Add the color of life to your cookies naturally: Matcha cookies for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter
This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on Saturday, March 17, and Easter is Sunday, April 1. You might be planning to have a fun gathering with your friends and family. Matcha green tea gives a soft, natural minty green hue to cutout cookies, the perfect treat to share with your guests.
“Green food may mean party time in America, where St. Patrick’s Day has long been an excuse to break out the food dye,” as National Public Radio says.
According to NPR, green colored food was not welcomed in Ireland. Green color used to be associated with the dark history of the Irish Potato Famine during the 1840s, when at least 1 million Irish died in the span of six years. Desperately, people had to resort to eating grass. Kinealy, an Irish historian, says, “In Irish folk memory, they talk about people’s mouths being green as they died.”
Now Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle. This lush green country sits between 51.5 and 55.5 degrees north latitude, the same latitude range as the much colder and snowier Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. Thanks to the ocean current known as the North Atlantic Drift, Ireland is embraced by its mild climate.
Pictures taken from satellite show Ireland as one of the greenest places on Earth. Irish nationalists and republicans adopted the green color in the 19th century. This was likely to distinguish themselves from the reds and blues that were then associated with England, Scotland and Wales.
Let’s count the blessings surrounding us while we celebrate spring.
~Irish blessing for good luck
May you always have
Walls for the winds
A roof for the rain
Tea beside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
Those you love near you
And all your heart might desire
It is fun to prepare home baked cookies using cute shapes for special occasions. Green is the sign of life. Let’s use Matcha green tea, a natural and nutritious way to put spring color for the celebrations.
Matcha Green Tea Cookie Recipe
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup shortening
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons Edible Green® Sencha green tea powder or MATCHA green tea powder
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Lime juice and finely ground lime peel taken from 1 lime
- 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
- Beat 1/3 cups unsalted butter and 1/3 cup shortening. Add 3/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon baking powder. Beat till combined.
- Beat in 1 egg and 1 teaspoon coconut extract. Stir in 2 cups flour and 2 teaspoons Edible Green® or MATCHA green tea powder. (The dough is dry so mix the dough by hand until butter and shortening becomes soft and binds the dough together–the warmth of your hand will help butter and shortening get soft.)
- Roll a handful of dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thick. Using a 3 to 4 inch biscuit cutter, cut into rounds. (Or, use a Shamrock shaped cookie cutter for St. Patrick’s Day. Use bunny and duck shapes for Easter.) Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Repeat until cookie sheet is fully loaded.
- Bake in a 375 °F oven for 7 to 8 minutes.
- Make frosting. (This is optional–the cookies are delicious with or without frosting.) Mix lime juice and finely ground lime peel from a lime with 1 cup powdered sugar.
- Frost the cooled cookies with the powder sugar mixture and sprinkle with chopped pistachios.
We made 33 bunny and duck cookies as shown in the above picture. Happy baking!
How about home made corned beef for St. Patrick’s Day?