Matcha (Green Tea) Shortbread Cookies

Recipe by Akikobay
READY IN: 1hr 3mins


  • 2
    cups bleached all purpose flour
  • 1 -2
    tablespoon green tea powder (matcha -- See Note 1)
  • 12
    teaspoon salt
  • 1
    cup butter (unsalted at room temperature -- See Note 2)
  • 12
    cup powdered sugar (more if your tea is very intense)


  • Sift the flour, powdered tea and salt into a bowl.
  • In a mixer bowl, beat butter and powdered sugar until fluffy.
  • Add flour mixture to mixer bowl and mix slowly until dough just comes together.
  • Pull dough together carefully in a log, approximately 2 inches in diameter.
  • Wrap dough log and place in freezer for 30 minutes or until dough has firmed to the touch.
  • Slice dough into 1/4 inch rounds and place on a parchment or Silpat lined cookie sheet, approximately 1 inch apart.
  • Bake in a preheated 325 degree F oven for 16 to 18 minutes (or until the cookies are just starting to turn golden around the edges), turning the pan halfway through the baking time.
  • Remove cookies immediately from the cookie sheet and cool on a wire rack.
  • Store in an airtight container or wrap well and freeze.
  • The well-chilled cookie dough can also be rolled out and cut into desired shapes before baking.
  • NOTE 1-- powdered green tea is not merely green tea that has been pulverized in a food processor or food mill, it's a special kind of tea that has been prepared to dissolve nicely.
  • NOTE 2-- don't use the microwave to soften the butter, room temperature butter is the correct consistency for this recipe.