How to Make Hanami Dango Matcha Cookies

Hanami Dango Matcha Cookies

Hanami Dango Matcha Cookies
Hanami dango are a sweet treat that is eaten during Hanami. In Japan, Hanami is the the time of year when people come together to watch the cherry blossoms bloom. Over the years, dango matcha cookies have been made into all sorts of shapes and sizes but I prefer the traditional cookie-on-a-stick method.

These colorful and chewy matcha cookies look almost cartoonish and taste incredible. They’re fun, festive, and have a chewy texture that sets them apart from typical cookies.

The best part? They’re virtually effortless to make.

In addition to being quick and easy, you don’t have to feel bad about eating these chewy matcha cookies. Matcha green tea is full of vitamins and antioxidants that support your immune system and your mind, so you won’t feel weighed down after making these cookies. The natural caffeine keeps your body moving without the crash that comes from other caffeine sources. In fact, you’d be surprised how many health benefits one cup of matcha green tea connects you with.

But enough of that… On to the recipe!

Hanami Dango Matcha Cookies

Hanami Dango Matcha Cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour and cornstarch. Make sure they are well mixed, so the texture of your cookies is consistent.
  2. Microwave the butter until it’s melted. Combine the sugar and melted butter together until even.
  3. Combine flour and cornstarch with a spatula, stirring until well combined.
  4. Divide the dough into three parts. Add vanilla for one dough, add kinako for another, and add matcha for the rest. Form each dough into small balls.
  5. Place each color of cookie dough through wooden skewers. Place on the parchment paper.
  6. Wrap handle of each skewer in aluminum foil so it does not catch fire.
  7. Bake about 10 minutes. The old golden brown rule doesn’t apply here, so be careful not to overcook your matcha cookies.
  8. Once the matcha cookies are cooled, roll them in confectioner’s sugar.

If you’re looking to dress these chewy matcha cookies up as holiday treats, replace the confectioner’s sugar with red crystal sprinkles or crushed cereal.  Experiment with flavor until you find your favorites. Or, leave them plain. These matcha cookies are so delicious, it doesn’t really matter what you put on them.

These cookies are perfect for sharing with friends and handing out at parties. The skewers make them movement-friendly, meaning no one has to sit down and wait to be served dessert. Additionally, the skewers allow you to get creative with flavor combinations so you can mix and match your various creations.

Tell us what you think of this recipe for matcha cookies in the comments. When you’re ready for a new matcha cookies, visit the Epic Matcha blog to find a new recipe.

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