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.