bacon maple and greentea shortbread

by gingeredpear

Made this a Christmas treats this year! Light cookies with subtle flaovrs, perfect with bit of tea or coffee.

Bacon Maple and Greentea Shortbread
makes about 35-40 cookies
adapted from ATFT

Shortbread ingredients
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Bacon Maple
4 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 cup of bacon chips (Cut off the fat on the 5 (depending how fatty your bacon is) bacon slices and line them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350F for about 20mins or until bacon is crispy but not burnt! Cool to room temperatures and chop into crumbs – its nice to have some larger and fine crumbs for contrast.)

Green tea
2.5 tsp match powder

Shift the flour (and matcha if you’re making the green tea flavor). Add salt and mix. Set aside. Whip the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth, pale and creamy. Add vanilla extract (and maple syrup) and mix until well combined. Mix until well incorporated.

Lay a long sheet for cling wrap (approx 50cm, with 5cm overlap). Spread the dough evenly across and slowly wrap the dough with cling wrap and roll it away from you into a cynlinder/sausage. (Make sure the log is even.) Approximately 2 inches in diameter. Tie knots on both ends and transfer the logs onto a small baking sheet. Fridge for about 1 hour or until the dough is firm enough to cut but not rock hard. (If you fridge is overnight, let it soften a bit at room temperature for 10 minutes. If you find any unwanted creases or the log flattens on the bottom, roll the log in the cling wrap until you achieve desired shape. The creases will even out while baking but try to achieve the basic shape you desire.)

Preheat oven to 350F. Remove the log from fridge and peel the cling wrap, but leave the log on the clingwrap for easy cleanup. Cut into 1/4″ even slices. Place the cookies on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until light golden brown on the middle rack. Careful that they do not burn! Let it cool before attempting to eat one.