Green Tea Shortbread

I failed dismally when I tried to come up with a clever name for this post. So instead of wasting any more time looking for something that isn’t ever going to appear, I’ll take the straight forward approach. Here’s a recipe I found on Martha Stewart, and have since located similar versions in a web search. I love the flavor of Matcha tea ice cream, so the idea of cookies with a similar flavor really appealed to me. I tried them twice. The dough is a vibrant green color, but it fades somewhat during baking. The first time I baked them enough to colour to slightly bronze, but the second time I shortened the baking time so the cookies just started to colour. Either way they were very tasty. If you like shortbread and you’d like to broaden your baking repertoire, I suggest you give these a try. Enjoy!

Green Tea Shortbread

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons Matcha green-tea powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

Sift flour, tea powder, and salt into a small bowl; set aside. Place butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Cream on medium speed until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add sugar; continue to beat until very light in color and fluffy, about 2 minutes more. Add flour mixture; combine on low, scraping sides of bowl with a spatula if necessary, until flour is just incorporated and dough sticks together when squeezed with fingers.
Place a piece of parchment on a clean surface; dust with flour. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness; chill in refrigerator or freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Cut chilled dough with chosen cutters.
Using a wide spatula, transfer to baking sheets. Chill until firm.
Gather scraps together, re-roll, chill, and cut shapes.
Bake until firm and barely starting to color, 15 to 20 minutes, rotating halfway through. Cool completely on wire rack; store in an airtight container for up to 3 to 4 weeks.cutting out cookies cookies ready to bake cookies in the oven baked cookieslots of cookies

5 thoughts on “Green Tea Shortbread

  1. These were so yummy, Terri! I’m glad you’re posting some of your Christmas recipes.. will you be putting more on your blog? Then I can pin them for next year! xx

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    1. Some are already listed: the gingerbread, mocha cookies, cream wafers and my biscotti. I’ll put a couple more up over the holidays. Need to get back to the kitchen now!

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  2. Terri, I loved green tea ice cream so much, but I am so severely lactose intolerant I can no longer eat it. Thanks for posting this recipe. I’m going to share it with my sister in the hope that The Family Baker, her daughter/my niece , Sweet Pea, will whip up a batch when I visit them for Christmas for a week of pampered freeloading.

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  3. I’d like to try,but the ingredient matcha green tea powder is unknown to me.Is it available in the super market?

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    1. Some large grocery stores might carry it, but you might have better luck at a specialty tea shop. Good luck.

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