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.