Green Tea Cookies

Course: Dessert Cuisine: Japanese Keyword: cookie, green tea powder, matcha Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes Servings: 24 cookies Author: Nami Enjoy your afternoon tea with these buttery, crispy Green Tea Cookies with Matcha powder. The unique flavor of matcha in the cookies is surprisingly delightful!


  • 240 g all-purpose flour (plain flour) (2 cups; If you’re using a cup measurement, please follow this method to measure. Otherwise, the amount of flour tends to be more than you need.)
  • 15 g matcha green tea powder (2 ½ Tbsp; 1 Tbsp matcha is 6 g)
  • 170 g unsalted butter (¾ cup; softened)
  • 130 g confectioners’ sugar/powder sugar (roughly 1 cup)
  • pinch kosher/sea salt (I use Diamond Crystal; Use half for table salt)
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 50 g white chocolate chips (¼ cup)


  1. Gather all the ingredients.
  2. Combine 240 g (2 cups) all-purpose flour and 15 g (2 ½ Tbsp) matcha green tea powder in a large bowl.
  3. Sift the flour and the matcha powder.
  4. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat 170 g (¾ cup) unsalted butter until smooth and creamy. It’s important to soften the butter ahead of time.
  5. Add a pinch of salt and blend.
  6. Add 130 g (roughly 1 cup) powder sugar and blend until soft and light. Scrape down the bowl as needed.
  7. Add 2 large egg yolks and mix well until combined.
  8. Gradually add the flour and matcha green tea powder mix and blend until the dough is smooth.
  9. Add 50 g (¼ cup) white chocolate chips and blend well.
  10. Cut the dough in half and shape into 2 cylinders, about 1.5 inches (4 cm) diameter, 7″ (18 cm) long.
  11. Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until firm, at least 2 hours (or overnight). Optional: you can place the logs on a bed of rice while chilling. It’ll keep the dough in a nice cylindrical shape, so your cookie slices won’t be flat on one side.
  12. Preheat the oven to 350 ºF (175 ºC). Line the baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking liner. Remove the dough from the plastic wrap, and with a sharp knife, slice the dough into ⅓ inches (7 mm)-thick rounds. Place them on the baking sheet, leaving about 1” (2.5 cm) between rounds.
  13. Bake the cookies at 350 ºF (175 ºC) for about 15 minutes, or until the edge of the cookies starts to get slightly golden brown.
  14. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes; then carefully transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely. If you pack the cookies in an airtight container, they will keep for at least 4 days.
  15. You can also freeze the unbaked logs of dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, for up to 2 months. Let sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes before cutting and baking. Do not let the dough fully defrost.

Recipe Notes

Recipe is slightly adapted from A Food Lover’s Journey, originally from Okashi Treats by Keiko Ishida.