If you are unfamiliar with matcha, you will most likely recognize its flavor: green tea. Matcha is a powder made from finely ground green tea leaves. Traditionally, it is whisked together with hot water to make tea. Matcha also has a wide variety of uses for baking. In this recipe, matcha gives soft, chewy cookies a wonderful green tea flavor that is complemented by creamy white chocolate chips.
If you are unable to find matcha powder in your local stores, you can purchase it online. I used this brand, from Amazon. If you intend to also use your matcha powder for making tea, be sure to purchase high quality matcha.
Matcha (Green Tea) Cookies
Adapted from Amanda K by the Bay
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 1/4 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup matcha powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease your baking sheets (the butter wrappers come in handy for this).
- In your mixer bowl, beat the butter on medium speed until it is light and fluffy (around 2 minutes). Add both of the sugars and continue beating on medium until they are well incorporated.
- Lower the speed and add the eggs one at a time. Pour in the vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, matcha powder and salt. Pour the dry ingredients into your mixer bowl and beat on low speed until well incorporated. Stir in the white chocolate chips.
- Roll tablespoon of dough into balls, pat to flatten them a little and place on cookie sheets 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 12 minutes, until the bottom edges start to turn golden. Remove from the oven, let cool for a few minutes and transfer to wire racks to finish cooling.
- Recipe yields about 3 dozen cookies. Store in an airtight container.