Our plan to make a Matcha green tea cookies recipe was almost a total failure. Lily pad cookies were a bit of a happy accident. Like many of our recipes lately, they were intended to be something completely different in the beginning. But, as our blog name suggests, we are all about turning a mess into magic. 😉
Lily Pad Matcha Green Tea Cookies Recipe
I have to take full responsibility for our cookie debacle. Shelley and I had like six recipes planned for the one day at my Gram's. That was way too many to begin with, so I was trying to be efficient and speed things up a bit. To be “helpful” I combined all the wet ingredients in one bowl and dry in another bowl. Duh. You don't do that with cookies. There's a science to baking, and creaming the butter with the sugar is done for a reason.
To add to that, we used a few old ingredients. I was raised to believe that expiration dates are merely a suggestion. After all of that, the dough was still easy to work with, we just didn't have a solid plan on how to shape them. The first few batches looked like rocks. By luck, Shelley shaped one into something resembling a lily pad. Since my Grandparents have an awesome pond with real lily pads and frogs, it was quite serendipitous.
As I mentioned in our Matcha ice cream recipe, not everyone loves the flavor. I thought the Matcha green tea cookies tasted super yummy, but possibly a tad too sweet. Shelley said they taste too green, my Gram thought they weren't sweet enough, and Mike said they taste like Christmas. Yes, a holiday as a flavor, that's so helpful. So, it comes down to a personal preference and to how much you like Matcha.
Another thing worth mentioning is that I failed to restock my Matcha powder while preparing for this day of baking. I normally buy this Matcha from Amazon for $25. Since we didn't have time to wait for shipping, we bought some from Whole Foods. The teeniest bag was $18. Big mistake.
Be sure to visit our other Matcha recipes, too!
Have you tried Matcha green tea cookies? Do you think you'd like them?
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