Matcha Biscuits Christmas Tree
A great recipe to make with children over the holidays. Simple, colourful and not a single artificial colour in sight.
- 100g butter
- 100g sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 plain flour
- 1 tbsp Culinary grade matcha
- 1 pinch of salt
- 120g icing sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp water
- Whisk butter at room temperature and sugar in bowl until you get a white creamy texture, then add the egg and whisk again.
- Mix the matcha and flour together and add them to the butter and sugar mixture. Knead very lightly into an even dough. Shape into a thick square, wrap in cling film and chill for at least 1 hour.
- Dust the worktop with a little flour and roll out the dough to 0.5cm thickness. You’ll need five different sized star shaped cookie cutters. Cut out 3 star biscuits in every size.
Place them on a lined baking tray.
- Cook the biscuits in a preheated oven to 170˚C.
Cooking time for large biscuits will be about 8 minutes, medium biscuits about 6 minutes, smaller biscuits about 4 minutes. Adjust timing according to your oven, do not overcook as the edges will turn golden, you want to keep a vibrant green colour.
- Leave biscuits to cool down and prepare the icing by mixing together the icing sugar, the vanilla and water.
- Once the biscuits have cooled down, start to build your tree.
Start with a larger star at the base spread a little royal icing in the middle to hold another star, then add another star going from the largest to the smallest.
Continue building your tree until the desired height. The 2 smallest stars should be stuck together with royal icing and placed vertically at the top of your tree, they will represent the star ornament.
- Leave to set for 30 minutes. You can leave it plain or decorate with more icing and pearl sugar.
If you are covering the tree with icing sugar you can reduce the sugar content in biscuits to 70g. You can find very easily on internet sets of star cookie cutters.