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Green Tea Shortbread Cookies

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Servings 24 cookies


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp ground green tea leaves
  • 1/2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 1-1/2 cup flour
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • In a bowl, beat together butter, sugar, tea leaves and zest until light; stir in flour, cornstarch and salt. Knead to make a smooth dough.
  • Between sheets of wax paper, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Using a 2 to 3-inch leaf cookie cutter, cut out shapes, re-rolling scraps. Place on parchment lined baking sheets. Drag knife down the center to create vein. Chill until firm, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake in preheat 325ºF oven until firm and golden, about 16 minutes. Cool on pans for 5 minutes, transfer to cooling racks and let cool completely.