Almond & Matcha Green Tea Cookies

by Kiran on March 14, 2014 · 20 comments

in Baking, Cookies

I‘m about to reveal something very dark. Something that I’ve find so difficult to admit — I’m a self-professed food prop hoarder.

There… It feels so good to come clean.

Almond & Matcha Green Tea Cookies |

If you are at my home right now, I’d be embarrassed. There’s stuff strewn all over the place!! We are in the midst of redecorating and reorganizing on a budget.

And when I say “reorganizing”, that simply means everything that was once tucked away into dark corners, are dug out. There’s so much and I’m pretty overwhelmed.

Almond & Matcha Green Tea Cookies |

After collecting props and antique kitchenware for a few years now, it seems I’ve been collecting way more than I thought. And now, space is a huge problem.

Of course, not to mention other crap that we are holding onto which clearly has to be donated or recycled. Take empty carton or boxes for example. It’s pilling on in the garage!! Why oh why does it have to pile for so long?!?

I guess spring cleaning is in the air and its time to let go.

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FYI — we are not mega hoarders like the ones on TV. Just a lot sober in comparison 😉

So, what do you do when you are overwhelmed? Bake cookies, naturally.

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Makes 25 cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tbsp pure matcha green tea powder
  • 1/3 cup whole almonds, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with paddle, add butter, sugar and light brown sugar. Cream on medium speed, until fluffy for about 1 minute. With the mixer on low, gently stream in vanilla extract and egg.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift the rest of dry ingredients (flours, salt and baking soda). With the mixer on low, add sifted ingredients and chopped almonds. Stir until just combined. Do not over-mix cookie dough.
  4. Remove dough bowl. Scoop cookie dough with a small ice cream scoop onto baking sheets, leaving enough room between scoops. Using a fork, gently press down onto cookie dough to form a disk. Imprint horizontally and vertically.
  5. Bake cookies for 12 minutes. Remove cookies from oven to allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, before cooling it off completely on cooling racks.
  6. Enjoy these cookies with your friends, over a cup of milk, tea or coffee :)


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On the good front: I’m working on a few food photography series/posts for the blog. Since there’s countless requests to feature this series, wish me luck. I find it tough to pen down my thoughts on the overall process. But I’ll try my very best to publish it as soon as spring cleaning around here, completes.

I’m keen to share and learn from you in the process 🙂

Help me decide on the topics I should cover on food photography in the comment section.


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1 Rosa March 14, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Delicious with a good cup of tea!

Have a wonderful weekend.




2 Avada Kedavra March 14, 2014 at 2:57 PM

The cookies look very yummy. Waiting for the food photography series.
I would love to know what your setup is for taking such photos. I mean, the lighting and other stuff.
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3 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You March 14, 2014 at 3:03 PM

I have never tried matcha…I would love to eat these cookies as they look delicious and I am quite curious about its flavor.
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4 Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 14, 2014 at 4:27 PM

You have the best props! I have serious envy over that white board – where did you find it? Sources for props would make a great post in your series ;). As for the cookies, yum!
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5 Lizzy (Good Things) March 15, 2014 at 4:27 PM

A lovely recipe and beautiful post, Kiran… hope you use some of your props in your kitchen too! : )
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6 Choc Chip Uru March 15, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Mmm, I would love some green tea with these cookies, double the matcha is awesome 😀

Choc Chip Uru
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7 Angie@Angie's Recipes March 16, 2014 at 12:03 AM

Love matcha! These cookies look wonderfully delicious, Kiran.
Happy Sunday!
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8 Kelly March 16, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Oh my gosh Kiran, these cookies look fantastic! I love matcha and almond so combining the two is genius! Would love a few of these with tea – they sound amazing! Pinning 🙂


9 Daniela March 16, 2014 at 9:40 PM

This was such a fun post to read. I’m afraid that soon I will have to de clutter as well, spring is definitely in the air.
Your green tea cookies are a great and delicious motivation to move on, Kiran 🙂
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10 Gemma @andgeesaid March 17, 2014 at 6:28 AM

These look amazing! Beautiful photos, as per usual!
I wish I had an overload of food props – send some my way if you need to get rid of them! 😉

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11 rika@vm March 17, 2014 at 2:07 PM

I would love to collect a lot of props and antique kitchenware like you – I have plenty of space, so come on over! 🙂 I like the engravings on these cookies, they look so beautiful, I wish I can devour them with a nice cup of tea!


12 Shashi @ March 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM

I will come and help you spring clean Kiran – and all I want in return is a batch of these matcha green tea cookies! deal? 🙂
So looking forward to your photography posts – your pictures are AHMAZING so cannot wait to read yout tips!
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13 easyfoodsmith March 18, 2014 at 2:42 AM

Ever since I started blogging I too have become a hoarder of props. My daughter’s major grouse is that I do not use them all and end up wasting money! I too have a confession Kiran…I have silently envied your props 😛
Cookies look great and love the styling and clicks.
And all the best for the food photography series…looking forward to it 🙂
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14 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ March 18, 2014 at 6:58 AM

Oh good news here! I would be more than happy to read your food photography tips. More than happy, really. I’m smiling already. I want to learn!!!! I guess all these props will be mentioned at some point in your photography tips. Keep them safe (or sell some to me ehehe).
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15 Kitchen Belleicious March 18, 2014 at 9:20 AM

i just told someone the other day that I love to use green tea/powder in my baking and they looked at me like I was crazy! LOL! I am not! You are not! and these are delicious
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16 Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence March 21, 2014 at 6:07 PM

These look so pretty Kiran. I love the pale jade color.
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17 Carolyn Chan April 17, 2014 at 1:58 AM

haha I hear you on baking cookies when you’re overwhelmed ! What better than to go back to the thing you were avoiding, but now the house smells of baked cookies – yum. My hubby and I (read: me) need to spring clean our place – we just renewed our lease for another 2 years which makes this place the longest I’ve ever stayed in, after 7 years already, and I think the place needs a big spring clean. Looking forward to the end result, just not the getting there !
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