Matcha Cookies

These chocolate dipped matcha cookies are an easy shortbread cookies recipe! I love drinking matcha green tea so making them into chocolate dipped shortbread cookies are a must!

Heart Shaped Matcha Cookies Dipped in Chocolate on White Parchment Paper from thelittlekitchen.net

This post is sponsored by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas.

I have an obsession with shortbread cookies. They are buttery and flakey and with a little bit of Nielsen-Massey’s amazing Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract, they are the perfect cookie to me! I have made funfetti shortbread cookies and cranberry white chocolate shortbreads too! These cookies would go perfect with a cup of hot matcha green tea or even a cup of coconut almond milk tea with boba.

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With “Better Your Bake” tips, you can uplevel your baking skills utilizing their step by step videos, pro tips and recipes! I decided to focus on their tips for how to roll cookie dough and how to temper chocolate, but they also have other videos that you need to check out!

How to make cookie dough

Most cookie dough recipes are pretty similar. I usually start by mixing all of the dry ingredients together. You want to make sure you measure flour correctly and not pack it into the measuring cup.

Then, in a separate mixing bowl, add butter and sugar(s) and use a stand mixer or an electric mixer to cream them together. Next, add pure vanilla extract (such as Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract) and any other liquid ingredients. Once they are well blended, I usually add the flour mixture in batches into the wet ingredients with an electric mixer or a rubber spatula.

Matcha Cookies Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons matcha green tea powder
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate

How to Make Chocolate Dipped Matcha Cookies

Flour and salt mixed together in glass bowl for Matcha Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

First, mix the flour and salt together.

Matcha powder added to flour and salt in glass bowl for Matcha Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

Then, add the matcha green tea powder.

Matcha powder, flour, and salt mixed together in glass bowl for Matcha Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

And mix it thoroughly.

Brown sugar and butter in metal bowl for Matcha Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

In another bowl, add the butter and brown sugar.

Brown sugar and butter creamed in metal bowl for Matcha Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

I use an electric hand mixer to cream the butter and sugar together.

Hand holding bottle of vanilla extract with mixing bowl in background for Matcha Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

Then, add 2 teaspoons of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract.

Pouring teaspoon of vanilla extract into Matcha Cookie batter from thelittlekitchen.net

It’s my favorite vanilla extract! I love the sweet and creamy flavor!

Mixing vanilla extract into Matcha Cookie batter from thelittlekitchen.net

After you add the vanilla extract, you’ll want to mix it again until it’s thoroughly combined.

Adding dry mixture to wet mixture in metal mixing bowl for Matcha Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

Next add the flour mixture in batches, I usually do two or three batches.

Using pink rubber spatula to mix Matcha Cookie batter in metal bowl from thelittlekitchen.net

Mix to combine with a rubber spatula.

Batter for Matcha Cookies in metal mixing bowl with pink rubber spatula from thelittlekitchen.net

This is how the cookie dough looks after all of the flour is mixed in.

 

Matcha Cookie batter in metal mixing bowl with pink rubber spatula from thelittlekitchen.net

Split the dough in half. Cover and refrigerate for 10 minutes.

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How to Roll Cookie Dough

I love rolling cookie dough and even pie dough in between two pieces of parchment paper. It way less mess and you don’t use tons of extra flour which could make your cookies not taste as good as they should!

You can find Nielsen-Massey’s video on how to roll cookie dough on BetterYourBake.com!

Matcha Cookie dough being rolled out under parchment paper with colorful rolling pin from thelittlekitchen.net

Roll the dough out to about 1/4 to 1/3-inch thickness. Then, place the dough (with the parchment paper) in the refrigerator for another 20 minutes.

Matcha Cookie dough with heart-shaped cookie cutter impressions with bottle of vanilla, spatula, cookie cutter, and rolling pins in background from thelittlekitchen.net

Remove dough from fridge and peel off top layer of parchment paper. Dip your cookie cutter(s) into flour and cut out shapes. The dough is cold so work quickly. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and put in the oven.

