Green Tea shortbread (Christmas Tree Cookies!)

It’s a countdown to Christmas! I’m always excited when Christmas is just around the corner… when I was young, it was always the anticipation on Christmas eve, waiting for midnight to tear the colourful wrappers of presents under the Christmas tree. Or the house visits and delicious food, and the glee of getting more presents. Now it’s much more about the gatherings and all the baking, and being able to share that!

It’s this time where all the beautiful Christmas baking recipes and ideas are popping up in the food blogsphere that makes me want to make everything! Sadly I only can pick a few to make for friends and family. So in these few weeks, I’m going to share some of my favourite Christmas cookie recipes and ideas. (Yes in the midst of all my gingerbread men making heehee).

Do you love green tea? Then this lovely shortbread recipe might be for you! Since it’s Christmas, why not make them into Christmas Tree cookies? :) This popular recipe comes from Lovescool, a blog by Kelli and Andrew whom I’ve followed years ago… sharing their love of baking (and desserts) and following their dreams and journey through from the start of Amai bakery till its bittersweet closure. When the couple finally got married and decided to close Amai, they shared with the world this wonderful wonderful recipe…

The original recipe has granulated sugar sprinkled as a finish. You can choose to do that. Or… if you just want simple shortbread cookies, you can roll it into logs, freeze, roll the log in sugar, slice and bake. The below batch has been sprinkled with icing sugar, upon request from a friend, who wanted some snow! They’re pretty either way ;)

Green Tea shortbread
(Recipe from Lovescool) 
Makes about 25 2 inch cookies

Green Tea Christmas Tree shortbread

Ingredients
3/4 cup (2.25 oz) Confectioners sugar
5 oz Unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 3/4 cup (8.5 oz) All-purpose flour
3 Large egg yolks
1.5 TBS Matcha (powdered green tea)
1 cup Granulated sugar (for coating)

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

2. Whisk the confectioner’s sugar and green tea together in a bowl.

3. Add the butter and green tea/sugar mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix until smooth and light in color.

4. Add the flour and mix until well combined.

5. Add the egg yolks and mix just until the eggs are fully incorporated and a mass forms.

6. Form the dough into a disk and chill in the refrigerator until firm (about 30 minutes).

7. Roll the dough out to ½” thickness

8. Cut the dough with the cookie cutter of your choice!

9. Toss each cut cookie in a bowl of granulated sugar to coat.

10. Place the sugar-coated cookie on a parchment lined pan. Bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes, or until slightly golden around the edges.

…20 days more to Christmas!

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