I prefer matcha over iced lattes and fruity tea flavors any day. Its subtle earthy taste and a high dose of antioxidants work splendidly well as morning energy boosters.
Yet, the perks of sipping green tea go beyond physical health. The soothing concoction has mood-lifting and mentally stimulating advantages too. These qualities made me transform your favorite tea into a festive dessert.
It’s the perfect addition to a wholesome and merry Christmas breakfast table or hi-tea party. Using floral cookie cutters gives it a soft and elegant appearance fit for a queen.
So what’s inside these mesmerizing matcha cookies?
My holiday cookie recipe infuses matcha with healthy baking alternatives. Careful calibration creates a crisp biscuit layer that nestles a creamy jam center.
It is a sweet escape for matcha lovers who crave something sophisticated amidst standard Christmas cookies and chocolate-centric dessert options.
The Best Baking Tips for Embossed Cookies
Matcha for Christmas sounds like an unconventional baking suggestion. Yet, it makes winters magical if you have a quirky taste and affinity for the green brew. Use my baking tips and techniques to turn this experimental venture into success on the first try.
Here are some rules to follow:
- Cool Butter FTW
Replace soft butter with cold cubes of butter to retain its texture and shape. My baking hack prevents your cookie dough from turning into a melting mess. It also allows you to skip the refrigeration step required for other Christmas cookie recipes.
- Ditch Leavening Agents
Baking powders provide your baked goods light and puffy texture. I like my cookies to have crispy edges and a bite to them. That is why it is best to skip the baking powder for this venture.
- Cookie Construction & Cornstarch
Want your cookies to have crispy, clean edges? Slip in some cornstarch (i.e. a flavorless thickening agent) to witness baking sorcery at work. Adding it into the batter provides your holiday cookies with the desired structure.
- The Power of Parchment
Hate messy countertops? Can’t get the right cookie texture?
Parchment paper serves as a triple threat for baking problems. Lining it in the baking trays prevents moisture collection and burnt, sticky cookies. When you roll your dough between two sheets of parchment, it creates an even thickness. It also prevents the countertops from getting dusted with flour.
How to Store Christmas Cookies?
Store leftover Matcha cookies in an air-tight container (i.e. Tupperware) and keep them at room temperature for a few days. Or, refrigerate them to enjoy them for a week.
You can also wrap them tightly with cling film and freeze them for months. It is an excellent way to prepare the cookies before the holidays.
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 30 mins
- Yield: 45 cookies 1x
- 1 ¼–2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 ½ tbsp matcha powder
- ¼ cup cane sugar (adjust to your taste)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup (or 1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes (plant based)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- Preheat the oven to 375 °F and line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Beat your wet ingredients (except eggs) in a stand mixer until it reaches a smooth consistency. Avoid overbeating to prevent air bubbles.
- Whisk and blend the egg into your dough.
- Sift and mix your dry batter ingredients.
- Keep adding flour until the dough turns into a ball.
- Stop mixing when the cookie dough pulls from the bowl without leaving behind any traces.
- Place dough between two sheets of parchment paper.
- Roll the dough to a thickness of 1/2″.
- Use a cookie cutter or embossing rolling pins to cut out shapes.
- Assemble the cut cookies with a 2” gap.
- Freeze for 10-15 minutes.**
- Bake for 9-12 mins (or until the cookies set).
- Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets.
- Create cookie sandwiches by filling homemade cranberry jam between two cookies.
Team your merry matcha cookies with my nutritiously cranberry jam recipe used for this bread.
Voila! Your merry matcha cookies are ready for the festive season.
Depending on the cookie dough and the type of pattern on your embossed rolling pin, you might want to roll and re-roll a few times to make a deeper impression in the cookie dough. Sprinkle flour to your rolled out dough and to the rolling pin. If dough is sticking to the embossing rolling pin, add more flour.
Freezing the cookies before baking helps hold the embossed pattern
Pro-tip: Store these delightful desserts in an air-tight container (i.e. Tupperware) and keep them at room temperature for a few days. Or, refrigerate them to enjoy them for a week.
Keywords: Embossed cookies, matcha cookies