Vegan Matcha Sugar Cookie trees with royal icing!


There’s nothing quite like the warm feelings the holiday season brings. Carols are in the air, families come together, and treats are everywhere. And really, what better to go with treats than tea? But we thought we could take this a bit further: why not use tea in our Christmas treats? We decided to use the gorgeous jade green of matcha to make our sugar cookies more festive naturally: behold, matcha sugar cookie trees! This recipe makes about four rolls you can stash in your fridge over the holidays for easy baking, and just to make them more shareable, they’re vegan too!  Enjoy them plain, topped with vegan matcha royal icing (like we did), and/or alongside our rich and creamy Matcha hot cocoa! You can even give an extra log or two away as gifts if you don’t eat them all first…

The Goods:

Adapted from Chez Bettay

5 cups flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup almond milk (or any other milk substitute!)

1 Tablespoon organic vanilla

1 tub of earth balance soy-free buttery spread (whipped works great too!)

2 Tablespoons of Tealish’s Matcha latte mix

1 teaspoon of Tealish’s organic matcha powder (for an extra green colour)


The Method:

1. Cream butter and sugar together until smooth using a hand mixer or stand mixer

2. Add baking powder and continue to mix until it’s well blended

3. Slowly add the milk alternative of your choice and your vanilla extract

4. In small parts, add the 5 cups of flour. mixing well before adding each cup. Stop mixer when all the flour is well mixed and a dough forms.

5. Roll the dough into logs, wrap in plastic and craft or parchment paper, and refrigerate until you’d like to bake (at least 30 minutes!) You can then simply cut the log for quick circle cookies, or go the extra mile and make shapes!

To Bake:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F

1. Roll out the dough on a clean surface lined with a bit of flour. Use cookie cutters to make shapes: we suggest green things, like trees, wreaths or holly!

2. Place shapes (or circles) on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

3. Bake for about ten minutes, or until the edges start to look just a bit crispy. Remove and cool… then get ready to ice!



When the cookies have cooled completely, ice them! We followed this super handy video by The Sweetest Vegan and simply added 1 heaping Tablespoon of matcha mix at the end to make it green! You can use other colours to decorate your trees with icing lights and tinsel, but we kept it minimal and natural.

Happy Holidays from the Tealish team!

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