One of my favorite cookies to have with tea are these Green Tea Sweets. Covered lightly in white sugar, these matcha cookies are delicate, delicious and go perfect with tea.
These tea sweets were at one time sold at Amai, a cute little teahouse/bakery in Gramercy, New York. I would help out every so often as a barista making tea lattes and espressos since a former co-worker and his wife owned the place. They made a variety of tea sweets including Earl Grey and Currant, Lemongrass and Ginger, and Chai Almond. All were delightful and delicious. Amai closed its doors about 3 years ago, but thankfully the recipe can be found online.
The recipe calls for a leaf shaped cookie cutter, but you can use any shape. I use the open end of a shot glass to get a round cookie.
Green Tea Sweets
Yield (2” leaf shape): Approx 25
3/4 cup (2.25 oz) Confectioners sugar
5 oz Unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 3/4 cup (8.5 oz) All-purpose flour
3 Large egg yolks
1.5 TBS Matcha (powdered green tea)
1 cup Granulated sugar (for coating)
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Whisk the confectioner’s sugar and green tea together in a bowl.
- Add the butter and green tea/sugar mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix until smooth and light in color.
- Add the flour and mix until well combined.
- Add the egg yolks and mix just until the eggs are fully incorporated and a mass forms.
- Form the dough into a disk and chill in the refrigerator until firm (about 30 minutes).
- Roll the dough out to ½” thickness.
- Cut the dough with a leaf cookie cutter.
- Toss each cut cookie in a bowl of granulated sugar to coat.
- Place the sugar-coated cookie on a parchment lined pan. Bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes, or until slightly golden around the edges.
The higher quality matcha you use, the brighter green the cookies will be. Store the cookies in a tin or other container that blocks out sunlight to preserve the color. The green color will fade when exposed to sunlight.
Photo Credit: Andrew Lin