Matcha is finely powdered Japanese green tea. It is one of the easiest and most exciting ways of incorporating tea into sweets. Both purity of flavor and a radiant leaf-green color, makes it so popular. Its easily dissolvable nature makes it ideal for making goodies.
Ingredients ( Yields 3 Dozon cookies )
• 11/2 cup powdered sugar
• 2 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons pure matcha powder
• 1 cup plus 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 6 egg yolks
• 31/2 cups all-purpose flour
• Pinch salt
• Sugar, for dusting (optional)
1. Combine together the powdered sugar and matcha powder. Add in the butter. Beat the mixture together thoroughly until smooth and gets a clear spinach green colour.
2. Add in the egg yolks and beat until mostly incorporated. Make sure the entire batter is blended properly, even the ones at the edge of the bowl.
3. Once it’s perfectly mixed, Pour in the flour and pinch of salt, half at a time, and continue combining.
It might take a minute for the flour to absorb into the dough, but do not rush the process.
Once all the flour is in, using your hands, check for gooey lumps or dry sections of the dough. Keep mixing until the dough is smooth, i.e., without any crumbs.
4. Pull the dough together off the bowl and make it into a ball. The warmth of your hands would make it easy to pull off the dough. Lay out the ball onto a piece of plastic wrap, seal it up, and form the ball into a flattened disk. Chill it for about 30 minutes to 1 hour.
5. Preheat the oven 350°F.
6. When you need to bake, roll out the dough to about 1/2-inch thick. Cut out cookies into various shapes using a cookie cutter. Dunk the cookies in the sugar and flip them to coat both sides.
7. Set them on a parchment-paper-lined cookie sheet and bake 12 to 15 minutes, until barely starting to turn golden. Cool on wire racks.