Magical Matcha Christmas Cookie Tree

Magical Matcha Christmas Cookie Tree

Take your Christmas desserts to new heights with this dramatic matcha cookie tree. 

If you’re like me, your Christmas baking plans focus on exceeding expectations whenever the holidays begin. I challenge myself every festive season to surprise my loved ones. 

This year around, I swapped cutesy cut-out cookies for this edible Christmas tree. Whipping matcha into the mix transforms basic cookies into this earthy yet exquisite masterpiece. 

I decked the negative spaces with homemade buttercream and cranberries. They manage to replicate the festive vibes of a real tree. Each layer is glued with a tasty buttercream that makes assembling and dissembling this magnificent structure manageable. 

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 buttercream center.

 It is a sweet escape for matcha lovers who crave something sophisticated amidst standard Christmas cookies and chocolate-centric dessert options.  

What to Expect?

  • A dairy-free holiday cookie
  • Quick and easy recipe
  • Vegetarian Christmas cookies
  • No traces of refined sugar
  • No artificial flavoring
  • No additives or chemical colors

The Best Baking Tips for Christmas 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.

Healthy Alternatives for Holiday Cookies: Matcha Edition

Sprinkling matcha into the cookie dough is never enough. I try using healthy substitutes for known baking staples to add a healthy twist to my recipes.

Here are a few tips you could use:

Here are alternative ingredients that work well for this holiday treat:   

  • Intense Colors: Amplify the grassy green into a Christmas green by whisking more matcha powder into the mix. Do adjust the quantity according to preferred taste.
  • Alternatives for Refined Sugar: Ditch refined-sugar for subtle cane sugar to control your calories and sugary contents. Y
  • Egg Substitutes: Popular egg substitutes include ground flaxseed, mashed ripe banana, and chia seeds. I haven’t tried them with this recipe so tread with caution.

Are you ready to add a wholesome twist to the festivities with this edible Matcha Christmas Cookie Tree? Remember to tag me or add #joyfulhomecooking so I can see your creative cookie renditions.

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Magical Matcha Christmas Cookie Tree

Deck your Christmas table with these yummy matcha cookies. The towering stack of cookies and creamy filling makes it a tasty treat for the festive season.

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins + 30 mins additional time
  • Total Time: 60 mins
  • Yield: 45 cookies 1x
  • Author:
  • Joyce Mrad

Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp matcha powder
  • ¼ cup cane sugar (adjust to your taste)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (or 1 stick) cold unsalted plant-based butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg

Buttercream:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 24 tsp matcha powder
  • 12 tbsp almond milk

Instructions

  1. Beat coconut oil, butter, sugar and vanilla wet in a stand mixer. Then whisk until it reaches a smooth consistency. Avoid overbeating to prevent air bubbles. *
  2. Whisk and blend the egg into your cookie dough.
  3. Sift and mix your flour, salt, cornstarch, and matcha powder into the batter.
  4. Keep adding flour until the dough turns into a ball.
  5. Stop mixing when the cookie dough pulls from the bowl without leaving behind any traces.
  6. Place dough between two sheets of parchment paper. **
  7. Roll the dough to a thickness of 3/8”. Use rolling pin rings for uniform thickness.
  8. Use different sizes of star-shaped cookie cutters to create the tree branches. ***
  9. Assemble the cut cookies with a 2” gap.
  10. Preheat the oven to 375 °F and line your baking sheets with parchment paper. ****
  11. Bake for 9-12 minutes (or until the cookies are set). *****
  12. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets.
  13. Create cookie sandwiches by filling homemade buttercream between two cookies.

Buttercream:

  1. Soften your butter by letting it sit at room temperature for 1 hr. That way, it doesn’t form any clumps when you combine it with sugar.
  2. Beat vanilla and butter in a large mixing bowl. (30 secs)
  3. Sift and add ½ cup of sugar one at a time to prevent lumps. Add matcha and beat until you get a light green hue. Add more matcha to intensify its color.
  4. Add a spoonful of milk. Adjust the measurement to get the desired consistency.

Ta-da! Turn naysayers green with envy by serving these tasty treats during the holidays.


Notes

*Overbeating can change its consistency by forming air bubbles.

** Retains even thickness and makes post-baking clean up less messy.

***Make sure the cut cookies are even to maintain a consistent look.

**** Turn the heat up a notch to bake faster and prevent them from turning into crumbly messes.

***** Baked cookies have firm edges and a set center with no crumbly/soft bits.

Keywords: Matcha cookies, Christmas cookies, holiday cookies

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