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The summer is long over and even the holidays are coming closer, and for those of us who couldn’t take the waiting..I have a nice treat to please your taste buds and prepare you for the festive season!! So, today with these tamago boro cookies I want to take you to Japan, because that’s where they come from. They are biscuits with a particular taste, trying just one is not enough to fully understand it. It’s a snowball effect really (the cookies I made look like tiny snowballs them self :-)) and are often served during Christmas holidays.
Tamago means “eggs” in Japanese, so you will see that word in a lot of Japanese recipes, like the Tamagoyaki rolled omelette for example.
These cookies are similar to wagashi mochi I made recently.
They taste somehow very neutral, but sweet and delicious at the same time, I don’t know how to explain it and honestly did not quite understand if I liked them at first, even if I ate them all though. I will definitely try again to decide whether I really like them or not when eating the next batch :-).
Homemade Japanese Tamago Boro Egg Biscuits Recipe
Ingredients for about 40/50 cookies:
- - 1 egg yolk
- - 30 gr of granulated sugar (and powdered sugar for rolling the cookies)
- - 70 gr of (corn) or potato starch
- - whole milk (2 or 3 teaspoons)
- in a bowl put the egg yolk and add the sugar and mix well. Add the cornstarch and start kneading. The mixture initially will not mix well, but continue to mix with your hands adding a teaspoon of milk, always knead by hand adding if necessary few more teaspoons of milk. I have added 3 in total as seen in the video recipe and I must say that it is kneaded to perfection.
- Knead the dough until it becomes smooth and form small balls as in the photo, place them in a plate lined with parchment paper and bake in a hot oven at 180 degrees for 15 minutes.
- Balls do not have to be browned too much, do not leave them more than the required time.
- Let them cool and store in a plastic container with hermetic closure.
And here are some details on how they sell these cookies in Japan, so if you visit the country you could better know what to look for.
Tamago Boro are small Japanese egg cookies usually sold by the brand Takeda. They are available in a set of seven small bags.
By the way if you’re wondering Bolo are originally Portuguese cookies.
Name: Tamago Boro [卵ボーロ]
Price: approx. $2,10
Dimensions: each 8.2×9.3 cm
These cookies are also sold in other countries thorough Europe and US mainly in specialty Asian/Japanese stores.
My First Impressions of these Japanese cookies
When I was in Japan last year I saw these egg cookies sold everywhere. The small colorful bags with Tamago Boro can be found in almost every shop in Japan and make a really good first impression. On each bag a little cute animal smiles at you. The pack of 7 is also always dedicated to a weekday. On the one hand, if you buy the individual packaging this would create more waste, so most people there buy them in bulk packs.
On the other hand, the cookies can be divided in smaller portions easily. The pastry itself has a diameter of just 1 cm and a nice golden yellow baked color (the ones I made are rolled in powder sugar ax you can see in the photos). These cookies also contain extra calcium, so they are also (kind of) healthy 😉 !
So, what is the Taste of the Tamago Boro
These Little Egg biscuits remind me a bit of the typical spoon or drop biscuit even reminiscent of biscotti. However, without the sugar crust it was still good and yet also slightly mealy and dry. That’s a pity, because they have the fines aroma of a cookie you can find, period! Due to the dryness when I first tried them they fail with me unfortunately. Though, when I made them at home with a little twist, they turn out pretty awesome, so I really recommend you try these cookies too.
Here are the Ingredients in the cookie packs sold in Japan
Sugar, Egg (Chicken), Dextrose, Malt Sugar, Syrup-Like Candy Mass, Skimmed Milk Powder, Blowing Agent, Spice. One sachet contains 39.1 kcal, 0.2 g Protein, 9.3 g carbohydrates, 0.01 g salt and 26mg calcium.
Tamago Boro are small cookies, which are especially suitable for (small) children. They have a fine taste, but are unfortunately also very dry, so you may want to eat them with hot cocoa, tea, coffee, juice or any other drink you or your kid prefer.
They’re crunchy and they melt in the mouth!!!
And here is another even easier tamago boro recipe:
While I was snooping on the net I found a pretty similar recipe to the one I made above.
- 120 grams of potato starch
- 10 grams of cornstarch
- 55 gr milk powder
- 30 gr sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 grams yeast (optional recipe made without)
- Heat the oven to 170°C
- Mix the egg and the icing sugar
- Add the potato starch, cornstarch and milk powder 3 times
- Mix well you must get a ball neither too sticky nor too dry (if necessary add a little liquid milk or a little cornstarch)
- Make small balls about 1 cm in diameter
- Bake for about 15-20 minutes
See you soon and have a good week ahead.
Have you tried making these little cute and most importantly yummy tamago boro Japanese cookies? Share your thoughts and let me know in the comments below.