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Matcha Checkerboard Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Do you love shortbread cookies? And do you love matcha? If you said yes to both, then you are going to love this matcha checkerboard shortbread cookies.

These cookies are so crumbly, and so melt-in-your-mouth. They are not too sweet, which can be dangerous since they disappear so quickly before I even realize I have eaten half a dozen cookies before I stop myself. 😀

Matcha Checkerboard Shortbread Cookies.

Good Matcha is a Must

If you have been flummoxed trying to get that elusive bright green color in your matcha, then you are not alone. I am by nature (or is it by nurture?) a very frugal person.

The first couple of times when I shopped for matcha, I used to choose the cheap kind, and they always ended up looking brownish and the tea I made with them felt slightly gritty.

Well, lesson learned. Now I know better to look for good quality matcha so I don’t end up disappointed.

You can try this culinary grade matcha from Maeda-en if you are still looking. Or if you are a Costco member, I recently bought a huge 12 oz packet of Ito En Matcha for less than $30, super great quality at an unbelievable price.

Matcha Checkerboard Shortbread Cookies.

Matcha Checkerboard Shortbread Cookies.

Not Too Sweet Cookies

Once you have read enough Japanese recipes, you get this concept of not-too-sweet dessert/snack/sweet/cake/e.t.c.

I don’t grow up in Japan, but my Mom is an expert in making not-too-sweet dessert, so much so that I now end up having to cook/bake all sort of sweets at home since store-bought ones feel too sweet for me.

But, if you have a more normal palette, this cookie can be on the not-sweet side. In that case, feel free to increase the sugar to suit your preference. I would suggest adding 50% first, and if even that is not enough, go ahead and double the sugar.

Matcha Checkerboard Shortbread Cookies.

Matcha Checkerboard Shortbread Cookies.

Do Watch Your Oven

In the recipe, I states that the cookies need about 15 minutes of baking time. Know that oven can varies, and yours might need slightly less or slightly longer. But regardless, do start to watch out at around 12 minutes mark.

For this particular batch, it took about 18 minutes, but I think the edges are a bit too brown. 😉 I looked at the cookies at 12 minutes, decided they need more time, and added 5 minutes.

Haha, shouldn’t have done that, should have added just 3 more minutes like I usually did. But, there will be plenty more batches since these quickly disappear into thin air around here.

Matcha Checkerboard Shortbread Cookies.

Matcha Checkerboard Shortbread Cookies.

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