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Matcha Green Tea Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Matcha Green Tea Shortbread Cookie Recipe
I’ve got the green tea bug again and after my success with the green tea scones last month I decided to make some green tea shortbread cookies. When I lived in Tokyo, freshly baked green tea cookies were so expensive – up to around £2 per cookie! These cookies that I made are quick and easy to make and the ingredients are fairly inexpensive apart from the matcha powder, depending on the quality of the matcha and where you got it from. But even if you splash out on the most expensive premium matcha powder, you’ll still get your money’s worth compared to buying the cookies!
I used a Japanese cookie cutter (see my WorldOfKawaii Etsy Shop) to cut out the dough into cute flower shapes. You can package the cookies in Japanese cellophane gift bags  and they make a really nice gift! ✿
Matcha Shortbread In Japanese Gift Bag

  • 100g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp matcha powder
  • 145g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 200g plain flour
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • granulated sugar (for coating)


  • Put the icing sugar and matcha powder in a bowl and mix throughly.
  • Add the butter and mix using an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Add the flour and mix until it is well combined.
  • Add the egg yolks and mix until they are fully incorporated and a dough forms.
  • Flatten out the dough until it forms a disc and then leave it in the fridge to chill for around 30 minutes and is not sticky.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C / Gas mark 4.
  • After the dough has chilled and is firm to the touch, roll it out until it is a thickness of around 1cm.
  • Use a cookie cutter to cut out the dough.
  • Put some granulated sugar in a bowl and coat each cookie in the sugar.
  • Lay out the cookies on a sheet of greaseproof paper on a baking tray and bake for around 12-15minutes until they turn slightly brown around the edges.
  • Leave the cookies to cool and then store them in an airtight container.

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