Green Tea Matcha Cookies

by Erin

Matcha lovers will fall in love again with these green tea matcha cookies. Think sugar cookie meets matcha in one slightly savory treat. It’s a matcha made in heaven!

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Green Tea Matcha Cookies.

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It’s day 2 of #SpringSweetsWeek 2024 hosted by Heather from Hezzi-D’s Recipe Box! Spring officially started yesterday, March 19th, but the weather has not been very spring-y in return. Regardless, we are celebrating with plenty of spring sweets and a fun giveaway thanks to our #SpringSweetsWeek sponsors: Melissa’s ProduceTaylor and Colledge, and Selefina Spices. Find out more about the three amazing prizes HERE before entering using the Rafflecopter at the end of this post.

When I saw the matcha food grade powder included in the stash sent to me by Selefina, I knew I had to feature it in one of my recipes this week. It didn’t take me long to dream up the idea of making green tea matcha cookies using my chewy sugar cookie recipe as the base. (But I may have also seriously pondered a matcha tiramisu after the chai tiramisu success. Stay tuned…)

Green Tea Matcha Cookie Recipe.

You would think a simple addition of matcha powder to an already tried and true recipe would be fail-proof. But I discovered brown cookie dough in my fridge the next day after an overnight chilling. I normally advocate for a longer chilling time when it comes to most cookie doughs, but clearly this was not one of them.

Thankfully the first batch still tasted good but I set out to make them a second time after troubleshooting. There was a plethora of green tea matcha cookies in my house – but is that really a problem?

Did you know that matcha oxidizes?

Evidently matcha is just like apples, bananas, and other foods. Oxidation naturally occurs when matcha powder is exposed to light, heat, and/or air (oxygen, hence the name). But it does change the color and could impact the flavor over time. (The brown tops of my matcha cheesecake bars make more sense now.)

The morale of the story is to keep the chilling to a minimum for this dough. On the other side, I also suggest enjoying these green tea matcha cookies quickly after baking as well because they will continue to oxidize – definitely store in a good air-tight container.

Matcha Green Tea Cookie Dough.
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Matcha Sugar Cookies.

Green Tea Matcha Cookies.


Yield: 2 dozen Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Selefina matcha green tea food grade powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to almost room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp Taylor & Colledge almond extract paste


  1. In a medium bowl, Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add egg, vanilla, and chocolate extract and beat until combined. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing until just combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes*.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Place sugar in a shallow bowl.
  4. Roll tablespoons of dough into balls and roll in the sugar (or sprinkles), shaking off any excess. Place on prepared cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until edges of cookies are just starting to brown and centers are set. Let cool on sheets for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Store leftovers in an air-tight container**.


*Normally I am a huge advocate for chilling longer, but the matcha will oxidize over time and turn brown if you chill this cookie dough for too long. It's still delicious but not as vibrantly green. **Baked cookies are also subject to browning by oxidation so these are best eaten within the first day or two.

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Source: Adapted from my Chewy Sugar Cookies.

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