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Green Tea has a lot of health benefits that we have all heard about! It's been in the news a lot, how powerful and antioxidant it is, and how it , may help prevent certain types of cancers. It's enough to make anyone want to add more green tea to their diet! But not everyone likes to drink green tea, and even if you do, sometimes its fun to change things up a bit!
I have tried matcha tea in the past and incorporated it into some of my recipes, but here's a new one that maybe your haven't heard of before Green Tea Cookies! I was inspired when I tried Matcha from Kiss me Organics and received their free matcha recipe e-book. It has over 50 recipes using Matcha so there's a lot to try out and enjoy! Drinks, muffins, cookies, even pizza dough! I love a matcha latte with cream. It's one of the only caffeinated drinks that doesn't leave me feeling jittery afterwards.
These cookies have a green tea flavor that goes really nicely with a sugar cookie, its like having your tea and cookies all in one! There's a sugar cookie recipe in the book, however I switched it up a bit to suit my own ideas about how to make it as healthy as possible! My kids love these cookies but I didn't let them have more than 1 because they are young and I am very careful with how much caffeine they can consume. This recipe makes close to 2 dozen cookies with one tablespoon of matcha making each cookie have less than half a tsp of matcha in it. I believe this is a safe amount for a child to have but I won't make a judgement call on that for your children =) This would be a great recipe for taking with you if you are going to get a lot of sun. Antioxidants help to decrease damage from free radicals and green tea is LOADED with antioxidants!
Matcha Green Tea Cookies
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1/4 cup coconut oil (softened)
3/4 cup coconut sugar
1 TBS Matcha Green Tea
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups unbleached white flour
1/4 cup demerera sugar for sprinkling (optional)
Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter, coconut oil and coconut sugar together. Add matcha, vanilla and egg. Mix well. Add flours and mix until combined. Use a cookie scoop to place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Flatten with a fork and sprinkle with demerara sugar. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until edges are light brown.
This cookie has a definite green tea flavor, so if it's not your favorite flavor then you could work up to the full tbs. over time. Our family loved them as they were. I bet it wouldn't be hard to adapt this recipe and make a killer sourdough version as well or you cold certainly used a sprouted grain flour if you chose to. Our family does try to incorporate as many traditional foods as we can into our diets, but we aren't militant about it. =)
I hope you try and love this recipe as much as we do! Please let us know if you do!