These little shortbreads are made to look like bookmarks and are well-suited to a book club gathering of kindred spirits.

I’ve found they also make the perfect addition to my morning tea and cozy read. They’re adorned with edible flowers and a lacy ribbon, and the shortbread is soft, delicate, and flavore d with matcha. Literary and delicious!

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup powdered sugar
½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature ¼ cup cold whole milk
1 teaspoon matcha powder
Edible glue
Pressed edible flowers

To your stand-mixer bowl, add the butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Mix on low until evenly incorporated. Turn the mixer off. In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt, and matcha. Turn your mixer on low and add the flour mixture in slowly until it is evenly distributed. Add in the milk and mix until the dough starts to stick together. It should be fully moistened but still slightly crumbly.

Turn the dough out onto a clean counter and use your hands to gently knead. Shape the dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper while the dough chills.

Once chilled, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Dust the top of the disk with flour as well as your rolling pin.

Roll out to approximately ¼ inch thick.

Use a shaped cutter or a sharp knife to make rectangular bookmark-shaped cookies. Mine are about 1 inch by 4 inches, but you can make them any size you prefer. Make sure to use a straw to cut out a hole at the top for your ribbon.

Place each cookie 1 inch apart on the parchment-lined baking sheets.

Place the cookies in the fridge for an additional 10 minutes to chill before baking.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Bake the cookies for 5 to 7 minutes or until they are just set but the edges haven’t begun to darken yet.

Cool the cookies for 10 minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.

Add edible flowers. Edible glue will keep them secured even better than frosting. You can also plan to add ribbon to the top to really drive home the fact that these are bookmark cookies!

Enjoy with a fellow book lover or alone with a warm cup of coffee or tea.


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