These look kinda like mochi huh? They’re not. They are a play on snowballs or Mexican Wedding Cookies. I added matcha green tea powder for a subtle but interesting flavor change, and to make them green. After all, St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner.

Green Tea Pecan Crumbles in tea cup 2

*update: The picture above was added 5/4/2013 since I made these for the NYC Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry.

Green Tea Pecan Crumbles
~makes 30 cookies
~adapted from the Snowballs recipe in Great Cookies by Carole Walter

  • 1 1/4 cups pecans
  • 2 cups all purpose flour, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons strained confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tablespoons matcha green tea powder

1. Put the pecans and 1/4 cup flour in food processor with steel blade. Pulse 5 or 6 times, then process 8 to 10 seconds, until pecans are chopped medium fine. Add the remaining flour and salt. Pulse 2 or 3 times to combine.
2. In a stand mixer, with a paddle attachment, mix butter on medium-low speed until light and creamy. Reduce to low speed and add 2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar, cold water, and vanilla. Mix until combined, scraping down when needed.
3. Add the flour/nut mixture in three additions, mixing only until combined. Do not overmix. Remove the bowl from stand mixer, cover with plastic wrap, and refridgerate for at least 30 minutes.
4. Place oven shelves in upper and lower thirds of the oven. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line two jelly roll pans with parchment paper.
5. When dough is chilled, roll into 1 1/4″ balls and place 2″ apart on parchment paper.Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until just lightly browned on the bottom. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes.

Uncoated Crumble

6. While they are cooling, sift together 1 cup confectioner’s sugar and green tea matcha powder, into a wide and shallow bowl. (I used a pie plate.)
7. Roll the cookies in sugar/green tea mix, coating heavily, but very carefully. They are fragile.

Freshly Coated Crumbles

8. Roll again for a second coat, and then place them on a wire rack to cool for several hours.
9. Store in an airtight container between sheets of wax paper for up to 3 weeks.

Green Tea Crumbles Cooling 2
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