Shortbread With An Asian Twist

11 Jan

Time for another shortbread post! Shortbread is my all-time favorite type of cookie. It’s buttery, light and slightly sweet. But what I love most about shortbread is that you can experiment with so many variations, from savory to sweet to somewhere in the middle. For my latest experiment, I was making something special for my parents highlighting some of my favorite Asian flavors: matcha (green tea) powder and black sesame seeds. So here’s my shortbread with an Asian twist: Macha Sesame Shortbread Flowers!

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This recipe makes about 60 cookies. Put all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until a dough forms.


Form the dough into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for about an hour to let it set.


When you’re ready to work with the dough, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Take dough out of the refrigerator and cut into four parts. I do this, so the dough is more manageable to roll, but you can cut it in half as well.

IMG_7253Take one of the quarters and roll into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/3-1/2″ thick. I wanted my shortbread to look like little flowers, so I used a 2″ flower cookie cutter.


Take each flower and dip one side in sugar and then place a few sesame seeds in the middle. Place on cookie sheet.

IMG_7258IMG_7259IMG_7263Bake the cookies in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Let the cookies cool on a wire rack. You can serve them right away or pack them in airtight container. But trust me, these won’t last very long at all!

IMG_7268I absolutely loved these cookies! Not only are they absolutely adorable, but the flavor combination of matcha powder and black sesame seeds worked so well together. I was having dinner that night at my favorite sushi restaurant, so I brought some cookies for the chef, he totally approved.  I still have matcha and sesame seeds left over, so am thinking about what else I can make!


One Response to “Shortbread With An Asian Twist”

  1. loveandmuses April 23, 2013 at 5:10 PM #

    Amazing! Your creations always have my mouth watering on instagram. I will have to try these recipes out. Looking forwarding to reading more posts. -Sueann

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