Recipe: Zombie Gingerbread Men (Matcha + Ginger)Author: DaisyChubb | Filed under: Recipes, Tea
Before we do anything – I totally have to give credit for this recipe idea to Bigelow (Aisling of Tea) on Steepster! We both ordered the Gingerbread Matcha from Red Leaf Tea – after tasting it, I thought it had a pretty strong ginger flavour – but did add a bit more powdered ginger to it for a bigger kick!
This would be awesome in a molasses-type ginger cookie (my fave kind), but if you want the green (aka zombies) to show up – stick with a light sugar cookie base. Some food colouring would have been nice too, but I have none! So these are “au natural” – coloured with matcha only.
You can totally use regular matcha – just add more ginger powder to taste!
I wasn’t a huge fan of the flavour, but everyone raved about them at our Friendsgiving party – so I just have judgmental taste buds.
Man it’s too true – I really do!
Anyways, I just made a simple white glaze to ice them – it added just the right amount of sweetness to go with the ginger & matcha flavour
I didn’t have a cookie cutter, so I just used the sharp tip of a knife and cut very gently. Then I got bored, so I made round cookies. haha! I recommend rolling the chilled dough out between 2 pieces of saran wrap – minimal cleanup, and you can re-use the saran wrap for each bit of dough, and also use it to wrap up the extra in the freezer.
So those are all of my tips! And now, without further ado – the recipe for Zombie Gingerbread Men! (Also known as Matcha Ginger Sugar cookies!)
Zombie Gingerbread Men (Matcha Ginger Cookies)
Makes approx. 30 cookies
3/4 cup softened butter
1 cup white sugar
2 tbsp matcha powder (use Gingerbread Matcha for more ginger flavour!)
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup icing (powdered) sugar
1 tsp milk (or vanilla extract, or lemon juice – any liquid!)
Matcha for topping (optional)
Dough must be chilled, so don’t preheat the oven yet!
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add matcha powder and ground ginger, add more to taste! Beat in 2 eggs one at a time and add vanilla (also to taste!). Add baking powder and salt, and gradually add flour. You will have a rather thick dough – perfect for rolling! Now toss your dough in the fridge for about an hour – you want it to be very cold my friends.
After dough has chilled, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out dough to about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, or the sharp tip of a knife, cut our your men. Alternatively, or if you get tired of manually cutting out gingerbread men, use a cup to cut out rounds! For ease, roll out dough between 2 sheets of wax paper or saran wrap. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 6-8 minutes.
While cookies are cooling, make your glaze! I added the 1.4 cup of icing sugar directly into a ziplock bag with a splash of milk, then mashed and mixed it around until it created a glaze. If it’s too thick, add more milk! Too thin? More sugar. Then snip off a tiny bit of the tip of the bag and decorate away!
While the icing sets, sift some matcha on top to finish. This step is optional – I used some Madagascar Vanilla matcha for a bit of sweetness and contrast – I also thought it looked cool.
These cookies are a little labour intensive, but it was a fun experiment and I’m glad my friends liked them! They also photographed pretty well Be creative with your food friends, and Happy Halloween!