This sugar cookie matcha latte is a must-make recipe his holiday season! With the cozy flavors of a sugar cookie wrapped up in an easy-to-make matcha latte, it’s one of my absolute favorite drinks and I’m sure it will be yours too!
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We’ve all seen the sugar cookie lattes in those red Starbucks cups, but what about a sugar cookie matcha latte for when we just can’t do any more coffee? And yes, you could just go to the coffee shop and ask for a pump of sugar cookie syrup, but we love to make our own at Joy to the Food.
I mean, we’ve got a handful of other matcha lattes like our Iced Matcha Coffee Latte and this Strawberry Matcha Latte. And because we love matcha so much, I’d say we are experts on the subject. So, let me show you how to make the best drink this holiday season - our sugar cookie matcha latte!
what we love about this latte
I just love a cozy drink and when sugar cookie drinks came on the scene, I knew I needed a matcha version. Enter the most delicious holiday drink you will ever try!
Here's what we love about it:
- Easy to make: You don’t need anything special to make a matcha latte. Just some good ingredients, a whisk, and matcha.
- Can be hot or iced: For a refreshing take, try this sugar cookie latte as an iced sugar cookie matcha latte!
- No separate syrup to buy or make: It really bothers me when I have to go to another recipe to find the syrup recipe. This one does not do that, all you need to make this latte is right here!
- Naturally vegan: This vegan matcha latte is delicious thanks to plant-based products so anyone can enjoy it! No butter or butter extract here.
recipe ingredients & notes
Substitutions & Variations
All substitutions are a 1:1 substitute unless otherwise noted. See the recipe card for quantities.
- The milk: Almond is the key flavor in sugar cookies (whether you realize it or not) so using almond milk is an easy way to enhance that flavor. Oat milk or skim can also be used. Because we are adding sweeteners, I don’t recommend using a creamer replacement.
- The matcha: It’s SUPER important to use ceremonial grade matcha for lattes. It’s way less earthy and grass-tasting than basic green tea powder or culinary-grade matcha.
- Stovetop syrup: If you want to use brown sugar or coconut sugar in place of maple syrup and white sugar in place of agave, you will need to make the syrup on the stovetop. To do this, just heat them up with the milk, vanilla, almond extract, and salt until dissolved (keep stirring the whole time!).
- Iced Latte: To make this iced, just make the matcha as directed and then pour over ice. Make the milk and sugar cookie mixture the same, but don’t heat the milk up. If you’re using granulated sugar and the stove top, then just make the whole latte and pour over ice.
- High-protein option: To make this high protein, add in 1 serving (or 1-2 scoops) of collagen peptides.
This recipe has not been tested with other substitutions or variations. If you replace or add any ingredients, please let us know how it turned out in the comments below!
recipe testing notes
Throughout our testing of this sugar cookie matcha latte, we learned what worked and didn't work. Here are the key takeaways!
- Almond is a strong flavor: I tend to like a lot of almond but Dan doesn’t. Our quantities reflect the in-between of our taste buds but you can add more if desired.
- Ways to make the milk mixture: I tested this latte by making it with a hand frother, a blender, a whisk, an electric frother, and on the stovetop. All work great but I prefer to use the electric frother because it heats and mixes.
how to make this matcha latte (with photo & video!)
Be sure to scroll to the recipe card for the full latte recipe!
Step one: Make the matcha by whisk together the matcha powder, half of the maple syrup and agave, and hot water until frothy and dissolved.
Step two: Add the other ingredients to an electric frother or large jar. Use the electric frother to mix and heat the sugar cookie creamer. If not using a mixer, heat the milk in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds, and then use a whisk to mix.
Helpful Tip: I like to do this in a large glass measuring cup if I'm not using the electric frother.
To make it on the stovetop, add everything to a pot over low heat. Stir constantly to combine and until the milk is heated through.
Step three: Combine the creamer mixture with the matcha and enjoy! Try it alongside a matcha white chocolate chip crinkle cookie!
video of how to make the recipe
Yes, you can use brown sugar for the maple syrup and white sugar for the agave. Just add everything to a pot and heat over the stove to dissolve the sugar.
Yes, you can make a large batch of what I’m calling the sugar cookie creamer. Just double or triple the recipe and store it in the fridge for up to 1 week. The matcha is harder because if it isn’t mixed all the way, the powder will sink to the bottom and get sticky so I always make fresh matcha.
Yup, this sugar cookie creamer makes a very good sugar cookie latte with strong coffee or espresso! Just swap it out for the matcha and water.
This is best enjoyed right away but any leftovers of the hot latte can be stored in the fridge for 4 days and reheated in the microwave or over the stove. Just give it a stir before enjoying it again and you might have a thin milk film develop on top - just scrap this off. If iced, then leftovers can’t be stored and you’ll just need to chug!
- 2 teaspoon matcha tea powder (ceremonial grade (super green))
- ½ cup water (super hot)
- 1 ½ cup almond milk (unsweetened, or milk of choice)
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 teaspoon maple syrup (see notes for using brown sugar)
- 2 teaspoon agave (see notes for using white sugar)
- pinch salt
- 1 serving collagen (optional for 10-20g of protein depending on brand)
Before you start!
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- Make the matcha by whisk together the matcha powder, half of the maple syrup and agave, and hot water till frothy and dissolved.
- Add the other ingredients to an electric frother or large jar. Use the electric frother to mix and heat the sugar cookie creamer. If not using a mixer, heat the milk in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds, and then use a whisk to mix.Helpful Tip: I like to do this in a large glass measuring cup if I'm not using the electric frother.To make it on the stovetop, add everything to a pot over low heat. Stir constantly to combine and until the milk is heated through.
- Combine the creamer mixture with the matcha and enjoy!
Looking for more information?
Additional substitution information can be found above in the substitution section of this post.
Nutritional information is an estimate and for informational purposes only.