Chewy matcha green tea cookies, a buttery shortbread made with 6 ingredients and ready in 30 minutes. A beautiful green cookie, made with green tea powder, delicious alone or filled with white frosting.
These chewy matcha green tea cookies are easy to make with a matcha green tea powder. The addition of matcha powder gives these vegan matcha green tea cookies a lovely green hue, and a subtle dusty flavor. Enjoy them with my ginger tea, or my single serving lemonade.
With a subtle sweet flavor, the shortbread almost takes like sugar cookies. They are easy to make in one bowl and ready in less than half an hour. Since matcha powder is awash in antioxidants, this green tea cookie will make you feel great, much like my chocolate sugar cookies, and my 2 Ingredient sugar cookies and my 4-ingredient homemade milano cookies.
Why You'll Love These
Easy roll and slice cookies. These matcha cookies are easy to make as roll and slice cookie - roll the dough into a cylinder, slice and bake.
Nutrition. The Japanese matcha powder is known for its anti-inflammatory powers and robust antioxidants. Pair that with fat-burning coconut oil, and you have a cookie with some nutrition.
What is Matcha?
Matcha tea has origins from China, dating back to 1100s. It is made from crushing leaves from a plant called Camellia Sinensis. As a powder, matcha is healthier and provides more antioxidants than any other tea, and up to 137 times more than ordinary green tea.
Flour - I used all purpose but any baking flour works.
Coconut oil, melted - A little coconut oil makes these cookies soft. To avoid a coconut flavor, use refined coconut oil.
Cane sugar - Organic cane sugar or granulated sugar works best.
Milk - Use your favorite. I used oat milk.
Matcha Powder - Use ceremonial grade, for best flavor. Culinary grade is cheaper but bitter.
See the recipe card at the bottom for full information on ingredients and quantities.
Steps to Make Matcha Cookies
For more detail, visit the complete recipe at the bottom of this post, but here are general steps.
Step 1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Sit the jar of coconut oil in a pot of just boiled water to melt it.
Step 2. Measure flour carefully, either weigh or fluff the flour in the bag to loosen it and spoon carefully into a measuring cup and level with a knife. Add matcha powder and the sugar, then mix the mixture up with a spoon.
Step 3. Then add milk and melted coconut oil and mix with a hand mixer.
Step 4. Mold the cookie dough into a long roll using your hands. Make it about the size of a paper towel roll, wrap it in plastic wrap or parchment paper, and freeze for 15 minutes. Then slice ½-inch circles of cookie dough.
Step 5. Line cookie circles on a parchment-lined cookie sheet for baking. Bake cookies for 10 minutes.
Step 6. Remove from oven, cool in pan 2 minutes, and on a cooking rack for 10 minutes.
1. Measure your flour carefully. You can weigh but I have had good luck by simply loosening the flour in the bag, then spooning lightly into the measuring cup and leveling off.
2. If you choose to roll the dough into a cylinder, set the dough roll on a double folded kitchen towel to make a cushioned surface so when you cut the circles will stay round.
3. Serve these match green tea cookies as is, or add your favorite white frosting between two of them to create a sandwich cookie.
To make these matcha cookies ahead of time, mix up the dough. Roll and freeze as an uncut roll. Freeze for three months. Before baking, bring dough back to just chilled by allowed the dough to thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
Chill the rolled, uncut dough for 5 days or freeze for three months. To store baked cookies, leave unfrosted in the refrigerate for 5 days. Once frosted, eat right away or they will soften.
Do Matcha Cookies have Caffeine? Yes, because matcha powder contains 70 mg caffeine per teaspoon. Since this recipe calls for 2 teaspoons and makes 32 cookies, each cookie contains about 4 mg of caffeine. That compared to 95 mg caffeine in a cup of coffee.
Matcha works like flour in baking, does not interfere with leaveners, adds structure and a gorgeous natural green color to your baked goods.
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Chewy Matcha Green Tea Cookies
- 1 cup flour all purpose or gluten free baking flour.
- 3 tablespoon coconut oil melted
- 2 teaspoon matcha green tea powder ceremonial grade
- ¼ cup milk I used oat milk
- ¼ cup cane sugar
- pinch of salt
Make the Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Sit the jar of coconut oil in a pot of just boiled water to melt it.
- Measure flour carefully, either weigh or fluff the flour in the bag to loosen it and spoon carefully into a measuring cup and level with a knife. Add matcha powder and the sugar, then mix the mixture up with a spoon.1 cup flour, 2 teaspoon matcha green tea powder, ¼ cup cane sugar, pinch of salt
- Then add milk and melted coconut oil and mix with a hand mixer.3 tablespoon coconut oil, ¼ cup milk
- Mold the cookie dough into a long roll using your hands. Make it about the size of a paper towel roll, wrap it in plastic wrap or parchment paper, and freeze for 15 minutes. Then slice ½ inch circles of cookie dough.
- Line cookie circles on a parchment-lined cookie sheet for baking. Bake cookies for 10 minutes.
- Remove the pan from oven, cool in pan 2 minutes, and then put cookies on a cooking rack for another 10 minutes.
- Serve as is or create sandwich cookies with a middle filling of white frosting
- Keep the cookies refrigerated in a sealed container, although by the next day the cookies will soften considerably.
- Best eaten the first day, while the cookies are flaky and the frosting is fluffy.