Indulge your senses in the delightful world of matcha with these exquisite Matcha Wreath Cookies. This enchanting recipe combines the earthy notes of premium matcha powder with the rich sweetness of butter and sugar, resulting in a vibrant green dough that promises both visual allure and a distinctively nuanced flavor. Shaped into whimsical wreaths, these cookies not only captivate the eye but also make for an elegant addition to any occasion. The addition of finely chopped nuts lends a delightful crunch, while a finishing touch of powdered sugar or a simple glaze completes these treats with a hint of sweetness. Perfect for festive gatherings or a moment of personal indulgence, these Matcha Wreath Cookies are a celebration of both flavor and aesthetics, inviting you to savor the unique charm of matcha in each delightful bite.

WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS RECIPES?

  1. Distinctive Matcha Flavor: This recipe celebrates the unique and earthy flavor of matcha, a high-quality powdered green tea, adding a sophisticated and slightly bitter note to the cookies that sets them apart from traditional recipes.
  2. Visual Appeal: The vibrant green hue of the matcha-infused dough and the wreath shape make these cookies visually stunning. They are not just a treat for the taste buds but also an elegant addition to any dessert spread, perfect for special occasions and celebrations.
  3. Textural Harmony: The inclusion of finely chopped nuts, such as almonds or pistachios, introduces a delightful crunch to the cookies. This textural element complements the melt-in-your-mouth quality of the cookie, creating a well-balanced and satisfying treat.
  4. Versatility: Whether you’re hosting a festive gathering or simply craving a moment of indulgence, these Matcha Wreath Cookies are versatile enough to suit various occasions. Their unique flavor and eye-catching appearance make them a standout choice for holiday festivities or as an elegant accompaniment to tea.
  5. Simple Elegance: Topped with a dusting of powdered sugar or a modest glaze, these cookies exhibit a simple yet refined elegance. The finishing touch adds a hint of sweetness, enhancing the overall taste without overshadowing the distinct matcha flavor.
  6. Culinary Adventure: For those who appreciate culinary exploration, this recipe offers a delightful journey into the world of matcha. It allows you to savor and appreciate the nuanced flavors of this beloved green tea in a different and delicious form.
  7. Homemade Charm: Baking these Matcha Wreath Cookies at home provides the satisfaction of creating a unique and delectable treat from scratch. The process of crafting these cookies becomes a rewarding culinary experience, and the homemade touch adds an extra layer of warmth to the enjoyment.

INGREDIENTS AND SUBSTITUTES

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  • Eggs  – Eggs provide structure, moisture, and richness to the cookie dough. Not recommend for any substitution.
  • Whipping Cream (30-40% fat)  – Whipping cream adds moisture, richness, and a tender texture to the cookies. Whole milk or half-and-half can be substituted for whipping cream, though the richness may be slightly reduced.
  • Dried Cranberries  – Dried cranberries add a sweet and tart flavor, as well as chewiness. You can substitute raisins, currants, or chopped dried cherries for a similar texture and flavor.
  • Pistachios, Unsalted  – Pistachios contribute a nutty flavor and crunchy texture to the cookies. Substitute with other nuts like almonds, cashews, or walnuts, depending on your preference.
  • Unsalted Butter, Cubed  – Butter adds richness and flavor to the cookies and helps create a tender texture. Margarine or a plant-based butter substitute can be used, but it may slightly affect the flavor and texture.
  • Icing Sugar, Plus Extra to Dust  – Icing sugar, also known as powdered sugar, sweetens the cookies and contributes to a soft texture. You can use granulated sugar, but the texture may be different. Blend granulated sugar in a food processor to make a finer powder if needed.
  • Salt  – Salt enhances the overall flavor and balances the sweetness. You can omit the salt if necessary, but a small pinch is recommended for flavor balance.
  • Matcha Powder  – Matcha powder provides a unique, earthy, and slightly bitter green tea flavor as well as the characteristic green color. Green tea powder or a matcha blend can be used as a substitute, though the flavor may differ slightly.
  • Milk Powder  – Milk powder adds a creamy and milky flavor to the cookies. You can use non-dairy milk powder or skip it if necessary, but it contributes to the overall flavor.
  • Cake Flour  – Cake flour yields a tender and delicate texture to the cookies. All-purpose flour can be used, but the texture may be slightly different. For a DIY cake flour substitute, remove 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour from each cup and replace it with cornstarch.
  • White Chocolate Chips  – White chocolate chips add sweetness and creamy pockets of flavor to the cookies. Substitute with regular chocolate chips or chunks, or even with chopped white chocolate if chips are not available.

