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Lily Pad Matcha Green Tea Cookies Recipe

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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

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.

Lily pad cookies next to a real pond

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.

Frog on lily pads in the pond
Matcha green tea sugar cookies recipe

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.

Plate of lily pad cookies and a frog cookie
Green tea cookies shaped like lily pads next to a pond

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.

Lily Pad Matcha Green Tea Cookies Recipe


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon Matcha powder


  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together.
  2. Add in egg and vanilla.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, Matcha powder, and salt.
  4. Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Shape the dough into desired shapes. If you choose to roll out the dough, do so on a lightly floured surface. We shaped our lily pads by hand.
  7. Bake cookies 9-10 minutes and let cool completely before serving.

Be sure to visit our other Matcha recipes, too!

Matcha Green Tea Cookies shaped to look like a frog and lily pads

Have you tried Matcha green tea cookies? Do you think you’d like them?

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