Matcha Cookie dough cut to spell #betteryourbake with bottle of vanilla, cookie cutters, and bowl of flour in background from thelittlekitchen.net

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How to Temper Chocolate

Tempering chocolate is a delicate process that’s done by heating and cooling chocolate to a precise temperature. It results in an elegant sheen coating that will elevate your desserts! Be sure to check out Nielsen-Massey’s video on how to temper chocolate at BetterYourBake.com!

Glass bowl filled with roughly chopped chocolate pieces from thelittlekitchen.net

I cut up the chocolate and put it in a heat-safe bowl. Take about a quarter of chocolate and put into the refrigerator.

Roughly chopped chocolate pieces in a glass bowl set over simmering water in a saucepan from thelittlekitchen.net

Fill a pot with about 1-2 inches of water and place on the stove. Put the bowl containing chocolate over the pot and bring water to a simmer over medium heat.

Chocolate pieces melting in a glass bowl set over a pot of bowling water from thelittlekitchen.net

Let the chocolate melt about two thirds of the way and gently stir. Use a candy thermometer to check the temperature and remove the melted chocolate from the pot once it reaches 115 degrees F.

Stirring melted chocolate in a glass bowl with a green spatula from thelittlekitchen.net

Remove the bowl from the pot and add the reserved chocolate from the refrigerator to the melted chocolate. Mix continuously until all the pieces have melted and the chocolate has lowered to 79 degrees F.

Place the bowl back on the pot or in the microwave and heat in short bursts until the chocolate reaches 89 degrees F.

Hand dipping heart-shaped Matcha Cookies into glass bowl of melted chocolate from thelittlekitchen.net

Dip the matcha cookies into the chocolate and place on a parchment paper lined cooling rack.

Chocolate Dipped Heart Shaped Matcha Cookies on parchment paper and cooling rack with kitchen towel, pink cup of tea, and cookie on plate in the background from thelittlekitchen.net

I love the glossy finish the chocolate has when you temper the chocolate. I have to say this was my first time actually taking the time to temper the chocolate and I can’t wait to do this with other recipes!

These matcha cookies are perfect on their own or dipped in your favorite cup of tea but something about the specialness of tempering chocolate and dipping these cookies in them so they are chocolate dipped shortbread cookies, it takes them to whole other level! I can’t wait to share these cookies with my friends!

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Recipe

Yield: Makes 30 to 45 cookies (depends on size)

Matcha Cookies Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons matcha green tea powder
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 16 to 24 ounces bittersweet chocolate

Directions:

  1. Add flour, salt and matcha green tea powder to a medium sized mixing bowl. Mix together with a rubber spatula and set aside.
  2. Add butter and brown sugar to a large mixing bowl. Cream butter and sugar together with an electric hand mixer, until fluffy. Add Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract and mix again, until thoroughly combined.
  3. In three batches, add the flour mixture to the creamed butter and sugar mixture, mixing just to combine with a rubber spatula.
  4. Split the cookie dough in half and cover with plastic wrap in the bowl. Refrigerate for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Place one piece of cookie dough between two pieces of parchment paper and roll to 1/4-inch thickness with a rolling pin. Place the rolled out cookie dough with the parchment paper into the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes. Repeat with the other half of the cookie dough.
  6. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. Add some flour to a small bowl and dip your cookie cutter into the flour. Remove the top piece of parchment paper and cut out shapes with your cookie cutters. Place the cut-outs onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  8. Bake the cookies for 9 to 10 minutes, watching carefully because the baking time will depend on the thickness of your cookies.
  9. When the cookies are done, place the parchment paper with the cookies on a cooling rack. Allow the cookies to fully cool before dipping them in chocolate.
  10. Temper the chocolate using the instructions from this “Better Your Bake” video.
  11. Dip each cookie into the chocolate. Serve and enjoy!

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Heart Shaped Chocolate Dipped Matcha Cookies on cooling rack next to kitchen towel and bottle of vanilla extract from thelittlekitchen.net

Heart Shaped Chocolate Dipped Matcha Cookies on white parchment paper, next to kitchen towel, cup of tea, and white plate from thelittlekitchen.net

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