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