I tried something new yesterday. I baked. Baking is one of those talents I just did not get from my mom. My mom can bake amazing cakes, cookies, treats, and pies. I can not. I can cook like it is nobody business, but baking is harder for me since you have to be so exact and precise. 2016 is going to be all about me breaking out of my comfort zone. I want to experience and learn this year. So.. . . I made Matcha Shortbread Cookies with a few tools I recently received (cookie press and silicone baking mats!). All I can say is that I rocked these out like it was nobody’s business and they turned out fantastically.
To make these Matcha Shortbread Cookies, all the products you need except for the matcha, you will more than likely find in your cupboard. Flour, butter, sugar, and salt. That’s it. The recipe is super simple too. The matcha I used was a ceremonial grade, but culinary would work too.
2 1/4 cups of flour; a pinch of salt; 1 cup butter; 2 1/2 tablespoons of matcha, 1/2 cup sugar
First combine the flour and salt-whisking it together in a bowl.
Whip the butter, sugar, and matcha until the batter looks light and fluffy.
Slowly add the flour mixture into the green pudding looking fun-making sure to whip in the flour completely before adding more. Continue doing that until the flour is gone. When you are finished, you will end up with a concoction that reminded me of play-doh.
Pre-heat your oven to 325. Now here is the fun and creative part. I used my new cookie press (EEK!). I’ve always wanted to make those super cute cookies for tea time and now I can. I loaded up my cookie press with this mixture. After a few minutes fiddling with it. . . . TaDa!
If you don’t have a cookie press, you can roll these into little balls or even roll them out and use cookie cutters. Either way works. After the oven has preheated, bake these beauties for about 15-17 minutes and that’s it! You are done!
How cute are these? Delicious. So good! I had proper cookies to enjoy while watching Doctor Who last night and drinking tea. Too fun! For one of my first baking projects this year, I think it turned out pretty well! I’m quite happy with them and they tasted fantastic. Very similar to butter cookies but with that sweet matcha flavor infused in. They didn’t last long last night. That’s for sure! Light and crisp, they went marvelously with my tea last night.
I want to try this same recipe but with tea infused butter. That’ll be a project for another day. I think tomorrow I”ll chat about the rest of my goals I have for myself. Over the holiday break, I was watching the news and one of the stories they chatted about was how if you made your goals public, you are more driven to attain them. Makes sense. I’m working on my proper list and then we will just see how much I can achieve this year.
Happy Monday everyone! Have a great day!
~Until Next Time~