Welcome back to Cookie Monday! Enjoy this week’s installment:
I came up with the idea for these cookie bars while brainstorming what to bring on the bus for my latest choir trip. I needed a recipe with a high yield that I could make quickly and didn’t have chocolate so that all of the lent observers would be able to enjoy the cookies along with the rest of us.
Fortunately, these bars came out delicious and worth repeating. They have a rich, buttery center that’s infused with the earthiness of green tea powder and are topped with a crunchy layer of sugar that caramelizes in the oven. They were gone in minutes after one pass down the bus aisle, and I’d like to think that they gave us enough energy to make it through the long bus ride to Southern California. My only regret is that I’d didn’t make a batch for the trip back.
Green Tea Cookie Bars
Makes 36 small bars
16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons matcha powder
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
- Grease a 13 x 9 glass baking pan and preheat the oven to 350F. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add the matcha powder and beat well to combine. Add the egg and beat until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix on low speed until just combined.
- Transfer the dough to the prepared pan and press into an even layer. Sprinkle the 2 tablespoons of sugar evenly over the surface, then bake on the middle rack of the preheated oven until golden brown on the edges and set in the center, 23-26 minutes. Let cool, then cut into 36 bars.
Note: If you have matcha latte mix, not matcha powder, substitute 1 cup granulated sugar and ½ cup matcha latte mix for the sugar and matcha powder.