Just a small amount of Numi organic matcha tea gives these Green Tea Chocolate Sugar Cookies natural green color and unique flavor. These cookies go great with afternoon tea or are a fun way to sneak in some antioxidants into your lunch box.
A few days ago, I watched Bad Moms. It portrays how we moms try to be perfect even though we’re overstretched. There’s a great scene towards the end where moms shout out their confessions during a packed PTA meeting. I could relate to quite a few of them.
Here’s one of my “bad mom confessions.” My daughter refused (and I do mean refused) to eat vegetables when she was a kid. She’d literally starve herself rather than eat anything green. I’m not talking about missing one meal here and I tried all the tricks.
Well we all want our kids to have the nutrients in their veggies. So what do you do when you try everything and your kid refuses to eat them? I “hid” them in foods she liked. Did you know one slice of pumpkin pie has a full day’s vitamin A? Or how about chocolate zucchini bread? The only vegetable I didn’t need to disguise was the spinach in CiCi’s spinach alfredo pizza. We always called it “green pizza” and Becky ate it without question.
Numi recently sent me some of their teas to work into baked goods. I love that Numi is a fair trade company and their teas are organic. Numi teas are also so flavorful they don’t lose their flavor in baked goods.
Green tea is known for its health benefits and matcha tea is the healthiest of the green teas. Why? Because matcha tea is powdered tea leaves that you add to hot water so you get the whole leaf as opposed to just an extract.
I love tea but I’m not much of a green tea fan. The green tea sold in the US is bitter because the leaves are old. Here in Asia, high quality green tea is fresh and tastes more like spinach juice than tea. Asians love green tea so much that green tea flavored desserts are the rage here. Green tea desserts either really work or it bomb. I’ve tried green tea ice-cream (not impressed) and green tea KitKat bars (pretty decent).
I was shooting for something my daughter would eat. These green tea chocolate sugar cookies fit the bill. You can just taste the green tea but it blends with the other flavors in the cookie in a nice way.
One thing to bear in mind when working with matcha tea is that a little goes a looooong way. You only need a teaspoon of the powder to make a cup of tea. Numi’s Ceremonial Matcha tea is both savory and sweet. The sugar in the dough brings out the sweeter flavor of the tea so it works with the chocolate. Numi’s citrus matcha, with it’s orange/lemon flavoring, works even better.
Although Green Tea Chocolate sugar cookies require two doughs, they start with the same base. You just divide the dough in half before adding either cocoa powder or matcha tea.
I wanted to make Yin Yang cookies but the swirls didn’t quite work out. One batch came out swirled but my next batch looks like I just put two rolls of dough next to each other. I put directions for my attempt at swirling in the recipe. You can get creative. if you make four ropes of dough, you can alternate them in a checkerboard pattern. You can just roll the chocolate dough into a log and the green tea dough into a log. Set them next to each other and press together to get half and half cookies.
Now that Becky’s in college, she’s started eating vegetables. Even so, I’m sure she’d approve of these green tea chocolate sugar cookies. Any way you slice them, these cookies are a fun way to add some anti-oxidants to your (or your child’s) diet.
Looking for other green tea recipes?
Try these Matcha Chocolate Tarts from Sugar Hero
Matcha Genoise Cake from Blahnik Baker and the Cooking Actress.