Shortbread Cookies with Matcha Green Tea

These Matcha Shortbread cookies are not only super tasty but they also contain several ingredients with proven benefits for your overall health, skin and nails. A cookie that’s tasty AND healthy?! Bring it on!

– 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature – ¼ cup granulated sugar – ¼ cup powdered sugar – ¼ tsp kosher salt – 1 cup all-purpose flour – 1 cup cake flour – 1 ½ tbsp matcha green tea powder – 6 oz dark chocolate chopped coarsely – ½ tbsp coconut oil solid, room temperature

Matcha is a type of green tea that originates from Japan. 20 days before harvest, the matcha leaves are shaded from direct sunlight which increases their chlorophyll levels, giving matcha that bright green color. The leaves are handpicked, laid out to dry, de-stemmed and de-veined, then ground into fine powder.

What's The Big Deal About Matcha?

Good quality ceremonial matcha isn't cheap. Culinary grade matcha tea powder is typically cheaper. Go for this variety to use in your baking and/or cooking and saving the really good stuff for drinking!

Tea vs Baking  Quality Matcha

I wanted to incorporate as many ingredients with health and beauty benefits as I could. Enter matcha, dark chocolate and coconut oil!

This dough will seem dry and crumbly.  Lay down a piece of parchment paper, dump the dough out onto it and press the dough together into one big clump as best you can. Lay another piece of parchment over top and roll the dough out into an even layer.

I recommend rolling the dough out this way before chilling. Place the dough that's sandwiched between two pieces of parchment paper on a cookie sheet and pop it in the fridge to chill.

These matcha shortbread cookies are delicate out of the oven.  If your cookies still seem too delicate to dip, try sticking the tines of a fork into the melted chocolate and drizzle it over  the tops. 

Matcha Green Tea Shortbread Cookies