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Matcha Goats! Matcha Green Tea Sugar Cookies for Chinese New Year

Author: Roseanne Carrara, The Lunchbox Season



  • 2 1/4 c flour
  • 1 1/2 tbs matcha [green tea] powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp  salt
  • 1 c unsalted butter
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk [optional]
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • zest of 1 small lime 1-2 tsp [optional]
  • juice of 1 small lime 1 scant tbs [optional]

Matcha Sugar Topping

  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/4-1/2  tsp matcha green tea powder


  • In a small bowl, combine flour, tea, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a mixer, beat butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • Add the egg [and egg yolk] and combine.
  • Add the vanilla, [zest, and juice] to combine.
  • Add the flour mixture in batches until combined.
  • Divide dough in half and press into disks.
  • Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Heat oven to 350.
  • Roll dough 1/4 in thick [between plastic, wax paper, or parchment if you choose]
  • Cut cookies with cutters and place on parchment or silpat-lined baking sheets.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes.
  • While the cookies are baking, mix the sugar and tea for the topping.
  • Spread by the 1/4 teaspoonful onto warm cookies just out of the oven, spreading sugar about and pressing in slightly with the back of the spoon.
  • Cool cookies completely on a wire rack.
  • Enjoy!