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A Matcha Christmas Carol: Matcha Cookie Trees

Matcha Cookie Trees: Making our Matcha Cookie Trees couldn't be easier- just stack star-shaped cookies! You can even use these sweet treats to decorate your real tree!

[Amount varies based on cutter sizes]

[Ingredients]


Aiya Cooking Grade Matcha....... 1 tbsp 

Flour (Cake or All Purpose)........... 2 cups

Baking Powder................................. 1 tsp

Unsalted Butter.............................. 4 1/2 tbsp

Sugar................................................. 2/3 cup

Egg..................................................... 1 egg

Vanilla Extract................................... a dash

Powdered Sugar..............................  1/4 cup

Egg Whites........................................ 2 tsp

Decorations (any you prefer).......... as needed

 


[Directions]

  1. Sift the matcha, flour, and baking powder together in a bowl.
  2. Place the butter in a bowl and allow it to come to room temperature.  Once soft, mix it until it is smooth.  Add the sugar in parts (1/3 to 1/2 at a time) until it is fully mixed into the butter and the entire mixture is white and smooth.
  3. Beat the egg and mix into the butter/sugar little by little along with the vanilla extract.  Once they are both incorporated, fold the sifted ingredients into it in parts (1/3 to 1/2 at a time).  When fully mixed in, wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Pre-heat your oven to 360F.  Lightly flour a working surface and roll out the dough until it is about 1/10" thick.  Using small, medium, and large star-shaped cookie cutters, cut stars out of the dough.  Place the cut out shapes on a cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes.  Allow to cool.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix the powdered sugar and egg whites to make a simple icing.
  6. Stack the different size star cookies on top of each other, using the icing as a glue to hold them together.  
  7. Decorate with any decorations you like.
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