Matcha Green Tea Cookies

Matcha Green Tea Cookies

Matcha Green Tea Cookies
Matcha Green Tea Cookies

Matcha Green Tea Cookies

A little while ago it was my dear friend Rosie’s birthday. She and I met in college and immediately became close friends. Perhaps one of our favorite things to do together was to go downtown to the Tea Zone in the pearl district and get Green Tea Lattes. They were amazing, so creamy and delicious and this beautiful green color. When Rosie studied abroad, I knew she had missed them and brought her a green tea latte when I went to pick her up at the airport.

So like I said, it was Rosie’s birthday, and a few days beforehand I happened to be surfing some food blogs and stumbled across this recipe for matcha green tea cookies. The timing could not have been better. I immediately knew that I had to make these for her. I walked down the street to Tea Chai Te (another wonderful tea shop in Portland) and picked up a couple ounces of matcha (I wanted extra to send to her along with the cookies) and started baking away.

Matcha Green Tea Cookies

A note about your matcha: the better the quality, the greener it will be! I hope yours is as vividly green as mine was. I’ve never called cookie dough beautiful before. But it was suitable for cookies for Rosie. 


3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 1/2 tbsps matcha green tea powder
10 tbsps unsalted butter, room temperature
1 3/4 cup flour
3 egg yolks
1 cup granulated sugar (to roll the cookies in pre-baking)


First, mix together the confectioner’s sugar and the matcha powder. Then add in the butter, and mix thoroughly to cream it.

Now, add in the flour and mix just until is it combined. The thing with shortbread-type cookies is the less you handle them, the better. Now toss in the egg yolks and mix until the dough comes together. It will look a wee bit like play dough, but instead of those obnoxious neon colors it will be a beautiful forest green.

Now you can dump the dough out onto a clean surface (aka counter) and make it into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. When you remove the dough, start preheating your oven to 350 degrees, and dump the sugar into a shallow bowl.

Roll out your dough until it’s about 1/2 an inch thick. Using a cookie cutter that’s about two inches wide, cut out some cookies! This is totally the fun part. Feel free to mash up scraps and re-roll the dough as many times as you wish. The dough actually comes back together really nicely, unlike some other cookies. Anyway, after you’ve cut them out, you can dunk them in sugar and put them on a baking sheet. (If you don’t have awesome baking sheets that everything slides right off of, I might suggest putting parchment paper down.)

Bake them for 12-15 minutes, or until they just start to turn golden at the edges. Transfer them to a wire rack to cool, and then enjoy! (The website also warns to store them in the shade as the color will fade with exposure to the sun…)