Mmmm. Green tea. Not the fake stuff that comes in Lipton bottles. I mean freshly prepared green tea in delicate Chinese porcelain cups, while sitting on your grassy green lawn engaged in the newest Oprah Book Club novel. That is my slice of heaven. And I attained that on a pleasurable afternoon, through baking…Green Tea Shortbread.
Green Tea Shortbread
Adapted from 17 and Baking
2 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons matcha (green tea powder)
Pinch of salt
2 sticks of butter, room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
- Sift the flour, matcha, and salt together in a bowl.
- With an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until fluffy (about 5 minutes.) Add in the powdered sugar and beat until very fluffy and light (3 minutes more for me.) Add in the flour mixture and stir on low speed until just combined.
- Roll out the dough to 3/4″ thickness on a lightly floured surface.
- Freeze the dough until firm, around 20 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Using any cookie cutter, cut out as many shapes as possible. Believe me when I say “any”, I used an airplane, a gingerbread man, a gingerbread woman, and a heart.
- Bake cookies for 20 minutes or until begining to brown around the edges. Cool cookies on a wire rack until room temperature.
Voila! C’est tres facile! 5 ingredients total and you have yourself a batch of delicious cookies sufficient enough to serve as your afternoon snack for the next few days. Unless, you are a true cookie monster, in which case, these cookies would not be able to serve out their full term as your afternoon snack.