VIRTUAL COOKIE SWAP?! I’m in! A friend on Instagram told me about this virtual cookie swap that Cosette’s Kitchen was hosting. I’ve never joined one before but it’s always been something that sounded fun to me. The idea of a virtual cookie swap is that a detected group of people all post a cookie recipe on the same day and use the same hashtag to bring attention to it.
I used my trusty sugar cookie recipe here but added matcha for that gorgeous green color. I use Minimal Matcha in my bakes as it’s such a high grade matcha. It’s so delicious with earthy tones and just so rich in flavor. You can use whatever matcha powder you have on hand and feel free to add a few drops of green food coloring to achieve a deep green. My husband loves these sugar cookies; they’re crumbly and tender. If you’ve used my recipes before, then you know I try not to have a whole lot of sugar. These are lightly sweet with a great matcha after taste.
You can definitely cut the cookies with any cookie cutter you like and decorate with icing or chocolate, or even go completely bare! I ended up stacking mine like a tree for a more Christmas effect. This is perfect for sharing with family and friends as an impressive treat. I cut circular guides out of parchment paper since I don’t have circular cookie cutters of all the sizes needed to make a whole tree. I started with 10.5cm diameter and each circle decreased one (1) centimeter until I got to 1.5cm. Then I just lay the parchment cut out on top of the rolled out dough and cut the cookie dough with a paring knife. I also pat down the edges over so slightly if they’re a bit wonky from cutting for more even edges.
If making the tree, I recommend cutting at least a dozen more 1.5cm diameter pieces. I use these as support between each layer to avoid a collapse and allow space for whipped cream (I laid 5 pieces at the bottom layer). The whipped cream is simple: 1/2 cup cold heavy whipping cream with a tablespoon of powdered sugar and whipped until medium peaks are formed. Stack the cookies with cream in between each layer and then decorate with colored chocolate covered candies. I love how clean the tree lines are in this design.
And there you have it, my Christmas matcha sugar cookies. I hope you enjoy them!
Christmas Matcha Sugar Cookies
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons matcha
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- Powdered sugar, for rolling
- Step 1 Cream butter and sugar together either with a stand mixer or hand mixer until light in color and fluffy. Add egg and mix together until smooth.
- Step 2 Sift the flour, matcha, baking powder, and salt into the butter mixture.
- Step 3 Mix with a spatula and form a dough. Wrap the dough in saran wrap and chill for at least an hour (overnight is fine).
- Step 4 Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Step 5 Dust a working surface with powdered sugar and roll out dough to 1 cm thick and cut out cookies with desired cutters or patterns.
- Step 6 Place cookies onto lined baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes.
- Step 7 Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before decorating.