Green Tea Shortbread Cookies



These cookies are kind of experimental. I was originally going to make rosemary shortbread cookies, but being too lazy to go to the supermarket to buy rosemary, I decided on a whim to make them green-tea flavored instead since I had all the ingredients on hand. Having never made shortbread before, I'm not exactly sure what constitutes a good shortbread, but these were decent enough. Soft, not too crumbly with a delicate hint of sweetness. Just as a warning, don't eat too many of these before going to bed....or you won't be able to sleep.

Read on for the recipe...




Green Tea Shortbread Cookies
adapted from clockworklemon
makes 15 cookies
Ingredients:
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup softened room temp butter
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar (packed)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp matcha powder 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Method:
  • Preheat oven to 350 F. 
  • Cream the butter and icing sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer.
  • Add the flour, salt, matcha powder and vanilla extract.
  • Use your hands to incorporate all the ingredients together, but you don't want to knead it too much or you will get a very dense cookie. 
  • Put the dough into a ziploc bag and use a rolling pin to flatten it out. This will make it easier to shape the cookies later.

  • Put the dough in the freezer for 15 minutes to firm it up and make it easier to cut.
  • Remove the dough from the freezer bag and slice the cookies.
  • Place them on a baking tray with parchment paper. It's okay to put them close together since the cookies won't spread.
  • optional: Sprinkle the cookies with chocolate powder or raw sugar or some more matcha powder for presentation.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.

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