matcha green tea sugar cookies


Matcha Green Tea Sugar Cookies

It’s with great pleasure that I bring you today’s cookie post on a Wednesday. If you follow my blog, and I sure hope you do, you’ll know that I don’t typically post recipes on Wednesdays. But today isn’t just any old Wednesday. Today marks The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013 unveiling day. Today is the day I share my recipe for Matcha Green Tea Cookies with a White Chocolate and Sesame Seed Drizzle. Long name for a small cookie, I know. Is it a coincidence that Wednesday also happens to have the longest name of any day of the week? Yeah, it is actually, but who cares? We’re talking about green cookies. Let’s get started. 

Cookie Swap 2013First, let me tell you a little bit about The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. Organized by Lindsay of Love and Olive Oil and Julie of The Little Kitchen, the #fbcookieswap, as it’s known on social media, is an annual event that connects food bloggers in the name of cookies and finding a cure to pediatric cancer. Participation proceeds benefit Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. How could I not get involved? So I did. 

Since I’m still relatively new at this whole food-blogging thing, I approached the Cookie Swap as my coming-out party, the thought of which was both exhilarating and frightening. Yes! So many cookies to try and new bloggers to discover! and Oh my goodness! I need to impress these people! What am I going to make?! Overwhelmed doesn’t even cover it.

I’m perhaps the most frustratingly indecisive person there is. Just ask my boyfriend, or anyone really. But once I figured out that whatever cookie I shared would need to capture me and my blog, the decision came easy. Matcha Green Tea Cookies with a White Chocolate and Sesame Seed Drizzle, because:

A. I’m Chinese,
B. White chocolate is my chocolate of choice,
and C. Sesame seeds are the original asian sprinkle.

I, Yang Yang, blogger of Fortune Goodies, had a winning idea. Read along to see how I made it into a winning cookie.

Making Matcha Green Tea Cookies
{Making the dough and rolling the cookies}

I realize matcha green tea isn’t one of those flavors we’re all born liking. By “we” I mean all of humanity. Because we Chinese people definitely are. Anyway, because I knew not everyone would love a green tea cookie, I made them little and sweet like half-sized green sugar cookies. And I knew the white chocolate couldn’t hurt.

Matcha Green Tea Cookies fresh out of the oven
{Matcha Green Tea Cookies fresh out of the oven}

The cookies taste like matcha green tea without overpowering the butter, sugar and egg flavors that make a cookie a cookie.

I’d definitely eat these without the extra fixings. 

Green Tea Sugar Cookies
{Green Tea Cookies all dolled up}

But I’d much rather enjoy them with.

Matcha Green Tea Cookies | Fortune Goodies
{Matcha Green Tea Cookies}

I was very pleased with how these turned out and highly recommend them to anyone needing a break from chocolate chip cookie dough. Matcha green tea powder is rich in antioxidants, so that helps too. 

Green Tea Cookies for Cookie Swap

{Cookies packed and ready to go} 

I had the honor of sharing mine with Jennifer of My Sweet SanityTeri of The Freshman Cookand Taylor of Greens & Chocolate

And I had the most delicious pleasure of receiving Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies from Britni of Play. Party. Pin., Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Kim of Mammy2Grammyand good-for-you Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pecan Cookies from Lisa of Cooking with CurlsVery nicely done, ladies!

That pat on the back comes from me and my many coworkers. I couldn’t possibly keep all 3-dozen to myself (yes, I could). When I explained to my office buddies that I’d received cookies from people I’d never met before, everyone’s initial reaction was “Arsenic!” I suppose I understand where they were coming from. Us DC folk have been conditioned to be highly suspicious of unknown mail, but it’s comical how quickly they dropped their paranoia once they saw how much I was enjoying them.

I hope my swap recipients enjoyed my green tea cookies half as much as I enjoyed the ones I received. 

