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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Matcha (Green Tea) Shortbread Cookies


Quick little recipe for you on this glorious Tuesday!  (I say glorious because we are just a few days away from Spring break).  My dad bought me a big bag of high quality Japanese matcha quite a while ago.  I had big plans for this green tea powder - big plans!  But they always seemed to get pushed to the side.  Finally this past weekend I got around to making a simply little shortbread cookie out of it. 

It was a cinch to put together - really!  Very quick.  And the end result was pretty tasty.  Not too green tea-ish according to Daniel and me, it is quite subtle.  But it is still a nice flavor, and perhaps it is a good thing that it is not overpowering.  These are going to one more green tea loving person for sampling, so I will update after I get their reviews.  


Matcha (Green Tea) Shortbread Cookies (makes about 2 dozen small cookies)

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Matcha (Japanese green-tea powder)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • turbinado sugar or granulated sugar (for sprinkling) 


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, matcha, and salt. Set aside.
  • With an electric mixer, beat butter on medium speed.  Add sugar & beat until very light and fluffy.
  • Add flour mixture and mix until just incorporated.
  • Place chilled dough between two pieces of parchment.  Using a rolling pin, roll out dough to about 1/4 in. thick.  Place dough in refrigerator until firm (~30min).  
  • Preheat to 325.  Remove chilled dough from fridge and place on a cookie sheet. Peel back top layer of parchment.  Using a cookie cutter, cut out shapes from the dough.  
  • Bake until cookies are just starting to get a golden brown color around the edges.  Cool on wire rack. 

*Plus, now we've got these cute little printable recipe cards!  I'll be putting these in with my posts regularly.  Click the image below for the full size image, and you can download it and size it to whatever you'd like.  Dimensions are scalable to 4 x 6 so you can print it, and plop it right in your recipe card box. :) Enjoy!



Sierra said...

These look so delicious!

Also, I just fell in love with this little map plate - where did you find it??

Stephanie said...

Thanks! I actually found it for 35 cents at Good Will! I thought it was just too cute and couldn't help myself.

Anonymous said...

These look beautiful. I've tried making matcha shortbread cookies before and it ended up a bit too strong and dry. I'll try this recipe out!

Pauline said...

Ooo looks good. Love the green of matcha. Where do you buy match green tea powder? I can't find it in my grocery stores, even 99 Ranch

Stephanie said...

I got mine online at a while back. I couldn't find it in any of my local stores either!


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