Matcha Shortbread Cookies and Holiday Cookie Round-Up

photo of a plate of christmas-tree shaped Matcha Shortbread Cookies
This last week I’ve been baking cookies like crazy. I’ve forgotten how exhausting and tiring it is to massively bake so many at once. Usually, cookies are pretty easy and quick. But the holiday ones I make always seem to take a lot more time as a result of all the decorating and shapes I have to cut out.

I was planning on sharing some of my favorite holiday cookie recipes over the years earlier this month but I never did get around to it. For those still looking for last minute inspiration, I’m sharing them in this post.
photo of matcha shortbread cookies on a baking rack
I love making these matcha shortbread trees every year. But it is annoying cutting out so many trees and them decorating them. They taste great though. Buttery, not too sweet. And they keep well so they can be baked ahead of time. One thing I learned this time around is that the Maeda-en culinary quality* packaged in a silver canister definitely does not have the same vibrant green as the gold canister* high quality drinking tea. My first batch was so light and I was dissatisfied with the green so I made them again.
overhead photo of a plate of cookies
The recipe for these are at the end of this post.

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Matcha Shortbread Trees

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 47 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

I love making these matcha shortbread trees for the holidays because they're buttery and not too sweet. Also, they keep well so they can be baked ahead of time.

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, beat butter, matcha powder and sugar until light and fluffy. Whisk flour and salt together in a separate small bowl. 

  2. Add about half of the flour mixture to the matcha mixture and mix on low speed. Gradually add the remaining flour, mixing until just 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.
  3. Roll out dough to 1/2-inch thickness between two pieces of parchment paper. Peel off top parchment paper.

  4. 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. Decorate with sprinkles

  5. Preheat oven to 325°F. Bake for about 15-17 minutes or until the cookies are dry and firm to the touch and the edges are just starting to turn brown.

Notes:

  • I recommend using the gold canister Maeda-En green tea powder* because the cookies will have a deeper green color.
  • Recipe slightly adapted from DeDe Wilson’s recipe found on Project Foodie
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10 comments on “Matcha Shortbread Cookies and Holiday Cookie Round-Up”

  1. These look so cute! I always keep matcha powder at home so I will have to try this recipe!

  2. Hello Kirbie!
    Thank you for posting this recipe.
    I was wondering if you used salted or unsalted butter.

    Also, how strong is the green tea flavor for this recipe? I’m making these cookies for my mother who happens to be Japanese and she’s craving cookies with strong matcha flavor!

    Thanks again!

    • I used unsalted butter. The green tea flavor is very strong. Though, it will also depend on the green tea powder you use. The higher quality ones have much strong flavor. I like the gourmet Maeda-En powder and used them for these.

  3. Hi there! these cookies look really cute. I was wondering if you would need to freeze the dough before rolling it out ? and how many cookies would this make? Thank you!! 🙂

    • No, you just need to make sure you roll the dough between two pieces of parchment paper like the recipe instructs, otherwise it will stick to the rolling pin

  4. How many cookies does one batch make? 

    • that will really depend on how big you cut the cookies. But the recipe does make quite a few, about two dozen or more small/medium cookies.

  5. How many days before serving can I make these? And… store in fridge or in closed tin on counter? 

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