Thanks to all involved for making this such a fun experience for me. 

matcha green tea sugar cookies
for the cookies
  1. 2½ cups flour
  2. 2 tablespoons matcha green tea powder
  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  4. ¼ teaspoon salt
  5. 1½ sticks butter
  6. 1¼ cup sugar
  7. 1 large egg
  8. 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
for the drizzle
  1. 1 cup white chocolate chips
  2. ⅓ cup sesame seeds
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat, set aside.
  2. Sift together flour, matcha green tea powder, baking powder, and salt into a bowl.
  3. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Mix in egg, almond extract if you're using it, and reduce speed to low. Gradually add in matcha-flour mixture.
  5. Roll dough into 36 balls about 1-inch wide and space 1-inch apart on baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes until edges begin to brown.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack.
to add a little pizzazz
  1. Place white chocolate chips in small, microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 15 second intervals until melted.
  2. Transfer melted white chocolate to piping bag fitted with a tip.
  3. Top green tea cookies with white chocolate drizzle and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
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55 Responses to matcha green tea sugar cookies

  1. Christine says:

    I think you did a great job, and I’m sure you wowed the Christmas stockings off many a chimney…I am really excited to try your cookie recipe, and given I’m in Asia right now, I really hope matcha will be easier to find than maple syrup (my last estimates come in at about 15 USD for 250g, so about a cup…ick).
    Anyway, thanks for the beautiful pics and a fantastic looking recipe!

    • Yang says:

      Thanks, Christine! And I definitely have a feeling that matcha will be much easier to find than maple syrup where you are. Hope you found some.

  2. Britni says:

    So glad you enjoyed the cookies, wish I’d gotten to try your green tea ones; they look incredible! Oh and we’re neighbors! I’m hosting a blogger party on January 11th in Alexandria if you’re interested email me at playpartypin at gmail dot com.

  3. Randell says:

    I drink green tea everyday. However, never think it can be made into cookies. I will try it.

  4. Laura says:

    Loved these, I bought some matcha online and am always looking for tasty ways to use it. The white chocolate is great, even people who don’t like green tea approved :)

  5. Amanda says:

    I literally just made these cookies and they were soooooo yummy!! Even my dad who doesn’t like things like this said he really liked them. I also added the almond extract which made them 10 times yummier. Great recipe overall. Love it!

    • Yang says:

      I live for stuff like this! Thanks, Amanda! I’m so happy you and your Dad enjoyed the cookie recipe. Let’s hope he’s become a matcha green tea convert.

  6. Hey would you mind letting me know which webhost you’re utilizing? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different web browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you suggest a good internet hosting provider at a honest price? Thank you,I appreciate it!

    • Yang says:

      Wow. Good to know. I use JustHost. It’s the only one I’ve ever used, so I can’t say how it compares to others, but I recommend it.

  7. Alvirta V Peterson-Cox says:

    Hi, Yang. I made these for a Japanese-themed birthday lunch on the job and they were a big, big hit! I even shared your recipe. Thanks.

  8. Fawn says:

    Thank you for this simple and yummy recipe! Mine turned out wonderfully! ^_^

  9. Jen says:

    These are delicious!! Thank you for sharing!!

  10. Mar says:

    I can’t wait to try your recipe! 1 quick Q though. Instead of rolling the dough into a ball can I flatten them a bit just like cookies?

    • Yang says:

      Yes, of course! I liked the rounded-tops look for mine, but you can certainly flatten them out more. Let me know how they turn out!

      • Mar says:

        They’re delicious! They taste even better when eaten the next day! I used pink melted chocolate instead of white and I love how they turned out. Thank you for this recipe. 😀

  11. Evee says:

    I just roll the dough into ball shape and it will turn into a cookie round shape right?

  12. Christine says:

    Hi there,

    These cookies look great–I was just wondering how many cookies the recipe makes?


  13. Ellen says:

    I just made these cookies and let me tell you they are FANTASTIC! I used actual sprinkles instead of sesame seeds cause we didn’t have any and I was too lazy to go to the store and cause they were Christmas sprinkles (: They came out so adorable and festive I sent pics to all my friends haha

    I thought I made them about the right size but I guess not because I ended up getting about 60 cookies! They came out so cute and bite sized and my whole family (even though they originally thought the idea of a green tea flavored cookie was strange) they really loved them! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe I’m totally gonna make these all the time now 😀

  14. Kat says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I am going to try this during the Holidays. I love matcha! But I will be using dark chocolate since I love it more than white choco. 😀

  15. daphne says:

    hello! gonna try out this recipe tmr (: but i wanted to ask if the butter you used is salted or unsalted?

