Green Tea Matcha Christmas Tree Cookies

  • Serves

    makes about 3 dozen 3 1/4" trees


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."


  • 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


Step 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.

Step 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.

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