Transfer the puree to a cheesecloth lined bowl, and squeeze the juice out. Discard the beet products.

Mix coconut chips with some of the beet juice to dye them red and spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for about 5 minutes. Allow cooling before decorating.

Melt 3/4 white chocolate in a metal or glass bowl over a pot of simmering water, stirring constantly. When completely melted, remove the bowl from the heat and add remaining white chocolate, stirring to cool the chocolate. When completely melted, add cardamom and cinnamon, as desired. Drizzle the tempered white chocolate over the cooled cookies.

Before the chocolate sets, finish with a piece of cooled, coconut chip in the center of each cookie.

Celebrating 5th Year of The Cookie Games at ICC New York Campus

The International Culinary Center® New York campus will be holding its fifth annual school-wide cookie competition on Thursday, May 25th from 3:30-5:30 PM in the ICC Amphitheater.

The Cookie Games was developed to challenge current ICC students to create an original cookie recipe inspired by a country of their choice. Teams of one or two submit a name and recipe for their cookie concept. Recipes should have a country of origin and will be judged based on creativity, execution, and taste. Based on submissions, an in-house committee will select 10 finalist teams to produce their cookie for a high-profile judging panel. The judges will award first, second and third place winners. In addition, all audience and press attendees at the ceremony will have a chance to try each of the eligible cookies and vote for a Fan Favorite.

Each year students deliver a wide assortment of international concepts such as Duck Fat Cookies (France), Rosy Taro Cookie (China) and Mole Cookie (Mexico). Winning entries have included: Dulcetto Bar (Russia) by Bojena Linton (2013), Coconut Daun Pandan (Malaysia) by Vianna Sinnan (2014) and Chocolate Cardamom Button (India) by Savita Bhat (2015).

This year, our judge’s panel will feature Angie Mar (Chef/Owner at Beatrice Inn), Dorie Greenspan (Cookbook Author), Florian Bellanger (Executive Pastry Chef at MadMac), Robb Riedel (Managing Editor of Food Network Magazine) and Erik Murnighan (President of the International Culinary Center).

Judges in the past have included: Kate Heddings (Senior Editor of Food & Wine), Daniel Holzman (Chef/Owner of The Meatball Shop), Bob Truitt (Corporate Pastry Chef of Altamarea Group), Jacques Torres (Chef/Owner of Jacques Torres Chocolate), Christina Tosi (Chef/Owner of Milk Bar) and Emily Luchetti (Chief Pastry Officer of Big Night Restaurant Group).

The 2017 event occurs with generous support from our premier sponsor, KitchenAid, as well as additional sponsorship from Michele Et Augustin and Island Ware. 

 

Use the official hashtag #TheCookieGames to share your favorites on social media!