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Matcha and Black Sesame Shortbread

Matcha powder gives traditional shortbread a healthy green hue (perfect for the holidays) and black sesame seeds create a unique and impressive contrast.

  • Yields: 24 cookies
  • Preparation: 40 minutes (+2 hours of chilling time)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (125mL) STIRLING - Stirling Creamery Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup (50mL) icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup (250mL) all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp (7mL) matcha powder
  • 1/4 tsp (1mL) baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp (1mL) salt
  • 3 oz (100mL) white chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tbsp (30mL) black sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup (60mL) egg whites, beaten

Instructions

  1. Using electric beaters, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy. In separate bowl, combine flour, matcha powder, baking powder and salt; using wooden spoon, gradually stir into butter mixture. Stir in white chocolate.
  2. Transfer dough to lightly floured work surface; shape into 7-inch (18 cm) log. Sprinkle sesame seeds on baking sheet in thin layer. Brush log lightly all over with egg white; roll in sesame seeds until fully coated. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 2 hours or until firm (or freeze for up to 2 months, then thaw in refrigerator before baking).
  3. Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Cut log into 24 slices, about 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick. Place on 2 parchment paper–lined baking sheets, about 2 inches (5 cm) apart.
  4. Bake, in batches, in centre of oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden. Let cool in pans on racks for 2 minutes. Transfer directly to racks; let cool completely.
  • Cookies can be baked and stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
Photo of - Matcha and Black Sesame Shortbread

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (125mL) STIRLING - Stirling Creamery Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup (50mL) icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup (250mL) all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp (7mL) matcha powder
  • 1/4 tsp (1mL) baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp (1mL) salt
  • 3 oz (100mL) white chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tbsp (30mL) black sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup (60mL) egg whites, beaten