‘Tis the season to hang holiday wreaths again. Time, also, to fill the home with the aroma of baking Christmas cookies. And hopefully have many reasons to be of good cheer!
If nothing else my Matcha Green Tea Holiday Wreath Cookies will put a smile in your stomach. Extra fuss is required to make the cookies. But, the experience is a joyful one. Especially with Christmas carols blasting in the background. (An added bonus: Matcha Green Tea Holiday Wreath Cookies are perfect for a DYI family kitchen project.)
Joys to the World: Matcha green tea, M & M chocolates and Christmas cookies!
Inspiration for my Matcha Green Tea Holiday Wreath Cookies comes from a photo glimpsed on Pinterest several years ago. Specifically, a That Skinny Chick Can Bake board belonging to my friend, Liz. A wreath-shaped sugar cookie was dotted with M & Ms. Chocolate and vanilla combos are universally acknowledged as natural partners. But for those of us who grew up in Japan, we know matcha and chocolate are also delicious consorts. (The Ninja Baker’s matcha green tea cookies studded with chocolate M & Ms prove the point!)
Gourmet types (like Liz) might shun shortcuts in the kitchen. However, this Ninja Baker slipped into a market and picked up ready-made cookie dough. I rolled out the sugar cookie roll; kneaded in matcha and powdered sugar. Then, cut out circles and punched holes in the middle.
Matcha cookies crowned with chocolate candies. Happy Christmas!
Ninja Note 1: The powdered sugar balances the bitter matcha taste. Allegedly powdered sugar in the dough is supposed to prevent the spread once heat hits the cookies. Even with the cautionary step of freezing the cut-out cookies overnight, the matcha cookies still expanded in the oven.
Ninja Note 2: The wreath holes require an additional punch in the middle upon their exit from the oven.
Ninja Note 3: Dot the wreaths with M & Ms as soon as possible. The cookies do firm up pretty quickly. (If they do, simply use frosting to stick the M & M chocolates onto the matcha cookie wreaths.)
Japanese Plum Wine Cookie Wreaths
Japanese matcha is not everyone’s cup of tea. So, I also created Japanese Plum Wine Cookie Wreaths. A tickle of wine candy cackles atop each cookie. (Albeit wine cooks out in baking; Japanese Plum Wine Wreath Cookies are not kid-friendly.) This cookie also expands in baking so the notes for the Matcha Green Tea Holiday Wreath Cookies apply…Next time, I’ll follow the lead of the gourmet types and make my own sugar cookie dough foundation! The firmer dough will allow the wreaths to keep their shapes. Sometimes short cuts lead to more work...Do the results of this baking adventure disappoint or discourage me? No! The holidays are filled with good cheer. If I choose to open my eyes, there is so much to celebrate!