It just wouldn’t be the holidays without baking. Seriously. So when I got the itch to make cookies at 9 PM, I pushed down the voice in my head that said, “it’s too late to start that kind of project,” and I did it anyway! (Of course, this resulted in leaving a sink full of dirty dishes at midnight, but whatevs… It’s the price you pay for sudden inspiration!)
I’ve had cookies on the brain ever since I recently acquired some matcha green tea. I’ve wanted to try baking with green tea for a long time, and sugar cookies seemed like they would go nicely with the tea flavor. And I figured that the green would make them look nice and festive for the holidays! So I whipped up a new version of my favorite sugar cookie recipe, adding a healthy dose of matcha to the dough.
(That makes these health food cookies, right? Right. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)
- 1 c. butter, softened
- 1 1/2 c. white sugar
- 1/2 c. brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp lemon extract
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp matcha green tea powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, and matcha powder. Set aside.
- In a stand mixer, cream together butter, sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Then beat in eggs, lemon extract, and vanilla extract.
- Slowly stir in dry ingredients.
- Dust work surface and rolling pin with flour. Roll out dough to a thickness of about 1/4 inch.
- Cut out cookies with cookie cutters and carefully transfer to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.
- Bake about 8 minutes or until they start to turn golden brown around the edges. Let cool on tray for 5 minutes.
- Optionally, add frosting.