Remember, while substitutes can be used, they may alter the taste, texture, and overall outcome of the muffins. It’s always a good idea to experiment and adjust the recipe according to your personal preferences and dietary restrictions.

RECIPES TIPS

  • Quality Matcha Powder: Use high-quality matcha powder for an authentic and vibrant flavor. The quality of matcha greatly influences the taste of the cookies.
  • Measuring Ingredients: Use precise measurements, especially for ingredients like matcha powder and flour, to maintain the proper balance of flavors and textures.
  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure that ingredients like eggs and butter are at room temperature. This helps in achieving a smoother and more uniform cookie dough.
  • Creaming Butter and Sugar: Cream the butter and sugar thoroughly until light and fluffy. This step is crucial for creating a tender and delicate texture in the cookies.
  • Incorporate Matcha Powder Well: Sift or whisk the matcha powder into the dry ingredients to prevent lumps and ensure an even distribution of flavor throughout the dough.
  • Chopping Nuts and Cranberries: Chop the pistachios and dried cranberries finely and uniformly to distribute them evenly in the cookie dough, providing a consistent texture in each bite.
  • Handling the Dough: Handle the cookie dough gently. Overmixing or overworking the dough can lead to tough cookies. Mix until just combined for a tender texture.
  • Chilling the Dough: Chill the cookie dough for the recommended time. This not only helps with easy shaping but also enhances the flavor and texture of the cookies.
  • Shaping Wreaths: When shaping the wreaths, use a consistent amount of dough for each, so they bake uniformly.
  • Baking Temperature and Time: Preheat your oven and bake the cookies at the specified temperature. Watch them closely as they bake to avoid overcooking. The wreaths should be golden around the edges.
  • Cooling Before Glazing or Dusting: Allow the cookies to cool completely before adding any glaze or dusting with powdered sugar. This prevents the glaze from melting or the sugar from dissolving.
  • Experiment with Glazes: If adding a glaze, consider experimenting with flavors. A lemon or vanilla glaze can complement the matcha flavor, enhancing the overall taste.
  • Storage: Store the cookies in an airtight container to preserve their freshness. Adding a slice of bread to the container can help prevent the cookies from becoming too dry.
  • Serve with Tea or Coffee: These matcha wreath cookies pair wonderfully with green tea or coffee. Consider serving them as a delightful accompaniment to your favorite hot beverage.

Enjoy the baking process, and feel free to get creative with shapes and decorations to make these Matcha Wreath Cookies uniquely yours!

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

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  1. Measure and prepare all ingredients. Ensure that the eggs and butter are at room temperature for optimal mixing.
  2. Preheat your oven to the temperature specified in your recipe (usually around 350°F or 180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Finely chop the unsalted pistachios and dried cranberries. Set them aside to be added to the cookie dough later.
  4. In a mixing bowl, cream together the cubed unsalted butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy. This may take a few minutes.
  5. Add the eggs to the creamed butter and sugar mixture one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then, pour in the whipping cream and continue to mix until combined.
  6. In a separate bowl, sift together the cake flour, matcha powder, salt, and milk powder. Gradually add these dry ingredients to the wet mixture, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  7. Step 8: Chill the Dough
  8. Wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or as recommended in your recipe. Chilling helps the dough firm up, making it easier to handle and shaping the wreaths.
  9. After chilling, take portions of the dough and shape them into wreaths. Place them on the prepared baking sheet, leaving enough space between each.
  10. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for the recommended time, or until the edges are golden. Keep a close eye on them to prevent over-baking.
  11. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. Once the cookies are completely cooled, dip a small corner of the wreath with white chocolate and decorate with the chopped nuts and cranberries, dust them with powdered sugar for a finishing touch. You can use a fine-mesh sieve for an even sprinkle.
  13. Your Matcha Wreath Cookies are now ready to be enjoyed! Serve them with your favorite hot beverage and savor the unique flavors.

