Friday, September 1, 2017

Easy Matcha Green Tea Cookies Recipe and Teapot Review

Are you a tea drinker like me? Even if you're not, you're bound to appreciate the adorable little teapot that Minos Home Living sent to me last week. It's so pretty that I thought I'd write a whole post about it, and include a recipe for some awesome Matcha Green Tea Cookies, which go great with any kind of tea. 


First, here's my usual disclaimer: Minos sent me a free teapot in exchange for an honest post, but that does not influence my opinion. I wouldn't share this at all unless I thought it was worth sharing, so rest assured that I love this little teapot! Also, this post contains affiliate links to Amazon, which really doesn't mean much to you, but I have to put it in this disclaimer because that's the law, folks!

About My Minos Teapot

The first thing I noticed about my Minos teapot is how well-made it is. My old teapot is stained brown on the outside because I use it so much. The handle is also coming off. This one is a beauty! I tried out the 17oz stainless steel one, complete with built in tea strainer.

Photo from Minos on Amazon

Here's what I loved about it:

-stainless steel, so it's durable and keeps the water hot for a longer time
-small in size (17oz), it's perfect for a few cups of tea without having to wait for a huge kettle to boil
-built in tea strainer so you can put your tea bags right inside the pot
-interchangeable handles! This was my FAVORITE thing about the Minos teapot. It comes with three different colors of silicone handles that you can swap out, so you don't have to worry about using a potholder or towel to protect your fingers when you pour. Isn't that cool?


It's so hard to get a nice photo of the Minos teapot because it's hand-polished and super shiny, so my reflection showed up in every shot! Can you see me in the teapot? How unprofessional is that?


Here's a better photo from Amazon:



And the whole thing comes in a pretty little box, which would also make it a nice gift for someone who likes tea. Or someone who just likes pretty things in their kitchen, for that matter

You can get your own Minos 17oz teapot on Amazon here. You can also follow Minos on Instagram.


Of course I wasn't going to have tea without cookies, so I decided to make some awesome Matcha Green Tea Cookies to go with my new teapot. I found an incredible recipe from Ahu Eats, which I tweaked a little bit for my own good. If you want to see the original recipe from Ahu Eats, you can find that here.

Easy Matcha Green Tea Cookies 

Matcha (a finely ground powder made from green tea leaves) is known for its vibrant green color, but did you know it's also extremely healthy for you? Matcha is an energy booster, calorie burner, and a powerful antioxidant. The Japanese have been consuming it for over 1000 years. You can drink it in different forms of tea, but you can also use it in many other recipes, including cookies! Get the culinary grade matcha powder, and you're good to go! I received an awesome sample of matcha from Kiss Me Organics, so that is the one I used. You can buy their matcha powder through my Amazon affiliate link here.


Here's how to make these fabulous green beauties! You can also scroll below for a printable version of this recipe.


Easy Matcha Green Tea Cookies

Ingredients:

-1 stick butter, softened
-2 large eggs
-1 cup granulated sugar (you can use a little less, depending on taste)
-1 cup plus 2 Tbsp flour
-1 1/4 Tbsp culinary grade matcha powder (I used organic matcha from Kiss Me Organics)
-1 tsp baking powder
-pinch of salt

Directions:

1. Cream the butter and sugar.
2. Add eggs one at a time.

3. Sift together dry ingredients in a separate bowl. 
4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients a little at a time until the green color is smooth
5. Chill dough at least one hour (or over night). 
6. Preheat oven to 325 degrees 
7. Roll dough (or use cookie scoop) into small balls and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper (if you don't have parchment paper you might want to spray your sheet lightly with cooking spray, as my cookies did stick a little) 
8. Bake 12-15 minutes or until bottom of cookie is lightly browned 
9. Let cool on a baking rack. 

Sprinkle with powdered sugar if you prefer an even sweeter cookie!

*Note that you can add more or less matcha powder, depending on the flavor you want! I don't think these had an overwhelming matcha flavor as is.






See below for a printable version of this recipe!
Click on the icon in the upper right corner of the recipe to open it in a new window and print. Or click here for a pdf printable.





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