Matcha brazil nut cookies recipe

Time to get back to my New Year's resolution of cleaning out all the weird crap in the back of the cupboard that I bought to do amazing culinary experiments with and start cooking up the culinary experiments I promised myself.

Exhibit A: matcha powder, otherwise known as green tea that's been beaten into submission.

What can you do with matcha? Matcha lattes, matcha truffles, matcha cake, and matcha pudding, apparently. Lots of matcha-stuff. Probably turn it into gold if you tried hard enough. (I didn't try hard enough.)

No, my friends, today calls for cookies! (Most days call for cookies, as far as my understanding goes, but let's gloss over that.) The basis for this recipe is a Dan Lepard oldie from a while ago (Christmas three years ago, in fact) which you can find here (not vegan though).

If you need a reason to buy matcha, it's that it turns your cookies green. Regard:

I mean, cookies are cool, but green cookies are winning all round. Here's how to green up your own cookies:

Matcha brazil nut cookies
Makes about 10

50g vegan butter
110g light brown sugar
Half tsp of vanilla essence
Pinch of salt
100g self-raising flour
50g brazil nuts, chopped
1 or 2 tsp of soy milk (or vegan milk of your choice)
Half tsp matcha powder (Maybe more if you like that sort of thing)
Handful of vegan chocolate chips or chunk of dark chocolate, chopped up

How you do it
Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Stir in vanilla essence, then flour, salt and matcha. Stir to combine.
Add nuts and chocolate, and stir.
Add milk, a tsp at a time, and stir until the the dough comes together.
Preheat oven to 180C, and grease a baking sheet.
Put dessertspoons of mixture onto baking sheet, spaced well apart.
Cook for 12 to 15 minutes until the edges of the cookies start to colour.


  1. How awesome that these yummy cookies turn slightly green! What does the brazil nuts taste like? I have never tried them or made them for a recipe. I guess I will have to try them!

  2. I used the last of my expensive matcha the other week making the Green Tea and Almond cupcakes from Vegan cupcakes Take Over the World which I love. I managed to ruin them though by accidentally switching on the grill and not the oven, duh!

  3. I've seen the interest in matcha run wild the last few months, but have never tried it. These sound delicious!

  4. I'm suuuuper interested in matcha! It sounds like it has a lovely flavor but yes, even better: green cookies. Or any cookies. I'm not the biggest fan of Brazil nuts but....cookies.

    1. are they too heavy? The Brazil nuts? I never tried these nuts before.

  5. Whenever I use matcha in cooking or baking, I'm always expecting it to come out as a bright vivid green. It never does, it's just a subtle green like your cookies. Which I guess is a good thing. Now I want a cookie. :-)

  6. Oh yum!!! I love brazil nuts! I'm the freak who picks out the brazil nuts from nut mixes - completely bypassing cashews and the other desirables. I've never baked with matcha, but I'm definitely interested in doing so. It was always so expensive to come by so I didn't want to risk it. Now we have a Japanese import store here where I can get it pretty cheap.

    Great job on this combination. I never would have thought of it!

  7. Sounds delish. I have some matcha lurking in my cupboard, too – among other things!

  8. Ah ha ha, always enjoy reading your blog posts. :) Also matcha, way to be fancy! I have some tucked away a box, 2500 kilometers away! Suddenly I'm wishing I packed it with my other foodstuffs, these look awesome.

  9. I've always wanted to play around with matcha but then I looked at the price and, well, I'm just a cheap ass, lol. I do love me some brazil nuts though!

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