VARIATIONS

While this matcha wreath cookies recipe is a classic, you can easily switch things up with different flavors or add-ins. Consider the following ideas:

  • Modify Nut Mix: Instead of using only pistachios, create a mix of finely chopped almonds and pistachios for added nuttiness.
  • Add Shredded Coconut: Fold in the shredded coconut along with the dried cranberries and white chocolate chips. The coconut will add a sweet and chewy element.
  • Include Dark Chocolate Chips: Incorporate dark chocolate chips into the cookie dough to complement the matcha flavor with rich chocolatey notes.
  • Adjust Sweetness: Consider reducing the amount of icing sugar slightly, as the sweetened coconut and dark chocolate chips contribute sweetness to the cookies.
  • Shape into Wreaths:Follow the same steps for shaping the wreaths and baking as per the original recipe.
  • Optional Drizzle: After the cookies have cooled, you can optionally drizzle melted dark chocolate over the top for an extra layer of indulgence.
  • This variation adds a delightful almond joy twist to the Matcha Wreath Cookies, combining the earthiness of matcha with the sweetness of coconut and the richness of dark chocolate. Feel free to adjust ingredient quantities to suit your taste preferences, and enjoy this unique flavor combination!

WHAT ELSE TO SERVE WITH ?

When serving Matcha Wreath Cookies, consider complementary items that enhance the overall experience. Here are some delightful options:

  1. Green Tea or Matcha Latte: Pairing these cookies with a cup of green tea or a creamy matcha latte creates a harmonious flavor combination. The earthy notes of the matcha in both the cookies and the tea will complement each other.
  2. Fresh Fruit Platter: Serve a platter of fresh fruits such as strawberries, kiwi, or mango. The fruity and refreshing elements will balance the sweetness of the cookies.
  3. Vanilla Ice Cream: Create a simple and elegant dessert by serving the Matcha Wreath Cookies with a scoop of high-quality vanilla ice cream. The creamy texture of the ice cream contrasts well with the cookies.
  4. Lemon Sorbet: For a zesty and palate-cleansing option, pair the cookies with a scoop of lemon sorbet. The citrusy notes will add a refreshing touch.
  5. Cheese Platter: Create a cheese platter with a variety of cheeses, such as creamy brie, sharp cheddar, or a mild goat cheese. The cheese’s richness can complement the nuttiness and sweetness of the cookies.
  6. Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries: Elevate the dessert table by including dark chocolate-dipped strawberries. The combination of dark chocolate, strawberries, and matcha can be a sophisticated and indulgent treat.
  7. Assorted Tea Selection: Offer an assortment of teas, including herbal teas or floral blends, to provide guests with choices that complement the unique flavors of the matcha cookies.
  8. Mochi: Include traditional Japanese mochi for a cultural touch. Mochi’s chewy texture and subtle sweetness can be a delightful contrast to the cookies.
  9. Whipped Cream and Berries: Serve a bowl of freshly whipped cream alongside a selection of berries, such as raspberries and blueberries. Guests can create their own mini desserts by combining the cookies, whipped cream, and berries.
  10. Coffee or Cappuccino: If you prefer coffee, serve a rich cup of coffee or a foamy cappuccino. The coffee’s depth and bitterness can complement the sweetness of the cookies.

These pairings offer a variety of flavors and textures, ensuring that there’s something for everyone to enjoy alongside the Matcha Wreath Cookies.

Feel free to get creative and adapt these ideas to suit your preferences. Cinnamon sugar muffins can be a versatile ingredient that adds warmth and sweetness to a variety of recipes. Enjoy exploring different ways to use them!

MADE AHEAD INSTRUCTIONS

To prepare Matcha Wreath Cookies in advance and store them for later enjoyment, follow these simplified steps:

Preparation:

  1. Prepare the Dough: Follow the recipe to make the cookie dough.
  2. Shape the Wreaths: Shape the dough into wreaths following the recipe instructions.
  3. Flash Freeze (Optional): If storing for an extended period, flash freeze the shaped wreaths on a baking sheet for 1-2 hours. Transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bag once frozen.

Storing Options:

  • Short-Term Storage (Up to 1 Week): Refrigerate: Place shaped wreaths on a tray, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
  • Long-Term Storage (1-3 Months): Freezer: Individually wrap each wreath in plastic wrap, place in an airtight container or freezer bag, and label with the date.

