Matcha Christmas Tree Shortbread Cookies

avatarFelicia Lim

Matcha Christmas trees and coconut buttercream frosting are the perfect match for this buttery cookie.

This easy homemade cookie is perfect for the holidays and easy to whip up. For the frosting, we used coconut buttercream “snow” and pomegranate seed “ornaments” for the toppings. You can easily make your own buttercream frosting at home or find a Paleo brand at your local health food store. Also, feel free to experiment with different toppings like cacao nibs or sliced almonds. For the cookie base, matcha mixes with coconut flour and ghee to create that signature shortbread texture.

To get started, whisk the coconut flour, baking powder, salt, and matcha powder together in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the ghee, honey, egg, and vanilla extract until it becomes creamy and liquefied. Sift the flour mixture into the bowl with the wet ingredients and mix well to combine. This should create a wet dough that will serve as the cookie base.

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Next, let the dough sit for five minutes so that the coconut flour can absorb the moisture. Add in the tapioca starch and mix until you get a smooth and pliable dough. Tip: Since the dough will be quite sticky, it’s best to dust your hands with extra tapioca starch for kneading. If necessary, add one additional tablespoon of tapioca starch and continue kneading to reach the desired consistency (the dough should no longer stick to your hands).

Then, let the dough chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, covered. Roll the dough between two pieces of dusted parchment paper, so that it is ½-inch thick. Use a Christmas tree cookie cutter (dusted with tapioca) to cut out 12 cookies. Place onto a prepared baking sheet and set them in a single layer, leaving at least two inches of space between each cookie.

When ready, bake the cookies for at least eight minutes at 300°F. Once the cookies are fully baked, allow them to cool completely on a baking rack. Make sure they are fully cooled before spreading the buttercream frosting on each tree. Top the frosting with pomegranate seeds, then serve and enjoy!

Felicia Lim


Total time:1 hr
18 mins

Inactive Time:30 mins 30 minutes

Cook Time:8 mins 8 minutes

Prep Time: 40 mins 40 minutes

Matcha Christmas Tree Shortbread Cookies

Recipe by:author Felicia Lim

Brighten up your holiday dessert table with these unbelievably cute Christmas tree cookies.



Looking for Paleo ingredients? Here are a few we’d recommend:
Coconut flour (Nutiva)
Baking powder (Hain)
Matcha green tea powder (Matcha Tea)
Ghee (Pure Indian Foods)
Raw honey (Bee Farms)
Vanilla extract (Frontier)


(You’ll Also Love: Matcha Brownies with Green Tea Frosting)

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