Gluten Free Matcha Christmas Shortbread

This post is sponsored by Numi Tea. I love Numi so much that we have an ongoing partnership- you'll see a clever tea-related post here on Life+Style+Justice each month! Hope you enjoy this fun recipe! 

In yesterday's post, I talked a bit about creating new recipes for Holiday goodies that use ethically sourced ingredients rather than ones with questionable ethics. I like to take that idea one step further by also removing super unhealthy or artificial ingredients whenever I can, as well. If your childhood was anything like mine, I'm sure you grew up consuming a LOT of food coloring and dyes around the holiday season (who remembers those bright-green cornflake wreaths?). Festive colors are fun, but artificial food coloring isn't the easiest thing for our bodies to process. Thankfully, nature has provided us with all the vibrant color we could ever need in the form of plants and herbs.  

This year's best holiday baking experiment has been the vivid green Christmas tree cookie stacks that I whipped up using responsibly sourced matcha tea powder from Numi Organic Tea. 

I modified this simple almond flour shortbread recipe to keep the cookies gluten-free. 

You'll need:
2 cups almond flour
6 tablespoons softened butter (or vegan shortening)
6 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons Numi Tea Matcha Powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

To make about 5 cookie "tree" stacks (depending on the exact size of your cookie cutters). 

Mix all ingredients together (I did this by hand, but you can use a mixer- just be sure to not over-mix!). Roll out dough between two pieces of parchment paper and chill in the refrigerator for several hours. 

Use star-shaped cookie cutters in several different sizes to cut out your dough. I used 4 large stars, 4 medium stars, and 4 small stars for each "tree". 

Bake at 350 degrees for 4-6 minutes (check after 4- almond flour cooks quickly and can burn within a few seconds, especially if you have an old oven like mine that runs a little hot). 

Allow shapes to cool. Stack on a plate and dust with powdered sugar!