These Matcha Christmas Tree Cookies are made with almond and oat flour, sweetened with maple syrup and flavoured with deliciously earthy matcha powder. As a healthier version of conventional Christmas cookies they’re vegan and gluten free and are sure to please all matcha lovers this holiday season!
The dough for these cookies is quite simple, only 8 ingredients and 1 bowl is needed. Since it’s made with mostly almond flour it’s a very delicate dough which needs to be handled with a bit of care. When baked they have a soft, almost flakey texture that melts away with each bite.
I like to roll the dough between to pieces of parchment paper, as it is quite sticky. Transferring the cookies to the baking sheet needs to be done gently. I find that a small offset spatula is the best tool to get the cookies on the baking sheet without any breakage.
They only need to bake for 5 minutes and when cooled decorate them as you like. Cookie decorating is definitely not something I’m terribly good at so I stuck to a minimal design that anyone can pull off. You can also try lightly dusting them with icing sugar or putting white or dark chocolate chips on top.
Tips For Making Matcha Cookies
- Use a high quality matcha powder. It should be vibrant green and made in Japan.
- Roll the dough between two pieces of parchment paper.
- Roll it out to no thinner than 1/4 inch or the cookies tend to break apart.
- Use a small offset spatula when transferring the cookies to the baking sheet. It helps so that they don’t break apart while transferring.
- If the cookies stick to the cookie cutter or spatula put a little bit of oil on them.
- Bake for only 5 minutes. Any longer and they will start to brown on the edges.
Why You Will Love These Matcha Cookies
✓ Soft, flakey and light texture
✓ Not too sweet
✓ A healthier option to traditional Christmas cookies
✓ Naturally colored and flavored
✓ A delicious vegan gluten free cookie for the holidays (no one will even be able to tell!)
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I hope that you get to enjoy these Matcha Christmas Tree Cookies and have a joyful holiday season! Thank you for stopping by and happy eating always!
Matcha Christmas Tree Cookies
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup oat flour
- 2 teaspoons good quality matcha powder, sifted
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup icing sugar
- 2-4 teaspoons almond milk
- Sprinkles or any cookie decorations you like
- Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium sized bowl add the almond flour, oat flour, baking soda, sea salt and sift in the matcha. Stir until there are no clumps.
- Add the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla to the dry mixture and stir until combined. The dough will feel quite sticky and moist.
- Form the dough into a large ball and roll it out between two pieces of parchment paper until it is 1/4 inch thick. Cut out the cookies and using a small offset spatuala carefully transfer the cookies on to the baking tray. If the cookies stick to the cutter or spatula you can put a bit of oil on them. Handle the cookies with care as they are quite delicate.
- Form the leftover dough into a ball and repeat the process until you have used up all of the dough.
- Bake for 5 minutes. Let them cool for a few minutes on the pan before transfering to a cooling rack.
- Once the cookies have completely cooled start on the icing. Place the icing sugar into a small bowl and add the almond milk by teaspoon, stirring to combine. The icing should be quite stiff, but still able to pipe.
- If you don't have a piping bag, place the icing into a ziplock bag and push it to the bottom corner of the bag. Cut a very small piece off the tip. Ice the cookies in a zig zag motion (or however you like). The icing will set in about 10 minutes.
- These cookies are best eaten fresh the same day, but can be stored sealed in the fridge for up to 3 days. (Matcha powder oxidizes quite quickly so the cookies will become darker in colour the longer they're stored.) Enjoy!