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Green Tea Shortbread Leaves


Chinese green tea, which is sold as a powder, gives buttery shortbread a mild, somewhat exotic flavor, as well as a delicate tint. If using Japanese green tea, grind it first in a spice grinder.

  • Yield: Makes 3 dozen


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese green-tea powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, or granulated sugar


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Cut chilled dough with 2-inch leaf 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.

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  • Liz Tsuji
    15 MAR, 2013
    The green tea you want to use is Japanese matcha powder (also used in tea ceremony) available at a Japanese (some Asian) grocery store. I'd add a little more powder as another reviewer did because the flavor is delicate.
  • anlucacel
    16 DEC, 2011
    *Read my below comment first* - I only baked these 10min and smoke came from my oven! They ended up being good but I would watch them VERY carefully. Let them cool a little before removing them from the sheet and lift the parchment paper off of the cookie sheet (to unstick it) before scooping off the cookies. Then rack cool them for about 20 min. ***I FOUND IT MUCH EASIER TO ROLL THE DOUGH, CUT OUT MY SHAPES, AND THEN REFRIGERATE THE SHEETS WITH THE SHAPES ON THEM! Unstick them before baking!
  • anlucacel
    16 DEC, 2011
    Just made these for a christmas cookie exchange and they turned out so yummy! I doubled this recipe and then used an extra tablespoon of the match green tea b/c I love green tea and they came out a nice deep green! Made little christmas trees instead of leaves and then dipped the edges in white chocolate (for snow). A word of advice...make sure to cut the cookie pretty thick. My thinner cookies immediately fell apart (and they weren't too thin to begin with). ...continued on next thread
  • Principessa811
    17 JAN, 2011
    I just made these delectable cookies. They are so easy to make and turned out beautifully. I used cookie cutters to cut them into different shapes and they were light, flaky, buttery with just the right amount of green tea flavor. Great for tea parties!
  • Jalila08
    21 DEC, 2010
    @Anezh (or whoever else has this question): Absolutely do not skip the chilling! You also have to make sure that the dough doesn't get too cold, because it will shatter. But if you do not chill at all, it will be nearly impossible to roll out. Finicky dough, but well worth the effort.
  • Shimmer
    18 JUL, 2010
    A great place to buy leaf-shaped cookie cutter is a website called Fancy Flours. They have about any cookie cutter shape ever made. To buy macha, we go to a local Japanese grocery story, not generic Asian. They always have it in stock.
  • Anezh
    15 JUL, 2010
    Is it okay if I don't chill it? My fridge is broken right now.
  • TheDailyCookie
    14 JUL, 2010
    @ijustlovemyapron, where does one buy matcha green tea powder? I haven't noticed it in the grocery store. Would it be with the tea, in the baking section, or health food or specialty store...? Thanks.
  • MS112590167
    2 MAR, 2010
    Where do I buy the leaf shapes? Cannot find on MS site! thnx Toni-Maree
  • cuznvin
    3 JAN, 2010
    Vegetarians dont always eat butter!