In the kitchen…

Green Tea Powder (matcha) is IMPOSSIBLE to find. After visiting every “crunchy” store south of Hartford, I caved in and bought a powdered green tea mix made by Lipton (which turned out to be crystallized tea that smells like mint). As I was pulling out of the Shaws parking lot I noticed a Starbucks and remembered the green tea latte, which, is made with matcha. I went up to the counter and basically asked if I could just purchase a few tablespoons of the green tea powder. Of course, he said no. Then, I asked if I could order a grande latte with green tea powder on the side. After rolling his eyes and letting out a groan, he yelled out my order and rang me out. I drove home sipping on my steamed milk feeling very content that I was finally able to make Green Tea Shortbread Cookies from Smitten Kitchen.

I think the best part about making these cookies is the color of the dough. It reminds me of play-dough. Deb over at Smitten Kitchen used these leaf shaped cookie cutters which, are perfect for this color green. I, however, only had these on hand:

As much as I was hoping to be able to make some “I’m Crafty” cookies, I wasn’t able to fit all of the letters. The barista at Starbucks only gave me 1 tablespoon of matcha so I had to third the recipe. I ended up using a glass as a cookie cutter.

Not as fun as ABCs but trust me, they’re still good. The cookies lost a lot of the green color after baking but according to the recipe, the darker the edges the more intense the flavor. I might have to test that with my next batch.

I wasn’t sure whether or not I wanted to add the white chocolate ganache filling because the cookies are delicious as is but since I believe in indulgence, I went ahead and whipped up some ganache. Honestly, I wasn’t too crazy about it on its own but the ganache made the cookies a million times better.

In conclusion, great cookie recipe. I’m already placing bids on Ebay for some more matcha.



  1. That’s so strange. I’m not sure why that happened but thanks for the suggestions! I’m going to check out those online stores. I think it’ll be good to have the green tea powder around for other various recipes…green tea cake, maybe?

  2. Matcha, the really good kind from Japan, is available from Muzi tea ( and from The tea source for these businesses are plantations in Nishio, Japan, and both provide an excellent on-line ordering service. Enjoy!

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