One of my favorite green tea recipes is the green tea shortbread cookie recipe I originally found on Project Foodie.  What really caught my eye on the recipe featured, was that the cookies which were made to look like green tea leaves! I didn’t have the cookie cutter shape to make tea leaves at the time, so instead I made matcha shortbread Christmas trees.

I’ve been on the lookout ever since for a tea leaf-like cookie cutter. I finally found one made by Ateco that looked similar.  It was part of a flower and leaf set which I purchased from Amazon. The other pieces in the set ended up being really hard to use, but the leaf one was perfect! After I cut out the leaf shaped, I used a knife to make the indents in the middle.

The cookies are buttery, melty, and chock full of the taste of green tea.  They go great with a cup of tea. =)

Matcha Green tea shortbread leaves (slightly adapted from DeDe Wilson’s recipe found on Project Foodie)


    • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • a pinch of salt
    • 1 cup butter, cut into small pieces
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons  high quality matcha (green tea) powder
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar


      1. Whisk flour and salt together in a small bowl.

      2. In a separate bowl, beat butter until creamy.  Add matcha powder and beat until mixture is a uniform green color. Add sugar continue beating until light and fluffy.

      3. Add about half of the flour, then mix on low speed.  Gradually add
      remaining flour, mixing just until blended. The mixture should look crumbly; but if you squeeze it between your fingers, it will come together. Gather the dough into a large ball.

      4. Roll out dough to 1/3-inch thickness between two pieces of parchment paper.
      Peel off top parchment paper.

      5. Cut out as many cookies as possible using cookie cutter and place on cookie sheets 1-inch apart. Re-roll remaining dough and repeat until all of the dough is used up. Refrigerate cut outs for one hour.

      6. Preheat oven to 325 F. Bake for about 17 minutes or until the cookies are dry and firm to the touch. The edges might just start turning brown.


      14 Responses to “Matcha Green tea shortbread leaves”

      1. Michelle — March 20, 2010 at 4:32 pm

        this sounds faboulous! which is better? these shortbread ones or your other recipe for green tea sugar cookies… i can’t decide!!

      2. Anne — March 21, 2010 at 4:44 am

        I love the leaf-shaped cookies on the leaf-shaped plate! Very cute!

      3. Kirbie — March 21, 2010 at 9:03 am

        Oh that’s a hard question! I’m not sure…I think it depends on what I’m more in the mood for. The green tea sugar cookies is sweeter, crunchier, and more sugar cookie-like..the shortbread cookies are less sweet, more intense green tea taste, also more crumbly buttery (like other shortbread cookies. They are both pretty easy to make!

      4. Kirbie — March 21, 2010 at 9:05 am

        I liked that too! Hehe. I knew my leaf shape plate would come in handy one day!

      5. anna — March 21, 2010 at 11:16 pm

        So cuuuute! All your matcha cookies sound wonderful.

      6. Rocquie — March 22, 2010 at 8:15 am

        Very pretty cookies. Perfect for spring!

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      8. Maria — October 9, 2011 at 4:56 pm

        Love your cookies, they look great! Can’t wait to try this recipe. Could you please tell me where you purchased the cookie cutter for the leaf shaped cookies?

      9. Maria — October 9, 2011 at 5:01 pm

        Just re read and noticed that you purchased the cookie cutter on Aamazon. Will have a look!

        • Kirbie replied: — October 10th, 2011 @ 8:46 am

          Yes, i got them from Amazon. it was a whole set of different Autumn leaves and flowers.

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      11. Becca — March 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm

        What kind of matcba green tea powder did you use??

        • Kirbie replied: — March 2nd, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

          I use Maeda-En. It’s a pretty high quality green tea powder and so the baked goods remain a pretty green. You can find it at most japanese markets.

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