Green Tea Shortbread Cookies

These cookies are kind of experimental. I was originally going to make rosemary shortbread cookies, but being too lazy to go to the supermarket to buy rosemary, I decided on a whim to make them green-tea flavored instead since I had all the ingredients on hand. Having never made shortbread before, I'm not exactly sure what constitutes a good shortbread, but these were decent enough. Soft, not too crumbly with a delicate hint of sweetness. Just as a warning, don't eat too many of these before going to bed....or you won't be able to sleep.

Read on for the recipe...

Green Tea Shortbread Cookies
adapted from clockworklemon
makes 15 cookies
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup softened room temp butter
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar (packed)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp matcha powder 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Preheat oven to 350 F. 
  • Cream the butter and icing sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer.
  • Add the flour, salt, matcha powder and vanilla extract.
  • Use your hands to incorporate all the ingredients together, but you don't want to knead it too much or you will get a very dense cookie. 
  • Put the dough into a ziploc bag and use a rolling pin to flatten it out. This will make it easier to shape the cookies later.

  • Put the dough in the freezer for 15 minutes to firm it up and make it easier to cut.
  • Remove the dough from the freezer bag and slice the cookies.
  • Place them on a baking tray with parchment paper. It's okay to put them close together since the cookies won't spread.
  • optional: Sprinkle the cookies with chocolate powder or raw sugar or some more matcha powder for presentation.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.


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