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Green Tea Cookies Recipes | Matcha Cookies Recipes | How to Make Green Tea Cookies

Updated on June 21, 2014

Here are some delicious green tea or matcha cookies recipes for green tea or matcha lovers. You can have it plain, with almond nuts, sesame seeds, chocolate rice or chips.

Widely known as an excellent source of antioxidants, green tea slows down aging and aids in preventing heart disease, strokes and cancers. A study conducted in 2007 has shown that drinking 4 cups of tea can enhance the brain's ability to improve one’s concentration on the task undertaking.

Instead of drinking green tea, you can consume green tea in the form of cakes, ice-cream, jelly or cookies using the green tea powder. Here are a few green tea cookies idea you may want to explore.

Green Tea / Matcha Cookies Recipe


1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 1/4 cup castor sugar (granulated sugar)

1 medium egg, beaten

4 Tbsp matcha / green tea powder

2 1/2 cup all purpose flour

2 ½ tsp baking powder

Nibbed/chopped almond bits or sesame seeds or white chocolate rice (optional)


1. In a large bowl, cream butter until smooth.

2. Add sugar and mix well.

3. Then, add the beaten egg and mix well.

4. Sift flour and green tea powder together.

5. Add flour mixture to the beaten mixture and mix gently.

6. Wrap the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

7. Preheat the oven to 340 degrees F.

8. On a floured board, roll the dough 1/2 cm thick and cut out desired cookies shape using cookies cutters.

9. When the dough gets too soft, refrigerate again for another 10 minutes to hardened it, and repeat step 8.

10. Sprinkle the cookies with nibbed/chopped almond, white chocolate rice or sesame seed (whichever you prefer, or keep it plain).

11. Place cookies on a well-oiled baking pan. (You can use margarine to oil the pan)

12. Bake cookies in the oven for about 10-15 minutes.

13. Remove the cookies to a cooling rack to cool.

Matcha Almond Cookies


1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

20g Matcha

2/3 unsalted butter, softened

½ cup castor sugar (granulated sugar)

1 medium egg

¾ cup sliced almond


1. Sift the flour and Matcha together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

2. Using the mixer, cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl until you get light and fluffy texture.

3. Add in the egg and mix well.

4. Add in the flour and matcha. Using a rubber spatula, stir gently by hand until the mixture is evenly mixed. Gently fold in the sliced almonds.

5. Form into 2 rolls and wrap with waxed papers.

6. Chill for a few hours or overnight.

7. Preheat oven to 180°C.

8. Line a baking pan with baking paper (or oil the baking pan with butter/margarine). Set aside.

9. Slice the chilled batter thinly and place them on the baking sheet.

10. Bake for about 12-15 minutes

11. Remove the cookies to a cooling rack to cool.

What is Matcha ?

Matcha (抹茶) refers to the finely ground, powdered, high quality Japanese green tea, commonly used in the Japanese tea ceremony. Nowadays, matcha has become a popular flavour and dye food for making mochi, soba noodles, ice-cream and Japanese confectionery called wagashi.

Different from tea powder or green tea powder, when you drink matcha, you consume the leaves. For this reason, matcha contains higher concentrations of catechins and vitamins by volume when compare to normal green tea, hence providing more health benefits by volume than brewed teas.

Matcha comes in two types – matcha-koicha and matcha-usucha, depending on the age of tea leaves. Usucha is taken from leaves of younger tea tree, aged less than thirty years old. Koicha is harvested from older tea tree, 30 years of age or older.

During the Japanese tea ceremony, koicha is brewed with less water than usucha so as to bring out its naturally sweet and mellow taste.


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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      The colors caught my eye, as well as the title. Great hub!

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      Ingenira 5 years ago

      Wow, Adelina, you are such a green tea cookies lover. I though I am bad enough !

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      Adelina 5 years ago

      Ingenira, it seems we are addicted to the cookies. It seems we are eating the cookies all day from morning till nighttime and still craving for it. Just bought 4 cans of matcha green tea powder and will make a double batch very soon. It might run out before I try to make the green tea ice cream ;-) Thanks again for the great recipe and the lovely pictures.

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      Ingenira 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, tgopfrich for stopping by and sharing.

      AmyEliza, glad you like it. Me too !

      Adelina, wow, you made it. Glad you and your family like it. My family likes it too.

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      Adelina 5 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe. I made the cookies and were all eaten less than 24 hrs. We all love it and it will be made often. Going to make another batch tomorrow ;-)

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      AmyEliza 5 years ago from Toronto

      Ohh yummy! I have to try these. I'm trying to find new recipes where I can add matcha. Match a is one of my favorite things.

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      tgopfrich 5 years ago from Stettler, AB

      I am most defintely going to make these! I even shared your recipe on my Herbal Habits facebook page!

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      Thanks so much, ListLady. Glad to see you again too. Yes, if you like the matcha taste, it'd make sense using it to make "green" cookies. Thanks so much for the rating.

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      randomcreative, glad to see you again. I love green tea ice-cream too. Green tea cookies taste a bit different, but nice too ! Thanks for dropping by and comment.

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      Thank you, thougtforce, glad to see you again. I love the green colour too, and it's naturally green.

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      Peggy, yes, cooking will destroy some of the health benefits of these Matcha but not all. The cookies has the "green tea" taste - a very distinct taste, once you try it several times, you will recognize it. :) Thanks for your comment.

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      Thanks, dinkan. If you have tried green tea products and like it, you can actually buy matcha online, or get it from Asian supermarket. :) Thank you for being the first to comment. Glad to see you here.

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      TheListLady 6 years ago from New York City

      Wonderful and everything looks so appetizing. This makes so much more sense too, than adding green dye to cookies. Thanks a million for all the easy recipes.

      Rated up and more. Yay!

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      The leaf cookies are adorable! I have had green tea ice cream but never green tea cookies. I will have to try them sometime. Thanks for sharing these recipes and for the great information about matcha.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Beautiful cookies! I love that green color, it looks so fresh! Thank you for this recipe and for explaining what matcha is. I have seen the word several times but never really understood what it was! Voted up, interesting,


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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      These are certainly eyecatching colors in these cookies. I liked the swirl patterned ones. Wouldn't the baking process destroy some of the health benefits of the matcha tea? Just curious. How would you describe the flavor of these cookies?

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      dinkan53 6 years ago from India

      wow, greenish mouthwatering pictures. First time hearing about matcha. Sad that in our places matcha is not available, may be someday will try this. thanks for the recipe, will bookmark this hub for future reference as I think matcha will be available in our places also soon.

      rated up and interesting.