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Painted Matcha Shortbread

Matcha shortbread painted with edible gold. Ready for virtual tea time! I’m so grateful that during this time of quarantine, I’m finally able to set aside a little time each week to catch up with friends via webcam over a cup of tea. The painting technique was inspired by Melly Eats World. I mixed some edible 24K gold powder with vodka to make a thin gold paint, and used my tiniest brush to paint Asian inspired patterns and florals onto the lovely green cookies.

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  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons matcha powder
  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp 24K edible gold powder
  • Food grade alcohol (vodka)



Sift together the flour, matcha powder, and salt in a large bowl,


In a separate bowl, beat the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy,


Mix in the flour mixture 1/3 at a time until all just combined,


Gather dough into a disc, and refrigerate for about 30 minutes,


Preheat oven to 350˚


Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper,


Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface to 1/4" thickness.


Using a floured cookie cutter, cut out rounds and place onto the prepared baking sheets. Stacking and re-roll out the scraps of dough until all are used up,


Refrigerate cookies for about 15 minutes before baking to prevent spreading,


Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, then let the cookies cool completely before painting,


Mix a few drops of alcohol at a time into the gold powder to create a thin paint, and hand paint each cookie with your preferred design

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