Green Tea Matcha Christmas Tree Cookies

Green Tea Matcha Christmas Tree Cookies
Made from shade-grown tea leaves, matcha has a deep, rich flavor and packs a ton of antioxidants. Use this recipe from Tiny Urban Kitchen blogger Jennifer Che for cute Christmas cookies with a little something extra. Get the recipe for Green Tea Matcha Christmas Tree Cookies »Noah Fecks

This recipe, from Tiny Urban Kitchen blogger Jennifer Che, appeared in our 2012 Cookie Advent Calendar. Jennifer says: "I have a weakness when it comes to anything made with matcha (Japanese green tea powder). Made from shade-grown tea leaves, it has a deep, rich flavor and packs a ton of antioxidants. I love to use the tasty green powder to make cute Christmas tree cookies for the holidays."

Green Tea Matcha Christmas Tree Cookies
This recipe, from [Tiny Urban Kitchen](http://www.tinyurbankitchen.com/) blogger Jennifer Che, appeared in our [2012 Cookie Advent Calendar](http://www.saveur.com/cookie-advent-calendar-2012/). Jennifer says: "I have a weakness when it comes to anything made with matcha (Japanese green tea powder). Made from shade-grown tea leaves, it has a deep, rich flavor and packs a ton of antioxidants. I love to use the tasty green powder to make cute Christmas tree cookies for the holidays."
Yield: makes about 3 dozen 3 1/4" trees

Ingredients

  • 3 ¼ cups flour
  • 2 tbsp. matcha powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 20 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Whisk together flour, matcha powder, baking powder, cocoa, and salt in a bowl; set aside. In another bowl, beat sugar and butter on medium-high speed of a hand mixer until pale and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add milk, vanilla, and egg, and beat until smooth. Add dry ingredients, and mix until just combined. Transfer to a work surface and shape into a disk; wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Heat oven to 375°. Transfer dough to a floured work surface, and using a rolling pin, roll until ¼" thick. Using a 3 ¼"-long Christmas tree cutter, cut out cookies, and place 2" apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake until edges are lightly golden, about 10 minutes.