It’s that time of year again folks; the fire’s crackling, chestnuts are roasting, the carols are playing in every Starbucks, and many people are gearing up for one of their most beloved Holiday rituals, the annual Cookie Exchange 🙂
If this is your first time organizing or attending a cookie exchange, this checklist from Real Simple will walk you through it. If you’re an old hand at this festive tradition, then you already know how much fun delicious fun is in store for you!
Now for the
million dollar question: How can you shake things up at this year’s cookie exchange? I’ve got one word for you: Matcha! This delicious ingredient will add a splash of color to traditional baked goods, like these adorable Christmas Tree Cookies …
Festive Matcha Christmas Tree Cookies Recipe
You will need:
- For cookies:
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature, 1 stick
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp KissMeOrganics Culinary Matcha
- 2 cups flour
- Christmas tree cookie cutter
For the snow tip frosting:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 4 1/2 -5 tsp water
- A handful of white sugar pearl sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Cream the butter and sugar with mixer until light and fluffy and add egg yolks, vanilla and sour cream.
- Mix until combined.
- In a separate bowl, sift together baking powder, salt, matcha powder and flour
- Combine the dry ingredients with wet ingredients and mix until smooth.
- Make a ball like shape with the dough and wrap in seran wrap, gently press flat and chill in the refrigerator for 30 mins.
- On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to ¼” thickness
- Use your Christmas tree cookie cutter to cut your cookies.
- Arrange on cookie sheet 2″ apart.
- Bake for 10–15 minutes, watching they don’t brown.
- Place cookies onto cooling rack.
Adding the snow tips:
- Mix the powdered sugar and water to make a simple icing.
- Start with 3 tsp water, adding more water 1 tsp at a time to get the right consistency (not paste-like & not runny).
- Once the cookies have cooled, spoon a small amount of icing onto the cookie, outlining the shape of the snow tip.
- When the outline is done, use the back of the spoon to smooth out the icing (don’t use too much or too little).
- Add some sugar pearl sprinkles and place on a drying rack for the icing to set.
*** Makes 12 Matcha Christmas Tree Cookies ***
We’d love to hear about your cookie exchange and your favorite Holiday treats. Tell us in the comments below!