The Magic of Matcha Cookies
There is something about Christmas that gives us a warm, glowing feeling inside, bringing with it a sense of magic and excitement. The festive atmosphere consumes us with lights, decorations, stockings, Christmas trees and of course the delicious treats that come with it.
Treats impossible to resist (except perhaps for the extremely disciplined) when beautifully displayed on the Christmas table. As delicious as they may be, unfortunately they are not the healthiest… but then what treats are?
At Abibu, we have found a healthy, but just as mouth-watering cookie recipe to add to your Christmas menu, tempt your taste buds and satisfy your sweet cravings – Matcha Cookies.
Matcha is Japanese, “ma” means powder and “cha” means tea. Matcha powder, a Japanese, green tea powder is the key ingredient in these scrumptious cookies and has a high concentration of antioxidants that help support and promote healthy skin by reducing inflammation and the free radicals that speed up the ageing process.
Matcha Christmas Cookie Recipe
170 grams unsalted butter, room temperature
340 grams sugar
2 egg yolks
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
170 grams sour cream
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp. green tea powder Matcha
680 grams flour
cookie cutter, any shape you like
- Preheat oven to 160°C
- Cream butter and sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Mix in the egg yolks and the vanilla until they are all smoothly combined.
- Sift the baking powder, salt, Matcha powder and flour into a separate bowl.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix until a smooth dough is created. Cover and refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.
- Roll out the dough to approximately 8mm thickness on lightly floured surface then cut out dough using a shaped cookie cutter.
- Arrange on a baking sheet 5 cm apart and bake for 10-15 minutes until the edges start to brown.
- Place the cookies on cooling rack.
- Dust with icing sugar and decorate as you like, but only after the cookies have cooled completely.
Whilst Christmas is a time for fun, family and delicious food, the heavy eating, alcohol and late nights can wreak havoc on your skin. Make sure you keep your skin hydrated, remember to drink plenty of water, always remove your make-up before bed, opt for the healthy alternatives on the menu, but most of all have a Happy Happy Christmas.