White Chocolate–Matcha Shortbread Cookies
Serves: 36
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 (4-ounce) packages white baking chocolate, melted according to package directions
  • Garnish: chopped salted macadamia nuts
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, matcha, and salt, whisking well.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter at high speed with a mixer until smooth and creamy, approximately 1 minute. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract, beating until smooth and incorporated, approximately 2 minutes. Add flour mixture, beating until combined and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Divide dough into 2 portions. Using a rolling pin, roll each portion into a disk, and wrap securely in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until dough is hard but still soft enough to roll out, approximately 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°.
  5. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll each dough portion to a ⅛-inch thickness. Using a 2-inch fluted round cutter, cut 18 rounds from each portion of dough, rerolling scraps as necessary. Place rounds 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Freeze for 20 minutes.
  7. Bake until edges are very light golden brown, approximately 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire cooling racks, and let cool completely.
  8. Place slightly cooled, melted white chocolate in a piping bag fitted with a very small round tip (Wilton #4). Pipe horizontal lines across cookies, then vertical lines, creating a basket-weave appearance.
  9. Garnish cookies with a sprinkle of macadamia nuts, if desired.
  10. Let white chocolate set slightly* before serving.
Notes
MAKE-AHEAD TIP: Cookies can be made a day in advance, stored in an airtight container with layers separated by wax paper, and refrigerated until ready to serve, up to a day.
Recipe by TeaTime Magazine at https://www.teatimemagazine.com/white-chocolate-matcha-shortbread-cookies/