POPSUGAR Celebrity

Aug 22 2012 - 2:45pm

Matcha Almond Shortbread

Matcha Shortbread Recipe


  1. 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  2. 6 tablespoons (1-1/2 ounces) powdered sugar, sifted
  3. 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  4. 3/4 cup (3-3/4 ounces) all purpose flour
  5. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  6. 6 tablespoons (1-3/4 ounces) almond meal
  7. 2 teaspoons matcha tea
  8. 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and powdered sugar, until lightened in color, and fluffy. Add the egg yolk, and mix until no streaks of egg remain.
  2. Sift together the flour, salt, almond meal, and matcha into a medium mixing bowl, breaking up any clumps by pressing through the sieve if necessary.
  3. Add the flour mixture to the mixer bowl, in one addition, and mix until it sticks to itself, and forms a cohesive ball.
  4. Dump the dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap, and form into a log with a roughly 2-inch diameter. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap, and freeze for 40 minutes, or until firm.
  5. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Unwrap the cookie dough log, and roll it in the turbinado sugar, pressing down to ensure that the sugar sticks to the surface.
  7. Using a very sharp knife, cut into 1/4-inch slices, and arrange on the prepped baking sheet (you may need two, or to do it in two batches).
  8. Bake the cookies for about 9 minutes, or until the bottoms have begun to brown. Move the cookies to a cooling rack, and enjoy!

Makes about 20 cookies.


  • While any high-quality matcha will work in this recipe, we're partial to U-Matcha [3].
  • Almond meal can be found at Trader Joe's or specialty supermarkets. Alternatively, make your own [4] from whole almonds.

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