Those melt-in-your-mouth, sweet, buttery cookies, with a hint of pleasant bitterness from green tea are simply amazing. Crumbly, light, with each bite, there's mild aroma of green tea. Enjoy (with a cup of hot tea) for yourself or give them as a gift, esp. to those tea lovers.
- Preheat oven to 175C/350F, and line two baking trays with parchment paper. Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl. Use a spatula to stir the shortening, butter, sugar and vanilla extract until smooth, then beat with an electric mixer until blended. Add egg white in two additions and whip until fluffy.
- Sift the flour mixture into the butter mixture and mix with a plastic spatula until just moistened. Combine 70 grams of the batter with the matcha tea powder in another bowl. Fill a pastry bag with a large star tip with two kinds cookie batters. Pipe cookies into curves onto prepared baking trays, spacing about 1 inch apart.
- Bake for about 15 minutes in the center of the hot oven. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Store the cookies in the airtight container for up to one week.