I don't drink coffee, I find it makes me too jittery and a little anxious sometimes. However, when I first discovered matcha I realized it was quickly going to be my coffee replacer. Every day with breakfast I have green tea then usually when I get to work I have a second cup. I love the taste and it has enough caffeine to give me that boost in the morning. However, when I am feeling a little sluggish like those mornings after 7am spin class, I definitely reach for my matcha. I love making a matcha latte, with any sort of milk, a little bit of vanilla and then a tsp of matcha. It tastes creamy and delicious and gives me a slow release of caffeine that I sometimes need. So when I started seeing people bake with the flavour I got VERY excited. The first thing I made were Matcha Blondies, which you can find on the blog, inspired by the dessert at Kuma in Tofino. Then I kept thinking of other ways to use it and thought why not use it in shortbread cookies. They turned out delicious, not too sweet but a great snack with a different flavour. I think my next recipe experiment with matcha will be macarons. If you like matcha as much as me, definitely try this simple recipe out.
- 2 cups flour
- 1-2 tbsp matcha powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup butter (at room temperature)
- 1/2 cup - 1 cup icing sugar (this depends on how strong your matcha is)
- Sift the flour, tea and salt in a bowl.
- In a mixer beat together the butter and icing sugar until fluffy.
- Add flour mixture to mixer and mix slowly until well combined.
- Roll dough into two logs and wrap in cellophane before placing in freezer for 30 minutes.
- When the dough is firm to touch, remove and cut into 1/4 inch rounds.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 16-18 minutes.
- When cooled dip in dark or white chocolate, covering half of the circle.
*I found my logs were not well rounded so my cookies were not perfect circles. What I would try next time is rolling the dough into two separate balls and freeze. Once you remove from freezer roll out dough and use a cookie cutter to cut out cookies.