I receive a lot of healthy snack subscription boxes and tend to get some repeated items I will collect until I am inspired to use them. Recently, I received a large number of EatGreenTea packets from my November Bestowed box and suddenly had an idea to use them in a cookie. Green tea cookies, or cookies made with any kind of tea, is not a new concept, but I never made anything like it before, so I was excited to try something new.
My concern about making green tea cookies is that green tea is such a delicate flavor that could easily be lost if paired with the wrong ingredients. Most recipes I found called for a traditional matcha (green tea) powder. Since my challenge is to incorporate products I get from my subscription boxes, I substituted that for the EatGreenTea which I put through a blender. My own green tea powder did not have the bright, vibrant green of the matcha, but it at least still has the flavor.
I made one batch of the cookies and they were… good. Not the amazing, incredibly unique cookies I was expecting, but definitely not bad. The recipe is a basic shortbread and that is what I had in mind when trying it, but it did not have the sweetness I was hoping for. I decided to re-work the recipe. I included a bit more sugar the bring out the sweetness and added more green tea to amplify the flavor a little more. Other than that, I did not need to change the recipe at all. Because this is a very light and simple cookie, I have a few suggestions to add to the flavor.
- Drizzle white chocolate over the cookies once they’ve completely cooled.
- Toast sliced almond, chop them roughly and add to the batter
- Sprinkle sugar on top prior to baking
- Enjoy plain with an herbal or fruity tea
- 1 stick of unsalted butter, plus 2 tablespoons; softened
- ¾ cup confectioner's (powdered) sugar
- ¼ granulated or raw sugar
- 3 egg yolks**
- 5 - 6 packets of EatGreenTea*
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1¾ cup all-purpose flour
- Blend the packets of whole leaf EatGreenTea until it becomes a fine powder. This should be enough for about 2 tablespoons.
- Blend the granulated sugar until it is a fine powder. Mix this and the powdered green tea with the confectioner's sugar until well-blended.
- In a separate bowl, mix the flour and sea salt together.
- Add in the butter to your sugar and green tea mixture and mix until everything becomes a uniformly green color. Slowly add the egg yolk and mix until just combined.
- Slowly add the flour mixture to your wet ingredients and mix until it forms a ball of dough.
- Form the dough into a ball and flatten. Cover with plastic wrap or place in a freezer bag and place in the refrigerator or freezer for about 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 305 degrees.
- Take out the dough and place on a floured surface. Roll the dough until itis about ¼ inch in thickness.
- Use your favorite cookie cutter shape and cut out cookies.
- Place cookies on parchment-lined paper.
- Bake for 12 - 14 minutes.
- Cool for one minutes on the sheet and move to a wire rack to cool completely.
**At one point I ran out of egg yolks and substituted them with whole flax meal from my KLUTCHclub subscription box. I used the equivalent of two eggs.