Green Tea Butter Cookies

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Green Tea Butter Cookies

Author Notes: I'm currently obsessed with matcha (green tea powder), and have been putting it in everything I can. These sophisticated little cookies might be my favorite use yet. They're based on Dorie Greenspan's sables recipe, lightened up with cake flour and just a touch of baking powder. The result is a cookie that's rich and crumbly, yet melt-in-your-mouth tender, with a delicate but pronounced green tea flavor. You can bake them all at once, or refrigerate/freeze the dough for slicing and baking as you want.ieatthepeach


Makes about 3 dozen

  • 2 cups cake flour OR 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour + 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup powdered (confectioners) sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons matcha (green tea powder), sifted
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Coarse sugar for rolling
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour (or flour and cornstarch), baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter, powdered sugar, and matcha until smooth. Add egg yolks and almond extract, and beat again until smooth. Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined–a few streaks of flour are fine. Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until the dough is firm enough to shape.
  3. Turn the chilled dough portions out onto a work surface. One at a time, shape the dough into logs about 1 inch in diameter (I find it easiest to wrap the dough in plastic wrap before shaping). Wrap each log of dough tightly in plastic, transfer to a zip-top bag, and return to the refrigerator. Chill the dough for at least 2 hours and up to 2 days, or freeze for up to 1 month and thaw in the fridge overnight.
  4. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350º F and position the racks to divide the oven in thirds. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Remove the logs of dough from the refrigerator, and roll them in coarse sugar (if desired). Using a sharp knife, slice each log into cookies about 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick. Place the sliced cookies on the baking sheets, leaving at least 1/2 inch space between them. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until they are set but not browned. Remove the cookies from the oven and place the baking sheets on cooling racks. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer them directly to the racks to cool completely.
  6. Leftover cookies will keep at room temperature for 3-5 days, but their color and flavor may change if they’re exposed to light or heat. To minimize this, store baked cookies in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.

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