Green Tea Cookies

Green Tea, Camellia sinensis, is a cold and bitter leaf that can be used for cooking in powdered form.  It’s medicinal benefits include:

  1. Clearing Heat & Harmonizing the stomach (digestive issues, hiccups, etc.)
  2. Dispeling Dampness
  3. Clears the head (headache)
  4. Modern Research show an antineoplastic effect
  5. Modern Research demonstrates its ability to decreases cholesterol


Green Tea Cookies

  • 3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 5 oz. unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 3/4 cups brown rice flour
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. matcha (powdered green tea)
  • 1 cup unrefined sugar (for coating)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

3. Whisk sugar and matcha and flour together in a bowl.

4. Add sugar/macha/flour mixture and butter to bowl of a stand mixer or hand knead thoroughly for until smooth, even, and light in color.

5. Add egg yolks and mix til even but not too much.

6. Form dough into a disk and refrigerate until firm (about 30 minutes).

7. Roll dough out to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutter of choice.

8. Toss each cut cookie in a bowl of granulated sugar to coat.

9. Place cookies on a parchment-lined pan. 10. Bake 12–15 minutes, or until slightly golden around edges.

Makes about 25.  Thanks Julia!

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  1. A classmate made these for class and they were bomb.

    Comment by Alana woodschan — December 9, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

  2. I thought these cookies were great! Liked how they were not too sweet and the green color was wonderful! Jodi

    Comment by Jodi Host — March 31, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

  3. They were delicious. Colleen did an excellent job with a great recipe.

    Comment by Diana Rogers — April 7, 2013 @ 11:00 am

  4. These cookies were so delicious! I agree that the sweetness was not too much. The texture was great too. Nice recipe.

    Comment by Katherine Walters — April 11, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

  5. I made these for class and they were a hit! My teenagers saw them and tried them and they both thought they were gross … But when they found that I had taken them all to school, they begged me to make more! Guess they actually liked them!

    Comment by Lisa Polson — July 23, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

  6. These were so delicious when Judy made them! They were very caffeinated though; is there a type of green tea you could use or a different way of using it (brewed, not powdered, etc.) that would make them less caffeinated? Or, maybe I just should eat less of them ; )

    Comment by Katrina H — August 3, 2013 @ 6:17 pm

  7. This is a fail-safe recipe for gluten-free sugar cookies! The color is wonderful and the flavor is tasty. If you want to go sugar-free and don’t mind Xylitol (or other sugar alcohols) or corn starch, you can substitute the confectioner’s sugar with 1/2 C Xylitol and 1/2 C corn starch, and bake the cookies naked (without the sugar or Xylitol coating).

    Comment by Cali James — April 12, 2017 @ 6:48 pm

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