Tippy’s Sweet Matcha Butter Cookies

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My lovelies, we’ve discussed springtime picnics and afternoon teas, and I thought I should give a recipe that you can use for both, or even just for snacking on your own. Have you ever made green tea cookies? Kat and I have an recipe for a buttery, tender cookie that have pleasing sweetness and a powerful matcha punch.

These cookies are perfect for any gathering, or could be enjoyed on your own with your favorite cup of tea. Dunk them in your favorite green tea for a super delicious experience.

These cookies only require a few ingredients, and are super simple to make!

Tippy’s Sweet Matcha Butter Cookies

For the cookies:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 3/4 tsp culinary grade matcha

1 stick of unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar (confectioner’s sugar)

For the topping:

1/2 tsp matcha

1/4 cup granulated sugar

In a medium bowl sift together the flour, salt and matcha and give it a mix to make sure everything is well combined. Set aside. For the topping, in a small bowl mix together the 1/2 tsp matcha and granulated sugar.

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In an electric mixer cream the butter and powdered sugar until it’s light and fluffy. It will be much lighter than you started, a few minutes on medium/high.

Switch the mixer to low and slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until fully combined. Be careful not to have the mixer on a high setting or you’ll have a cloud of matcha flour in your face!

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When everything is combined, you’ll have a deep green dough. Remove this dough and shape into a log that’s about 10 inches long. Wrap in plastic and put in the fridge for 30 minutes. This step is important to make sure you have well-formed cookies!

While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. When the dough is ready, slice into cookies about 1/4 inch thick and spread them out on a lightly greased baking sheet (or you can line the cookie sheet with parchment paper if you have it).

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Bake cookies for about 15 minutes (may need a few more minutes depending on how thickly you sliced them) until they just start to get a bit brown and firm. While the cookies are still hot, spring with the sugar/matcha mixture. Transfer to a rack and allow to cool completely, if you can wait that long to taste them!

Enjoy with your favorite green tea! Kat likes to serve these cookies with Citrus Green Tea from Private Selection. This is a beautiful blend of light, vegetal green tea with a delicate orange flavor. The green tea of course blends well with the cookies, and the orange flavor breaks up the green tea sweetness and refreshes the palate. I just love this combination! Kat always has this tea available in the warmer months for a refreshing yet light iced tea. It’s perfect for picnics and BBQs.

I do hope you enjoy my special cookie recipe! Be sure to check back for more recipes coming soon!

A Taste of Autumn Teas

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Dearies, autumn is slowly approaching with crisp earthy breezes and crunchy fall leaves. It is Kat’s favorite time of year! She loves the vibrant colors of falling leaves, and looks forward to the season of apple picking and family gatherings. She enjoys warming up with teas that evoke images of a cuddly warm fire, and baking warm pumpkin pie. She looks for teas that have cranberry, orange, cinnamon, and ginger to enhance autumn flavors.

Her favorite teas of the season are those that are spicy, warming, and cozy. She loves to bake with spices such as nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon, and chooses teas that pair perfectly with this combination. She often will have friends over for a festive fall tea, and serve pumpkin bread along with this HEB Harmony Cranberry Blood Orange tea. A friend first served this tea after a long hike among the crimson leaves, and she couldn’t believe how it enhanced the fall experience. A warm sip of this tea after hiking in the chilly breeze was the perfect way to end the day. The tart cranberry and juicy hints of orange pair perfectly with just about any autumn-spiced snack. You’ll hear the leaves crackling under your feet after just one sip! You can even add a stick of cinnamon to this tea for a sweet and spicy treat.

Another tea she enjoys for more of an unexpected autumn delight is HEB My Cup of Balance Superberry Green tea. Kat picked this tea up a few weeks ago for the blueberry flavor, to pair with breakfast muffins. After tasting it, she was happily surprised by the zesty cranberry essence. Her breakfast-mates were impressed with the strong tangy flavor that holds up to the sweet blueberries. It has become her fall go-to green tea for the sweet and tart berry flavor. The blue and red colors mixed within the green leaves have a festive fall feel. She loves steeping this tea for friends because the cranberry aroma fills the kitchen. It smells just like late autumn family feasts.

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You can use any of these fall flavored teas at your next festive gathering, or even take it with you for a post-hike treat. Kat often has her trusty thermos filled with one of these teas to enjoy during a long autumn day filled with outdoor activities.

So cuddle up under a blanket, sip tea, and watch the leaves slowly dance in the wind! What are your favorite fall flavors? Do you pick teas to match them?

Baking With Matcha

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Kat loves matcha so much she’s finding endless ways of incorporating it into her day. Her latest obsession is baking with it. It’s fun to watch Kat mixing and rolling in the kitchen, filling the house with delicious aromas. I admit I started getting a little jealous when she was spending so much time in the kitchen without paying me much attention, but of course matcha desserts go perfectly with a warm cup of tea. I love how we can find new ways to spend time together!

Here are a few baking recipes Kat and her friends have been making lately.

If you enjoy rich chocolate brownies, wouldn’t brownies matcha be even better? Kat adores these brownies with a matcha glaze. The green tea flavor pairs perfectly with gooey, sweet chocolate.

If you love shortbread cookies as much as Kat does, you must try these green tea shortbread cookies! They are simple to make, and perfect for afternoon tea. They are a treat fit for company or just for a quiet moment all for you.

I remember when these matcha lemon meltaway cookies were a hit at her last tea party. They are the perfect texture, with a memorable tangy citrus and sweet green tea flavor. No crumbs were left behind on my saucer!

Finally, if you’re feeling tired but really wish you had a luscious piece of matcha cake all to yourself, you really can’t go wrong with this matcha green tea mug cake! You simply combine the ingredients and microwave for 1 minute. Just please be sure to use a microwave safe mug. A little bit of effort for a delightful result. Kat was surprised at how moist a microwaved cake could be!

Wouldn’t these scrumptious treats would be perfect for your dinner party, or a decadent snack at teatime? If you’ve baked with matcha lately, I’d love to hear about what you’ve made!