Baking:

  1. Preheat the Oven: When ready to bake, preheat the oven as per the recipe.
  2. Bake from Refrigerated Dough: Remove dough from the refrigerator, let it sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes, then bake according to the original recipe.
  3. Bake from Frozen Dough: Preheat the oven, place frozen wreaths on a baking sheet, let them thaw for 15-20 minutes, then bake, adding extra time as needed.

Tips:

  • Storage Containers: Use airtight containers to prevent odors from affecting the cookies.
  • Labeling: Label containers or bags with the date for freshness tracking.
  • Baking Freshness: For optimal freshness, bake the cookies within the first month of freezing.

Enjoy the convenience of having homemade Matcha Wreath Cookies ready whenever you desire a delightful treat!

STORAGE & REHEATING

Storage:

  • Room Temperature (3-5 Days): Store fully cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. Seal tightly for freshness.
  • Refrigerator (Up to 1 Week): Extend shelf life by refrigerating cookies in an airtight container with parchment paper between layers. Good for up to a week.
  • Freezer (2-3 Months): Freeze cookies on a baking sheet, then transfer to a zip-top bag or airtight container once solid. Label with the date. Can be stored for 2-3 months.

Reheating:

  • Room Temperature Cookies: If at room temperature, no reheating is usually necessary. Enjoy as is!
  • Refrigerated Cookies: Allow refrigerated cookies to reach room temperature (15-20 minutes) before serving to restore texture and flavor.
  • Frozen Cookies (Oven Method): Preheat the oven to a low temperature (around 300°F or 150°C). Warm frozen cookies on a baking sheet for 5-8 minutes or until desired temperature. Monitor closely to avoid over-baking.
  • Microwave (Optional): Microwaving is an option, but it may soften the cookies. Warm in 10-15 second intervals until desired temperature.

Tips:

  • Avoid Moisture: Keep cookies dry by using airtight containers or sealable bags.
  • Thaw Gradually: For frozen cookies, allow them to thaw briefly at room temperature before using the oven to ensure even reheating.
  • Reheat in Batches: If reheating a large batch, do so in smaller batches for consistent results.

Enjoy the delightful flavor and texture of Matcha Wreath Cookies with these straightforward storage and reheating instructions!

RECIPES FAQS

Can I use a different type of nut in the recipe?

Yes, you can customize the nut choice to your preference. Almonds, walnuts, or cashews can be excellent alternatives to pistachios in the Matcha Wreath Cookies.

Can I make the dough in advance and freeze it for later use?

Absolutely! Prepare the cookie dough as per the recipe, shape it into wreaths, and flash freeze on a baking sheet. Once firm, transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bag. Thaw in the refrigerator when ready to bake.

Can I substitute the dried cranberries with another dried fruit?

Yes, you can replace dried cranberries with raisins, chopped dried cherries, or even dried blueberries for a different flavor profile.

How do I ensure a vibrant green color in the cookies?

Use high-quality matcha powder to achieve a vibrant green color. Sifting the matcha powder before incorporating it into the dough helps prevent lumps and ensures even distribution.

Can I make smaller or larger wreaths?

Yes, you can adjust the size of the wreaths to your liking. Keep in mind that smaller wreaths may require less baking time, while larger ones may need additional time.

Can I use margarine instead of butter?

Yes, you can substitute margarine for butter. However, note that it might affect the flavor and texture slightly.

How should I store leftover baked cookies?

Store fully cooled cookies in an airtight container. At room temperature, they are good for 3-5 days. For longer storage, refrigerate for up to a week or freeze for 2-3 months.

Can I use a matcha blend instead of pure matcha powder?

Yes, you can use a matcha blend, but the flavor may differ slightly. Ensure the blend doesn’t contain added sugars or sweeteners.

Can I skip the nuts for a nut-free version?

Absolutely! You can omit the nuts if you prefer a nut-free version. The cookies will still be delicious with the matcha, cranberries, and white chocolate.

How do I prevent the cookies from spreading too much during baking?

Chilling the cookie dough is crucial to prevent excessive spreading. Follow the recommended chilling time in the recipe to maintain the shape of the wreaths.

Can I adjust the portion size of the recipes?

