Matcha Shortbread Trees With Sprinkles Matcha Shortbread Trees With Sprinkles

Photography: Ronald Tsang | Food styling: Claire Stubbs, Donna Borooah & Tanya Osmond | Prop styling: Renée Drexler | Sprinkles: Sweetapolita

These brilliant green shortbread cookie trees are just what Santa ordered this holiday season. 

  • Prep time 40 minutes
  • Total time 1 hour & 45 minutes
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine




Preheat oven to 300°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In bowl, using hand mixer on low speed, beat together butter, icing sugar, matcha powder, vanilla and salt just until combined. Increase speed to medium; beat mixture, scraping down side and bottom of bowl occasionally, until light and fluffy, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in flour just until combined. Divide dough in half; shape into discs. Wrap each in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 30 minutes. 

On lightly floured surface, gently knead 1 disc to soften dough. Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness. Using 3 1/4-inch tree-shaped cookie cutter, cut out shapes, rerolling and cutting scraps as necessary. Arrange, 1 inch apart, on prepared pan.

Bake until edges are light golden, 16 to 18 minutes. Let cool on pan on rack for 5 minutes; transfer directly to rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough. (Make-ahead: Freeze in airtight container for up to 1 month.)

Glaze: In small bowl, stir icing sugar with milk until combined. Brush over cooled cookies; garnish with sprinkles.

Test Kitchen Tip: Matcha is powdered green tea that has been specially grown and processed. It's packed with antioxidants and its brilliant green colour makes a beautiful (and natural) dye for baked goods. 

Makes about 30 cookies.

Nutritional facts PER COOKIE: about

  • Fibre 0 g
  • Sodium 18 mg
  • Sugars 5 g
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 92
  • Total fat 5 g
  • Potassium 18 mg
  • Cholesterol 14 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total carbohydrate 10 g


  • Iron 3
  • Folate 6
  • Vitamin A 4
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Matcha Shortbread Trees With Sprinkles