Like sweet red beans, green tea is a very popular flavor for Japanese sweets. It is used in cakes, ice cream, candies and chocolates because green tea goes well with milk products. A popular green tea drink in the US is green tea latte, which is steamed milk mixed with green tea powder and sugar. It is a staple in the menu at many coffee shops today. Green tea has a very refreshing green grass aroma, and you’ll get hooked as you get used to the flavor.
If you are a beginner for Japanese desserts and not so sure about jumping into sweet red bean paste concoctions, Green Tea Cookies might be the perfect place to start. Most people are familiar with western-style cookies, and this is certainly in the same family. It just has less butter and more flour (two different kinds, cake flour and cornstarch). Because of that, the texture of the cookies is more powdery, and the texture might be a little different from what you are used to. Also it’s not overly sweet. Nonetheless, it tastes good (and Japanese)!
You can eat as is, but you may want to add some decoration by dipping or striping chocolate on the cookies. We striped with strawberry flavored white chocolate which added extra flavor and color. Perfect sweets for your (green) tea time!
- 5 Tbsp butter (room temperature) (70g)
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar (60g)
- 1/4 cup sugar (40g)
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 Tbsp milk
- 3/4 cup cornstarch (100g)
- 3/4 cup plus 1Tbsp cake flour(100g)
- 4 tsp green tea powder
- white chocolate
- Sift cornstarch, cake flour, and green tea powder together. Set aside.
- Beat soft butter in a mixing bowl. Add powdered sugar and sugar and mix.
- Add yolks and milk and mix well. Add flour mixture and mix (don't over mix).
- Let the dough rest for 30-60 minutes in the refrigerator.
- Roll out dough to 1/4" thick and cut out with cookie cutter.
- Bake at 350F (175C) in preheated oven for 10-13 minutes.
- Cool completely on cookie rack, and decorate with chocolate if you want.