Green tea shortbread cookies are one of my favorite holiday cookie recipes because I love matcha flavored desserts and the pretty green is perfect for the holidays. Last year I made green tea shortbread trees.

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Recently, Fave Diets created a free e-book made up of blogger submitted Holiday recipes, and it includes the recipe I submitted for green tea shortbread cookies. Looking at my old post, I decided to spruce up the tree cookies and make them a little less plain.

I bought a bunch of different Christmas sprinkles this weekend and so I decided to decorate the trees as if they were real Christmas trees. These cookies are buttery, not too sweet, and have a deep match flavor.

Match Green Tea Shortbread Tree Cookies (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, matcha powder and sugar 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 1/2-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.

6. Preheat oven to 325 F. Bake for about 15-17 minutes or until the cookies are dry and firm to the touch. The edges might just start turning brown.


18 Responses to “Green Tea Shortbread Cookies”

  1. Quay Po Cooks — December 15, 2010 at 4:02 am

    Very elegant festive looking cookies!

    • Kirbie replied: — December 15th, 2010 @ 9:17 am


  2. Crustabakes — December 15, 2010 at 6:20 am

    These are really pretty! i love how evenly spaced each of the mini stars are!

    • Kirbie replied: — December 15th, 2010 @ 9:17 am took a while to place them one by one, but I love how they turned out!

  3. Roxan — December 15, 2010 at 8:48 am

    These look so good! I haven’t made green tea shortbread yet. Actually, i don’t think i’ve made any green tea cookies yet! The horror…….
    You have a lot more patience than I do. I don’t think I would have had the patience to strategically place all those sprinkles on like that.

    • Kirbie replied: — December 15th, 2010 @ 9:16 am

      Hehee. I didn’t plan on it. But I sat down with them and suddenly started doing all this decorating. Ended up spending a lot more time on these cookies than I had expected.

  4. Carolyn Jung — December 15, 2010 at 9:11 am

    What a delightful and clever way to get real green cookies without resorting to artificial colorings. I love matcha, too. The flavor is just so haunting.

    • Kirbie replied: — December 15th, 2010 @ 9:13 am

      I hate using food coloring. My one exception is for red velvet things because it just isnt red velvet unless it’s red, but even then, I feel so bad when I’m putting the red food coloring in. So I love baking with matcha during the holidays so I can avoid food coloring and still have green desserts.

  5. Mary — December 15, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Those sprinkles are totally cute!

    • Kirbie replied: — December 15th, 2010 @ 10:36 am

      I got them from Do It With Icing! I loaded up on all sorts of sprinkles…more than I need this year.

  6. Siri — December 15, 2010 at 11:27 am

    What a good idea. I love just about anything with matcha, but the idea of using the coloring for Christmas is really clever. Shortbread is such a fun thing to make!

    • Kirbie replied: — December 15th, 2010 @ 11:55 am

      I love everything matcha too! And with shortbread, the color really comes out. A lot of other things with matcha can turn brown.

  7. erica @ fashionmeetsfood — December 15, 2010 at 11:35 am

    These trees are precious and look fabulous. I am your newest follower.

    • Kirbie replied: — December 15th, 2010 @ 11:55 am

      Thank you!

  8. E — December 16, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    How many cookies does this yield?

    • Kirbie replied: — December 17th, 2010 @ 10:10 am

      Well it really depends on how big your cookie cutters are. I did big ones and small ones. It was about 2 dozen.

  9. Elizabeth Q. — January 8, 2011 at 10:50 am

    This sounds like a great green tea recipe. Will definitely try this one. I’ve been in search for green tea cookie recipes for a while now. Glad I found this website. Thanks for sharing!

    • Kirbie replied: — January 10th, 2011 @ 1:48 am

      I have a couple of green tea cookies recipes on the site. But this one is definitely my favorite =)

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