Green Tea and Nettle Cookies

This is a great recipe for herbal cookies that are not too sweet, and are just perfect when eaten along with a cup of tea or coffee.  Green tea is full of antioxidants, and nettles have proven anti-inflammatory properties and are great for boosting the immune system.  These are the two ingredients I use most when making teas, and this is a fun and different way to enjoy their benefits.

For this recipe, you will first blend together:

  • 1 cup of dairy-free margarine
  • 3/4 cup of sugar

The next thing you will want to do is sift or stir together the following:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 Tbsp. matcha powder (ceremonial green tea)
  • 1 tsp. nettle powder

This will keep the matcha from clumping.  Matcha can be found at Asian markets, Teavana, or Mountain Rose Herbs.   Nettles can be found at health food stores and also at Mountain Rose Herbs.  You can buy your nettles pre-powdered, or you can powder your own dried nettles with a mortar and pestle.

When your tea and herbs are mixed into the flour well, you will add them to the butter/sugar mix along with an additional 1 and 1/2 cups of flour.  This works up to a stiff dough, so your arms will get a bit of a workout.  I have found that I can’t quite get it to com together completely with a spoon, so I like to get my hands in once it is mostly mixed and then knead the dough until it looks like lovely green play dough.

Roll small balls of dough, place them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, and flatten with a glass.  I make these really small, so I can fit about 20 on a sheet.  Bake these at 350* for 12 minutes.  When they are done, the top is still a nice green color, and the bottom should have a golden brown color.


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