Matcha Halloween Treats
In preparation for Halloween, pumpkins are being carved, costumes are being dusted off, and the most epic Halloween parties are being planned. As part of your Halloween preparations and decorations, why not plan some creatively spooky Halloween themed Matcha Treats? Together let’s delve into the exciting realm of making matcha-infused Halloween treats that are both fun to create and delightful to savor. Whether you’re a seasoned matcha enthusiast or new to this Japanese powdered tea, you’re in for a bewitching adventure as we share simple yet delicious recipes to add a touch of uniqueness to your Halloween celebrations. So, gather your ingredients, put on your apron, and prepare to whisk up some enchanting matcha delights that will leave everyone at your Halloween gathering spellbound!
Green Monster Matcha Sugar Cookies
For the Sugar Cookies:
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract (optional, but adds a nice flavor)
For the Matcha Frosting:
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 tbsp Everyday Matcha Green Tea Powder
- 2-3 tbsp milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
For the Sugar Cookies:
- In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
- In a separate large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract (if using) to the butter-sugar mixture, and beat until well combined.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until a dough forms. If the dough seems too dry, you can add a tablespoon of milk to help it come together.
- Divide the dough in half, form each half into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm up the dough.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll out one of the dough disks on a floured surface to about 1/4-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shape.
- Place the cut-out cookies on the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space between each.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies start to turn golden. Allow them to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the Matcha Frosting:
- In a bowl, sift the matcha green tea powder to remove any lumps.
- In a separate mixing bowl, beat the softened butter until creamy.
- Gradually add the powdered sugar and matcha powder to the butter, alternating with milk and vanilla extract. Begin and end with the powdered sugar mixture.
- Beat until the frosting is smooth and creamy. If it’s too thick, you can add more milk, a tablespoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency.
Assemble the Cookies:
- Once the cookies are completely cooled, spread or pipe the matcha frosting onto each cookie.
- Pipe on the eyebrows, nose, and mouth. Place store-bought icing eyes on cookies.
- Let the frosting set for a little while before serving to allow it to firm up slightly.
- Enjoy your delicious sugar cookies with matcha frosting!
Matcha Witch Finger Bites
For the Matcha Cookie Dough:
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp Vanilla Matcha Green Tea Powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Sliced almonds (for the nails)
- Red gel food coloring (optional, for extra spookiness)
For the “Blood” Dipping Sauce:
- Raspberry jam or strawberry jam
1. Prepare the Matcha Cookie Dough:
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the egg and vanilla extract, and mix until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, matcha powder, and salt.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until a dough forms. If you want a deeper green color, you can add a few drops of green food coloring.
- Divide the dough into small portions and roll each portion into a finger-shaped log, about 3-4 inches long. Use your fingers to shape them into a bony finger shape. You can also make some fingers thinner or thicker for variety.
- Use the back of a fork to create knuckle lines on the fingers. For added detail, press a sliced almond at the tip of each finger to create a fingernail.
- If you want to make them look more “bloody,” you can add a tiny amount of red gel food coloring to the base of each almond fingernail. It will look like the fingers have been dipped in blood.
2. Chill the Cookie Fingers:
- Place the shaped cookie fingers on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator and chill the fingers for at least 30 minutes. This will help them hold their shape during baking.
3. Preheat the Oven:
- While the fingers are chilling, preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C).
4. Bake the Matcha Witch Fingers:
- Once chilled, bake the fingers in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes, or until the edges start to turn golden brown.
- Remove the fingers from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes.
5. Prepare the “Blood” Dipping Sauce:
- While the fingers are cooling, heat the raspberry or strawberry jam in a microwave-safe bowl for about 15-20 seconds until it becomes slightly runny.
- Transfer the jam to a small serving bowl.
- Arrange the cooled matcha witch fingers on a serving platter.
- Serve them with the “blood” dipping sauce on the side for a spooky touch.
Enjoy your delicious and spooky matcha witch fingers!