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Gingerbread Matcha Men

Instead of playing the star, Matcha plays a supporting role in this healthier version of a traditional holiday treat!

[Makes about 12 six-inch cookies]

[Ingredients]

Aiya Cooking Grade Matcha.......... 1 tbsp
Flour.................................................... 3 cups
Baking Soda...................................... 1/2 tsp
Baking Powder.................................. 1/4 tsp
Butter (unsalted)................................ 1 stick
Dark Brown Sugar............................. 1/2 cup
Ground Ginger.................................... 2 tsps
Ground Cinnamon............................. 2 tsps
Salt....................................................... 1/2 tsp
Egg....................................................... 1 egg
Molasses (unsulfered)..................... 1/2 cup


Note
: This recipe uses Matcha as a functional ingredient so if you make it exactly as written, the cookies will come out indistinguishable from normal gingerbread cookies.  Should you want a stronger tea flavor in the cookies, you can increase the amount of Matcha from one to two tablespoons.

[Directions]

  1. In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and Matcha.  Set aside.
  2. Let the butter come to room temperature and in the bowl of your stand mixer (or with a hand mixer), cream the butter and brown sugar together until smooth.
  3. Mix in the ginger, cinnamon, and salt into the butter and sugar until they are well incorporated.
  4. Add the eggs and molasses to the sugar, butter, and spice mixture.
  5. Add the sifted flour and other dry ingredients into the butter mixture little by little with your mixer on low until it comes together in a dough.
  6. Wrap the dough in some plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least one hour.
  7. When the dough is chilled, remove it from the refrigerator and place it on to a lightly floured work surface.  Use a rolling pin to roll it to about 1/8" thickness.
  8. Using cookie cutters or templates, cut out ginger bread men and women and place the shapes onto a flat cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  9. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bake the cookies in it until they are crisp but not darkened, approximately 15-20 minutes.
  10. Decorate with icing, white chocolate, and/or whatever candies you like.
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