Matcha Frosted Lemon Cookies

Matcha Frosted Lemon Cookies

Matcha Frosted Lemon Cookies make the perfect springtime treat full of citrus and green tea. The frosting is naturally coloured with pure matcha tea powder and the soft, buttery cookies have fresh lemon zest for lots of flavour.

What do I need to make Matcha Frosted Lemon Cookies?

Here’s a list of everything you’ll need to make some amazing lemon and green tea cookies:

Plate of matcha frosted lemon cookies with a tea bag and lemon wedge

How do I make lemon sugar cookies?

Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the softened butter and sugar on medium speed. When it is soft and fluffy, add the cream cheese, lemon extract, and zest. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix until all the ingredients are smooth and creamy. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the large bowl. Gently fold the dough together with a wooden spoon or spatula. Do not overmix.

Scoop the dough it into balls (about one to two tablespoons) and place them on the cookie sheet. Bake them for eight to ten minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for five minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. Wait until the cookies are totally cool before frosting.

close up of matcha frosted lemon cookies with a half a lemon

How do I make matcha green tea frosting?

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, add the softened butter, powdered sugar, and green tea syrup (instructions below). Start mixing on low and gradually increase speed to medium. If you don’t have a stand mixer, an electric hand mixer will work too!

As the frosting comes together, add the half and half. Pause the mixer periodically to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Finally mix in the matcha powder. If you want a more vibrant green frosting or a more earthy flavour, add a little extra. Also, if the frosting is too thin, add a little more powdered sugar until it reaches your desired thickness. Similarly, if it is too thick, add some extra green tea syrup or half and half. Use an offset spatula to spread the frosting over the tops of the cookies.

Matcha tea is special green tea that is ground up and whisked into milk or water, rather than steeping whole leaves. When selecting matcha powder, be sure it does not have any added ingredients. It is commonly sold as “matcha latte” but for this recipe, you’ll want pure matcha such as Navitas. It is a vibrant green and has a delicious earthy flavour.

Plates of cookies with lemon wedges and green tea

How do I make green tea simple syrup?

To make green tea syrup, bring eight ounces of water to a boil. Add three sachets of green tea and steep for 10 minutes. Before discarding the tea bags, squeeze them out into the mug to get the most flavour. Pour the tea into a small saucepan with one cup of sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer until is starts to thicken slightly. Transfer to a glass container and chill in the refrigerator before use.

Plate of matcha frosted lemon cookies

I hope you enjoy these Matcha Frosted Lemon Cookies! Be sure to leave a rating on the recipe card below and let me know what you think in the comments. Happy baking!

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Matcha Frosted Lemon Cookies

Matcha Frosted Lemon Cookies are soft & buttery with fresh lemon zest. They're topped with an earthy green tea frosting!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 10 cookies
Author: Rachel Alexandra

Ingredients 

Lemon Sugar Cookies

  • 4 Tbsp Irish butter softened
  • 2 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • cup sugar
  • ½ tsp lemon extract
  • Zest of one lemon
  • ½ cup + 3 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • tsp Celtic sea salt

Green Tea Frosting

  • 3 Tbsp Irish butter softened
  • cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp green tea simple syrup*
  • 1 Tbsp half and half
  • ½ tsp pure matcha powder

Instructions

Lemon Cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the softened butter and sugar on medium speed. When it is soft and fluffy, add the cream cheese, lemon extract, and zest.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix until all the ingredients are smooth and creamy.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the large bowl. Gently fold the dough together with a wooden spoon or spatula. Do not overmix.
  • Scoop the dough into balls (about 1-2 tablespoons) and place them on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. Wait until the cookies are totally cool before frosting.

Matcha Frosting

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add the butter, powdered sugar, and green tea syrup*. Start mixing on low and gradually increase speed to medium.
  • As the frosting starts to come together, add the half and half. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure everything is getting mixed in.
  • Finally mix in the matcha powder. If you want a more vibrant frosting, add a little extra.
  • Use an offset spatula to frost the tops of the cookies. Enjoy!

Notes

*To make green tea syrup, bring 8oz of water to a boil. Add 3 sachets of green tea and steep for 10 minutes. Pour the tea into a saucepan with 1 cup of sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer until is starts to thicken slightly. Transfer to a glass container and chill in the refrigerator before use.
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