Green Tea Cookies Recipe

green tea cookies

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.

green tea cookies

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

green tea cookies

Green Tea Cookies Recipe
Light and simple green tea cookies
  • 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
  1. Blend the packets of whole leaf EatGreenTea until it becomes a fine powder. This should be enough for about 2 tablespoons.
  2. 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.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and sea salt together.
  4. 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.
  5. Slowly add the flour mixture to your wet ingredients and mix until it forms a ball of dough.
  6. 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.
  7. Preheat the oven to 305 degrees.
  8. Take out the dough and place on a floured surface. Roll the dough until itis about ¼ inch in thickness.
  9. Use your favorite cookie cutter shape and cut out cookies.
  10. Place cookies on parchment-lined paper.
  11. Bake for 12 - 14 minutes.
  12. Cool for one minutes on the sheet and move to a wire rack to cool completely.
*Subscription Box ingredient
**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.




    • Amanda says

      These are so very tasty – it is really quite surprising! Since you powder the green tea, you can barely tell it is there. I just didn’t know what else to use them in since I couldn’t stand the thought of putting it in my stir fry or tacos haha


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