Matcha Cookies (theme post)

Posted on 01/28/2008 by quirkee

This was my first time using matcha (powdered green tea) as an ingredient. I spent half a day out and about just looking for matcha to buy, the elusive thing! I had to improvise on the recipe, seeing as I had no cookie cutters and no rolling pin, so I grabbed the roundest glass I had and used that to roll and cut out the cookies. Hence the uneven-ness of some.

The recipe is taken from

Green Tea Sweets

3/4 cup (2.25 oz) Confectioners sugar
5 oz Unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 3/4 cup (8.5 oz) All-purpose flour
3 Large egg yolks
1.5 TBS Matcha (powdered green tea)
1 cup Granulated sugar (for coating)

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Whisk the confectioner’s sugar and green tea together in a bowl.
  • Add the butter and green tea/sugar mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix until smooth and light in color.
  • Add the flour and mix until well combined.
  • Add the egg yolks and mix just until the eggs are fully incorporated and a mass forms.
  • Form the dough into a disk and chill in the refrigerator until firm (about 30 minutes).
  • Roll the dough out to ½” thickness.
  • Cut the dough with a leaf cookie cutter.
  • Toss each cut cookie in a bowl of granulated sugar to coat.
  • Place the sugar-coated cookie on a parchment lined pan. Bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes, or until slightly golden around the edges.
The kitchen smelled absolutely divine after I took them out of the oven. The sweet earthiness of the matcha might be an acquired taste, though, but I loved them (and so did my boyfriend, whom I made these for).

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inclinedplane 28th-Jan-2008 10:55 am (UTC)
The cookies look amazing! I never actually use a cookie cutter for my cookies, I just sort of roll them into a ball and flatten them a bit, they don't turn out nearly as neat as yours!
quirkee 28th-Jan-2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I didn't want the recipient to think I was too cheap for cookie cutters, so I wanted to make them as uniform as possible. :P
despedida 28th-Jan-2008 11:11 am (UTC)
those look beautiful! wow
quirkee 28th-Jan-2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)
moonlitrhapsody 28th-Jan-2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
Oooo lovely photos. That's a gorgeous shade of green. :)
I thought that first photo was guacamole at first. Heh.
quirkee 28th-Jan-2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I...have never had guacamole. Something with avocado in it, right? :P
amadahh 28th-Jan-2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
Is it sweet? or does it really taste like green tea?
It looks really yummy though (:
quirkee 28th-Jan-2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
It's quite sweet, but it does have the nutty taste of green tea to it. :) You can always add more or less sugar to taste, I think, as long as you don't vary it widely.
prissydikkins 28th-Jan-2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
i just bought matcha pwder! and i've seen this recipe before, will be using!
quirkee 28th-Jan-2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Awesome, you should post about it :D
_fillthiscanvas 28th-Jan-2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
oooooooo bake me some!
quirkee 28th-Jan-2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Come to Hong Kong and experience my lack of cookie cutters in all its glory :D
paperthinwalls 28th-Jan-2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
where did you have to go to find matcha powder? would a large chain grocery store carry it, or did you go to an asian specialty store?

i am dying to make these now! :)
prescilla_bean 28th-Jan-2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
i found mine in an asian specialty store. they sell it on as well but it may be expensive.
prescilla_bean 28th-Jan-2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
LOVE! I bought some matcha powder a while back meaning to make ice cream with it, but maybe i'll make these cookies instead. ^_^
quirkee 28th-Jan-2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
Ooh, green tea ice cream is fantastic. How much matcha powder did you buy? I bought a little tin can (like the ones you get for canned sardines) and there's still a lot left, so you can probably make both!
contrary_lady 28th-Jan-2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
Those cookies look great! Excellent use of a glass, dear. :)
quirkee 28th-Jan-2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I got the idea from a food blog and thought it was ingenious.
twinflowers 29th-Jan-2008 12:21 am (UTC)
oh god i will definitely make these soon

thanks for the recipe! :)
quirkee 29th-Jan-2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
contradictoire 29th-Jan-2008 01:59 am (UTC)
they look absolutely delicious. i am so saving the recipe :)
thank you.
quirkee 29th-Jan-2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks! They definitely were. :)
bentoneko 29th-Jan-2008 03:57 am (UTC)
Haha! Yours look a lot better than the ones I made for Christmas. Love the pictures ^^
quirkee 29th-Jan-2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
Aw, they taste so good no one would care how they looked anyway!
elisaisdead 29th-Jan-2008 05:55 am (UTC)
Those look AMAZING!
quirkee 29th-Jan-2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks :3
beanie_nup 29th-Jan-2008 08:07 am (UTC)
I've always wanted to make this! D= Now I have to after seeing your pictures!
quirkee 29th-Jan-2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
It's so much fun influencing people. Thanks! :D
proreality 30th-Jan-2008 12:27 am (UTC)
these sound amazing.
i think i'm gonna try making 'em soon.
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