Friday 18 March 2016

Totoro Black Sesame German Cookie

One week of school holiday just flew by, have not accomplished anything much the past week, other than lazing around. I'm addicted to a new Korean drama after a long hiatus from watching any dramas, can't wait for it to be over, so my life can go back to normal, lol. (sounds ridiculous but it's true.) It's going to be busy the coming school term onwards, all the way till early October for IT, where he will be taking his first major examination. I hope he can take the stress and perform up to expectation, both from us and the school.

For today, I'm sharing these Totoro melt in your mouth cookies. This long overdue recipe is from last year. I made a few variation of german cookies and this one was one of them.

Totoro was coloured grey using black sesame and Susuwatarti (black soot) was coloured black using charcoal powder.

If you like black sesame, you will like this cookie. However, if you don't, I suggest you colour the dough grey using charcoal powder or black colouring instead, so you won't get the taste of black sesame. IT likes the cookies but LT prefers the plain version, without black sesame.

If you can't get hold of charcoal powder, you can replace with dark cocoa powder or black colouring.


125g butter
50g icing sugar, sifted
125g potato starch
80g cake flour
1 tbsp toasted grounded black sesame
1 tsp charcoal powder

  1. Beat butter and icing sugar till light and fluffy.
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  3. Sift in potato starch and flour, mix till a soft dough is formed.
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  5. Divide dough into 3 portions, around 300g, 50g and 20g. Colour 300g of it using black sesame. Colour 20g of it using charcoal powder. Leave the 50g plain. Wrap the dough separately with cling wrap and refrigerate for half an hour.
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  7. Take the grey dough, mould into balls and flatten them a little.
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  9. Take the grey dough dough and roll into two small balls, flatten them a little into ovals and place on the top of the cookie.
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  11. Use white dough to mould out Totoro's eyes and tummy.
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  13. Add water to the black dough a little at a time till you get a paste that you can use to draw. Fill in a pipping bag and pipe out Totoro's eyes.
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  15. Pipe out the inverted "V" on Totoro's tummies.
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  17. Bake cookies at 140 degrees celcius for around 20 minutes. To prevent cracking, please place at the middle to low rack and insert an empty tray above it. 


  1. Can you convert the measurement from grams to cups? Thank you

    1. It's 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup icing sugar, 2/3 cup cake flour, 1 cup potato starch.

  2. Thank you so much

  3. Hi Ming from Bentomonsters!

    i love all your recipes and i have tried making your tsumtsum german cookies with ease and the results were really lovely! thank you for all your hard work, effort and time in documenting the methods in easy to follow steps for us readers, we really appreciate it! i would like to try these totoro ones next and i wonder if there is a way to making the cookies a little more crunchy yet still holding its shape? i love german cookies texture as they are melt in your mouth but probably this time i would prefer a crispier, not so crumbly textured cookie. will you have any pointers on how to achieve that? :)


    1. Hi! I actually did try to make them crunchy and still melt in your mouth, but the recipe did not work out so far. If you prefer slightly crunchy, you can use this recipe, and substitute around 35g of the flour for cornflour.

  4. These are totally adorable!

  5. I love melt in the mouth cookies. These are super cute and looks so yummy!

  6. Thank you! Lol, yes, you got it right, I actually try not to watch dramas, coz I get addicted easily, but this one has my favourite actor/actress, and is too good to be missed. Yay, one more sleep to wednesday.

  7. Ming, Thank you for pointing out the Sheep Butter cookies recipe for my next attempt , and I shall be updating you with the results soon! Hope they turn out okay :) meanwhile enjoy the holidays while you can, love the recent posting on mini chiffon in eggshellss, your ideas are brilliant!!!


  8. Hi ur creations are amazing! Just want to check, where can i get charcoal powder?

    1. If you are from Singapore, you can get it from Phoon Huat.


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