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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Chocolate Dipped Green Tea Shortbread

Happy Chinese New Year's Eve and welcome to the year of the dragon! To celebrate, I have some green tea short bread for you!

White chocolate dipped green tea shortbread

For how to make leaf cookie shape without a leaf cookie cutter, hop on over to my all things crafty blog, Loops of Lavender! (Please follow! :o) )
Before I share the recipe, I want to point out that this shortbread is made with matcha which is really thought of as Japanese, and great for baking and green tea ice cream. Visit here for more about matcha, and here for more about Chinese green tea. The matcha I used was purchased at Teavana.



Green Tea Shortbread
Adapted from marthastewart.com

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
2 tablespoons Chinese green-tea powder (matcha)
1/2 teaspoon table salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
About half a bag chocolate chips for each flavor to dip with! (I used Ghirardelli white chocolate and 60% cocoa)
  1. Sift flour, tea powder, and salt into a small bowl; set aside. 
  2. Cream the butter in an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. 
  3. Add sugar; continue to beat until very light in color and fluffy, about 2 minutes more. 
  4. Add flour mixture; combine on low, scraping sides of bowl with a spatula if necessary, until flour is just incorporated and dough sticks together when squeezed with fingers.
  5. Dust a clean surface with flour and roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. (If your dough is too warm, chill it in the fridge for a bit)
  6. Cut or trace shapes and transfer to a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  7. Let chill in fridge for about 30 min. (Don't skip this step!)
  8. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 
  9. Bake until firm and barely starting to color, 15 to 20 minutes, rotating halfway through. 
  10. Cool completely on wire rack.
Green tea shortbread cookies

Great! Cookies are done! If you want to dip them in chocolate like I did, read on...

I melted my chocolate in a heat proof measuring cup in the microwave, since I wanted the chocolate to cover about 1/4 of the cookie, and I would have had to use way too much chocolate to get the chocolate that deep if I used a sauce pan on the stove.  Even so, I had chocolate left over, so here is what I suggest.

Before you start melting and dipping, prepare a cookie sheet lined with parchment and get ready to make chocolate bark! Have your ingredients on hand and when ever you are done dipping, pour the extra chocolate right onto the sheet, sprinkle with extras and let set. You're magic! Two desserts in one night! Here is a recipe I have for s'more bark for inspiration.

One more tip for the white chocolate, it is very easy to overheat so go slowly! It may help to add 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil to the chocolate to thin it as you melt, but go slowly with that too!

Freshly dipped green tea shortbread

White chocolate dipped green tea shortbread

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