Green earth mint matcha cookies
No food dye here – go green with these naturally colored and flavored mint matcha and chocolate treats.
Making these super cool mint matcha and chocolate cookies brought back some fond memories of rolling play dough as a kid. This recipe yields a perfectly soft and pliable dough, and with the two bold colors you can convince yourself you’re back in pre-k having fun, rather than ‘working’ in the kitchen. And when you’re done playing, you have hot, fresh, delicious, (all-natural) cookies to serve to the real kids in the family! And did I mention these smell AMAZING?
*Please note that matcha does contain a moderate amount of caffeine. If you’re the kind who goes all shaky from a cup of coffee, these should not be part of your bedtime snack.
- 3/4 cup Earth Balance or butter
- 1 3/4 cup sugar
- 4 ounces Tofutti or dairy cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 3 cups flour, divided
- 2 packets matcha green tea powder, 1.5 grams each
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Beat butter, sugar, cream cheese, baking powder, salt, peppermint and vanilla until smooth and creamy.
Add egg, and beat until incorporated. Add 2 1/2 cups flour, and beat until smooth and fully mixed. Scrape down sides of bowl, if needed.
Divide dough in half, transferring half the dough into a small bowl. Add remaining ½ cup flour and matcha powder to the dough and mix until evenly colored.
To remaining half of dough, add 2/3 cup cocoa powder and mix until fully incorporated.
Using a measuring teaspoon, scoop out tiny balls of each color dough onto parchment paper until all dough is used up.
Use 2 matcha and 2 chocolate dough balls to create each cookie (4 teaspoons dough total). Simply press them together, or for a more swirled look, break the balls into even smaller pieces before combining.
Press down slightly on each cookie to flatten. Bake for 15-17 minutes.
Allow to rest on baking sheet for 5-10 minutes, and then transfer to wire rack to cool.