Yes, you can double the recipe if you need a larger batch. Adjust the ingredient quantities accordingly and make sure to use a larger muffin tin or bake multiple batches if necessary. You can adjust the recipe by clicking the serving size in the recipe in recipes card to your liking!
If you can find the exact portion that you like, you can, also, adjust this in manual mode. Make sure that the cooking times and temperatures have been adjusted for different quantities of ingredients. Please do not pass the max line indicated inside of the mixing bowl. The capacity of the mixing bowl is 2.2 liters.

This recipes is compatible with which model of Thermomix®?

This recipes suitable for TM31 / TM5 / TM6

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Matcha Wreath Cookies

CategoryDifficultyBeginner

These cookies are a delightful blend of the earthy flavor of matcha, the sweetness of sugar, and the richness of butter. They make for a unique and elegant addition to any dessert spread, and the wreath shape adds a festive touch that can be enjoyed during special occasions or as a sophisticated treat for matcha enthusiasts.

Prep Time20 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time40 mins

Yields38 Servings

 48 g eggs
 30 g whipping cream, 30-40% fat
 30 g cranberries, dried
 30 g pistachios, unsalted
 115 g butter, unsalted, cubed
 60 g icing sugar, plus extra to dust
 ¼ tsp salt
 2 tsp matcha powder
 20 g milk powder
 140 g cake flour
 115 g white chocolate chips

1

Preheat oven to 325°F/160°C. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment and set aside. Place a bowl onto mixing bowl lid, weigh in egg and whipping cream in a bowl and set aside.

2

Place pistachios into mixing bowl and chop 2 sec | Speed 6. Transfer to a separate bowl and set aside.

3

Place cranberries into mixing bowl and chop 5 sec | Speed 8. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Rinse and dry mixing bowl.

4

Place butter and icing sugar into mixing bowl and mix 30 sec | Speed 4. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl with spatula. Remove the measuring cup, mix 10 sec | Speed 4, meanwhile add the reserved egg and whipping cream through hole in mixing bowl lid.

5

Add salt, matcha powder, milk powder and cake flour into mixing bowl. Insert measuring cup and mix 10 sec | Speed 3. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl with spatula and mix a further 5 sec | Speed 3. Transfer to a piping bag with large star nozzle, pipe into wreaths on prepared baking sheets and bake 15-20 minutes (325°F/160°C) until lightly golden. Allow to cool completely. Clean and dry mixing bowl.

6

Place white chocolate into mixing bowl and heat 3 min | 50°C | Speed 1. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Dip part of cookie into melted chocolate and decorate with reserved nuts and cranberries. Dust with icing sugar (optional) and serve.

Ingredients

 48 g eggs
 30 g whipping cream, 30-40% fat
 30 g cranberries, dried
 30 g pistachios, unsalted
 115 g butter, unsalted, cubed
 60 g icing sugar, plus extra to dust
 ¼ tsp salt
 2 tsp matcha powder
 20 g milk powder
 140 g cake flour
 115 g white chocolate chips

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 325°F/160°C. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment and set aside. Place a bowl onto mixing bowl lid, weigh in egg and whipping cream in a bowl and set aside.

2

Place pistachios into mixing bowl and chop 2 sec | Speed 6. Transfer to a separate bowl and set aside.

3

Place cranberries into mixing bowl and chop 5 sec | Speed 8. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Rinse and dry mixing bowl.

4

Place butter and icing sugar into mixing bowl and mix 30 sec | Speed 4. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl with spatula. Remove the measuring cup, mix 10 sec | Speed 4, meanwhile add the reserved egg and whipping cream through hole in mixing bowl lid.

5

Add salt, matcha powder, milk powder and cake flour into mixing bowl. Insert measuring cup and mix 10 sec | Speed 3. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl with spatula and mix a further 5 sec | Speed 3. Transfer to a piping bag with large star nozzle, pipe into wreaths on prepared baking sheets and bake 15-20 minutes (325°F/160°C) until lightly golden. Allow to cool completely. Clean and dry mixing bowl.

6

Place white chocolate into mixing bowl and heat 3 min | 50°C | Speed 1. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Dip part of cookie into melted chocolate and decorate with reserved nuts and cranberries. Dust with icing sugar (optional) and serve.

Matcha Wreath Cookies

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