Stephine of Bean and Plum Discover the World had commented that she found my blog while surfing the net for a "chinsuko" recipe. This got me surfing the web in Japanese. I found a "chinsuko" recipe on this site in Japanese and passed it along to her. She tried it and blogged about it.
For those of you who don't know what "chinsuko" are, they are a shortbread-like cookie that can be found in Okinawa. While they have all kinds of flavored ones like pineapple and purple sweet potato, I like the original plain one and I have also found one dipped in dark chocolate, yum!
Here is the recipe it is really easy to make and doesn't take many ingredients.
Chinsuko from "Mezase Champuru"
100g flour (7.025 T)
70g brown sugar (4.9T)
50g lard (3.5T)
Mix lard and sugar together
Add flour and mix well
Shape into 15 cookies leaving space on the tray as the cookies will spread a little
Bake at 170C(325F) for 30 minutes
NOTES: I used Okinawan pure brown sugar. But the taste is not what I envisioned it to be. I'm not too sure how to tweak this recipe, I made only 9 cookies from this recipe and all spread out to a round shaped cookie--the true chinsuko is supposed to look like a stick or a crinkle cut french fry. Mixing the ingredients together formed a rather firm dough so it was easy to roll between my palms and shape with my hands. Still, Stephine's chinsuko definitely looks better, I will try this recipe again.
UPDATE: the blog, Bean and Plum discover the world, no longer exists but if you would like the recipe, please contact her @ email@example.com with the subject reading "chinsuko".