A display of a can of matcha powder and in front matcha powder is scattered on a wood surface with a measuring spoon and a matcha whisk.

Recipe of the Month - Matcha Tea Leaves

Michele Lillie

These delicate cookies are as pretty as they are delicious. The green color comes from the addition of matcha tea and the leaf shape mimics the shape of a tea leaf. 


They will make a wonderful addition to your cookie platter, especially when served with a cup of matcha or any green tea.

Plate of green tea-leaf shaped cookies with a black cast iron tea pot behind them.


  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier liqueur
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt


Step 1

With an electric mixer in a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter until smooth. Blend in Grand Marnier. Add flour, matcha, five-spice powder and salt. Mix until dough just pulls together.

Step 2

Flatten dough into a disk and place between two sheets of parchment paper. Roll to 1/8-inch thickness. Chill for at least 20 minutes or until it is firm enough to lift without stretching.

Step 3

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 300°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 4

Remove dough from refrigerator. Using a sharp paring knife, cut into leaf shapes roughly 2 inches long and 1 inch wide or use a leaf-shaped cookie cutter.

Step 5

Transfer the leaves to the prepared pan with about ½ inch between them. Very lightly score a center vein into the leaf. Work quickly so the dough does not get too soft. If it does, refrigerate for a few minutes.

Step 6

Bake until cookies look dry and are firm to the touch, about 15 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week or freeze.

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