Matcha Green Tea Shortbread cookies

Continuing my matcha baking adventures, I decided to try a matcha shortbread cookie recipe this weekend.  I got the recipe from milk and honey cafe.  The cookies came out delicious, but the dough was a bit hard to work with.  I originally wanted to cut out pretty shapes, but my dough mixture kept crumbling, so I ended up just cutting the dough.

I think I'll play around with this recipe or try another recipe next time, in hopes of getting an easier dough to work with.


3/4 cup (2.25 oz) Confectioners sugar
5 oz unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 3/4 cup (8.5 oz) all-purpose flour
3 large egg yolks
1 1/2 tbsp Matcha green tea powder
1 cup Granulated sugar (for coating)

1. Whisk the confectioner’s sugar and green tea together in a bowl.
Add the butter and green tea/sugar mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer
fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix until smooth and light in color.
Add the flour and mix until well combined. Add the egg yolks and mix
just until the eggs are fully incorporated and a mass forms.
3. Form the dough into a disk and chill in the refrigerator until firm (about 30 minutes).
4. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
Roll the dough out to ½” thickness. Cut the dough with a cookie cutter.
Toss each cut cookie in a bowl of granulated sugar to coat.
6. Place the sugar-coated cookie on a parchment lined pan. (I used my new silpat instead of parchment paper) Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until slightly golden around the edges.

The cookies came out a beautiful shade of green.  Like I mentioned above, the dough mixture was very crumbly.  It was hard to force it together, and even after refrigeration, it didn't help much.  I was able to cut the dough, but when I rolled it in sugar, a lot of the cookies fell apart, so I had to keep reshaping the dough.

I did get to finally try out my silpat though which was exciting.  I heard about this wonderful invention from other sites and decided to get one. It worked  great on my first try! No more greasing cookie pans.  The cookies came off very easily!
I purchased my silpat mat here

5 comments on “Matcha Green Tea Shortbread cookies”

  1. Hi,
    I made the same cookies following the same recipe a while back, and I agree with you, the dough was tough to work with. Did you get air pockets in the cookies?

  2. Matcha cupcakes and bundt cakes… and now matcha shortbread. You’re a matcha recipe expert! Those look delicious!

  3. Hi helen- no air pockets for me, just very crumbly dough. I’m going to look into tweaking the recipe or using another one.

  4. I wouldn’t say expert, but I am getting the hang of using matcha and how much needs to be used to keep the beautiful green color and the flavor. I’ve come up with a few recipes on my own that I hope to test out soon.

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