How to Make the Best Genmaicha Cookies


What you'll need for the genmaicha cookies

To make these genmaicha cookies, you will need a few special ingredients such as Genmaicha tea leaves, and toasted brown rice.

Additionally, you will need a few basic baking tools such as a mixing bowl, measuring cups and spoons, a baking sheet, and a silicone spatula.

With the right ingredients and equipment, you will be able to create a batch of delicious Genmaicha cookies that are perfect for enjoying with a cup of tea or coffee.

 If you're interested in drinking a cup of genmaicha tea with your genmaicha cookies, you may like this guide :

👉 Start Brewing Genmaicha like a pro with this tea master recipe


Ingredient substitutions for the Genmaicha cookies

Here are a few substitutions for ingredients that might be difficult to find:

Toasted brown rice

If you can't find toasted brown rice, you can use regular brown rice and toast it in a dry skillet over medium heat until it turns golden brown. Be sure to stir it frequently to prevent burning.

Unsalted butter

We recommend you use unsalted butter to reduce the amount of sodium in the genmaicha cookies, but if you don’t care so much about this you can use salted butter.

It's important to note that when you substitute ingredients, it might affect the final outcome of the genmaicha cookies. Try to stick to the ingredients list wherever possible. 

Genmaicha tea leaves

You can find excellent genmaicha tea on our website, but if you need to make this website last minute, we recommend taking whatever green tea you have and mixing it with the toasted brown rice mentioned earlier!

If you want to learn more about genmaicha, you can read our complete guide 👉 Essential Genmaicha Guide by Japanese Tea Experts


Pro tips for the best Genmaicha cookies

In addition to following the recipe for genmaicha cookies, there are also a few tips you can use to get the best cookies possible. Let’s go over a few small adjustments you can make for optimal shaping and baking.

Shaping your genmaicha cookies

If the dough is too crumbly, you can add a tablespoon of milk or water to help it come together.

For perfectly shaped cookies, make sure to roll the dough out evenly and cut the genmaicha cookies out with a sharp cookie cutter.

Baking your Genmaicha Cookies

To prevent the genmaicha cookies from spreading too much in the oven, make sure to refrigerate the dough before baking.

These cookies will take about 12-15 minutes to bake at 350°F (180°C) or until the edges are lightly golden brown. Keep an eye on the cookies while they are in the oven, as oven temperatures vary and could affect the baking time.


Storing and Serving your Genmaicha Cookies

A cup of tea or coffee makes for the perfect companion when you are enjoying your genmaicha cookies. The nutty and grassy flavor of the Genmaicha tea blends perfectly with the sweet and buttery taste of the cookies. You can enjoy the cookies as a snack or as a full dessert!

To store the cookies and maintain their freshness, it is best to keep them in an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag.

They can be stored at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. If you want to serve them warm, you can put them into the oven at a lower setting to heat them up before eating.


Additional ideas for Genmaicha Cookies

In addition to making ingredient substitutions, there are a few added ways to make this recipe your own. You can play around with these ideas to make genmaicha cookies for every season!

  • For a more festive look, you can add a drizzle of white chocolate on top of the cookies.
  • For a more crunchy texture, you can add chopped nuts such as almonds, walnuts, or pecans.
  • For a sweeter taste, you can add some chocolate chips or dried fruit to the dough.
  • For a gluten-free version, you can use almond flour or gluten-free flour blend instead of all-purpose flour.


Final Thoughts on Genmaicha Cookies

The recipe for these genmaicha cookies is relatively simple to make and doesn't require any special equipment. The ingredients used are easy enough to find, and if needed, there are substitutions you can make.

We encourage you to try making these cookies yourself and discover the unique flavor profile of Genmaicha tea. You can also experiment with different variations and toppings to make the cookies even more delicious!

If you liked this recipe for genmaicha cookies, you may also like making some matcha cookies. For that, you can check out our recipe The Best Matcha Cookies You’ll Ever Eat!

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