  16. Jen says:

    Hi there,
    My coworkers and I LOVED these. I wanted to try this recipe using Earl Grey tea. Do you think the almond extract would still be ok to use? Or should I stick with vanilla?

    • Yang says:

      So happy to hear it, Jen! Thanks so much for sharing. Earl Grey sounds like a great idea. I’m a big fan of almond, so I can’t see almond extract ever being bad thing, but it’s possible vanilla might pair a little better. Can’t go wrong either way.

  17. Maya says:

    Hey !

    I love this recipe so much! i’ve made them a couple of times already but at the time i did have a stand up mixer and now i don’t, any other suggestions on how to mix it? I have used a hand held mixer but i found it made the cookie batter in a different consistency.

    Thank you!

  18. Chloe says:

    Hi! For this recipe, should i use salted or unsalted butter?

  19. Maxime says:

    Oh my, these cookies looks amazing…! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I can’t wait to try it out – it’s a pity I’m moving so soon lol!

  20. Cai says:

    I went a little crazy with your recipe. I made two doughs, one with 1/2 TSP matcha and the other with the rest, and made swirly cookies (rather Japanese style!)
    I also reduced the sugar since I’m not a huge sweet fan…

    It was tricky, especially since Jamaica’s climate is NOT conducive to baking with butter, but the cookies came out pretty well.

    Thanks for sharing this!

  21. Chris says:

    Hi!! thanks for sharing your making this tomorrow. just wondering if i can use white/milk chocolate chips instead and fold them into the dough? will it affect the shape or texture of the cookies? thank you!!

  22. Aly says:

    Been wanting to try this out for months and finally, I got my hands on some matcha! :) Quick question though, is there going to be a huge difference in the taste if I opt out for the almond extract?

    • Yang says:

      Hi Aly – I’m so sorry for my really delinquent response. I’m sure you’ve figured it out by now, but the extract is totally a matter of personal preference. Opting for almond extract shouldn’t be too drastic a change since the matcha is pretty powerful. I happen to love almond, so it’s a great move if you ask me.

  23. Danika says:

    Hello, I am just wondering to be 100% sure.. 1 and 1/2 sticks of butter, are we talking about the small sticks that are 1/2 a cup each? Or the large sticks. Assuming this recipe calls for the small sticks, then it would be 3/4 cup of butter for the recipe? Thank you!

    • Yang says:

      Hi Danika,

      I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you. I’ve been away and going through all kinds of big life changes that I’ve been neglecting this here blog. I am talking about the stick of butter that are 1/2 cup each. Thanks for checking and sorry again for the delay!

  24. Ashley Huether says:

    Hi! Just made these with my kiddo – the dough was a bit crumbly, is it meant to be that way? I could mash it into a ball but not roll it. I used a bit extra almond ;] and topped with vanilla almond bark. They came out yummy!

    • Yang says:

      Hi Ashley – I’m so happy to hear you liked the cookies! While the dough is definitely thicker than regular cookie dough, I don’t know that it should be crumbly. I’m not sure what the answer is there. Perhaps something to do with the butter? Whatever the case, I’m happy they tasted good!

  25. Lashonda Love says:

    The Green Tea cookies awesome! I add edge white chocolate chips to the batter! Amazing👏👏

  26. Miao Dong says:

    I made these last night and they were great!! Very cool color too :)

  27. Marilynn says:

    This recipe is the bomb, family loved it, thank you for sharing. Very tasty..It’s a keeper..

  28. Felecia says:


    I was just wondering about the 2.5 cups of flour. Is it 2.5 cups before sifting, or after sifting?


  29. Ann Damirez says:

    I tried your recipe today and they came out fantastic. I love them they are very pretty and not very sweet because I reduced the amount of sugar. Thank you for sharing your recipe

  30. Margaret says:

    Making these right now!
    Thank you so much for the recipe. I have a big evening ahead of me and was looking for some fast and simple (but delicious!) matcha recipes. You would not believe the crazy amount of time and effort other matcha related desserts take!
    Thank you!!! ^.^

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