"Don’t let the grumpy sounding name fool you. Grinch Cookies are a festive holiday treat. Delicious and Cindy Lou Who approved."
½ cup butter, softened
4½ ounces raw sugar
½ teaspoon ground vanilla
5 ounces plain (all-purpose) flour
2 teaspoons matcha powder
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
½ teaspoon sea salt
5½ ounces milk chocolate
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat until creamy, about 3 minutes, with a hand whisk or a hand mixer. Add the egg and vanilla and continue to beat for another 3 minutes. Sift the flour, matcha powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt into the mixture and gently fold in with a spatula. Coarsely chop the chocolate and fold it into the cookie dough.
Place small heaps of the dough (about 2 tablespoons each) onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Leave them as mounds; don’t flatten them. Bake for 7–10 minutes until the edges start to brown.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the tray for a few minutes, as the cookies will still be very soft just after baking. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
Stored in a cookie tin or a jar in a cool, dry place, the cookies will keep for 2–3 months.