I've seen recipes for matcha cookies before and have always wanted to try them but I always chickened out because of the green color. But since it's Christmas time, I think green cookies will be more widely accepted. They're "festive"! In fact, they remind me of the Grinch which is my favorite Christmas movie ever.
These have great flavor, and the lime compliments the matcha green tea flavor very well. These cookies are great straight off the plate or served with tea.
This recipe is from Nicole Stich's cookbook "Delicious Days".
Preparation time: 10 minutes plus 1 hour for cooling
Cook time: 10-15 minutes
what you'll need:
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp matcha tea (powder made of green tea leaves, can be found in tea shops or Asian grocery stores)
3 organic limes
10 Tbsp non-salted butter
1 pinch of salt
1 1/4 cup flour (plus a bit more for rolling the dough)
3 Tbsp cornstarch
3 medium egg yolks
3 Tbsp sugar
Sift together the powdered sugar and matcha tea powder in a bowl so it is evenly mixed.
Wash 1 lime with hot water and soap and finely zest.
Cut the 10 Tbsp of butter into small cubes. Then using the paddle feature on your mixer, mix together the butter, powdered sugar/matcha, lime zest and pinch of salt.
Mix until it becomes a bright green, smooth mixture.
Mix in the cornstarch and flour.
Once that's mixed, add in the 3 egg yolks.
Divide the dough into 2 pieces and shape into a finger-thick slab. Wrap in foil and refrigerate for at least 1hour and up to 2 days. This helps it stay firm when you're cutting it and makes life a lot easier.
Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Wash the remaining limes and finely zest. Grind the zest together with 1 Tbsp of sugar as finely as possible in a mortar.
After it is ground, add in the other 2 Tbsp sugar and mix.
Dust a work surface with a bit of flour and roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thick. If the dough becomes too flimsy when you're working with it, put it back in the fridge to firm up again.
Cut the cookies from the dough. The simpler the cookie cutters are, the easier it is to handle the dough. I was unable to find a cookie cutter that was not shaped like Santa, so I used a small serving container to cut the cookies, then used a fork to indent the sides of the cookies.
Roll the cookies in the lime sugar.
Place on a baking sheet and bake in the oven (middle rack) for 10 - 15 minutes.
They are perfect when they are baked through but have not started to turn golden yet, which takes away from the pretty green color.
Remove from oven and enjoy!
Tip: Nicole recommends storing the cookies in an opaque jar to preserve the green color longer.
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