This matcha cookie recipe is a fun new take on an old classic. They’re packed with butterscotch, old fashioned oats, and of course MATCHA!Jump to Recipe
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What is Matcha?
Mat cha Mat cha Maaaaan, I want to be a matcha cookie man. If this blog thing doesn’t work out I’m going into jingles. Right!?
Matcha is a type of finely ground green tea that originated in Japan. It is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, the same plant used to produce all types of tea, including black, green, and oolong.
However, unlike other types of tea, which are made by steeping the leaves in hot water, matcha is made by grinding the whole leaves into a fine powder.
Matcha is grown and processed before being harvested. The tea plants are shaded from the sun for several weeks, which increases the chlorophyll content in the leaves and gives them a deep green color.
Then the leaves are then hand-picked, steamed, and dried before being ground into a fine powder.
Matcha has a distinctive bright green color and a smooth, umami flavor. It is traditionally prepared by whisking the powder with hot water to create a frothy, creamy beverage.
It’s also a common ingredient in baked goods, like this matcha cookie recipe!
Matcha vs Coffee
I know we’re talking about a matcha cookie recipe here, but I thought a little matcha coffee battle would be fun. Personally, coffee gives me the jitters but I like the flavor better. But here are some actual differences that aren’t based on my fickle tastebuds.
One of the key differences between matcha and coffee is the way they are prepared. When you drink matcha, you are consuming the entire tea leaf, which means that it has a higher concentration of nutrients and antioxidants compared to coffee.
These compounds can help to protect cells in the body from damage caused by free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Crickets coming from the coffee corner…
Matcha also has been shown to have a positive effect on mood and cognitive function. The combination of caffeine and the amino acid L-theanine, which is present in matcha, may help to improve mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and enhance mental clarity and focus. No jitters baby!
Coffee bounces off the ropes and takes a heavy swing reminding all of us that its flavor is so freaking good! “It’s the best part of waking up” screams coffee.
Matcha ducks, dodges the blow, and lands a knock out hit with this little tid bit. Some studies have suggested that the antioxidants present in matcha may help to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Matcha Cookie Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to make this matcha cookie recipe.
- Matcha: You should be able to find matcha in most grocery stores. However, I found it a lot cheaper on amazon. Heres a link to the stuff that we use, Matcha Powder.
- Sugar: Brown & granulated sugar IN the matcha cookie and confectioners sugar ONTOP of the matcha cookie. Everyone should be well rounded when it comes to sugar 😉
- Butter, Eggs & Flour: Pretty standard baking ingredients here, nothing crazy. Butter, baking soda, all purpose flour and chicken eggs.
- Butterscotch: I know I should say matcha is the star of this matcha cookie recipe, but let’s be honest, the butterscotch is king. But he’s a fair king and shares his throne with the oats and matcha.
- Oats: Just some good old fashioned oats. We use the tried and true quaker brand.
- Spices: Little cinnamon and a little salt round out the matcha cookie ingredients.
How to Make a Matcha Cookie
Follow these steps to make this matcha cookie recipe.
Step 1: Make Matcha Cookie Dough
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the matcha powder, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In large bowl or your standup mixer bowl, combine and beat the sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and the butter.
Slowly add the matcha flour mixture to the butter mixture. Then stir in the butterscotch chips and oats.
Step 2: Bake Matcha Cookie Dough
Use a heaping Tbsp to make dough balls. Place the dough balls onto the baking sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are lightly golden.
Step 3: Cool and Dust Matcha Cookie
Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
In a small bowl mix together 2 Tbsp’s of powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp of matcha powder. Lightly transfer the mixture to a sieve and hold over top of the cooled cookies. Tap the side of the sieve once or twice over each cookie.
If you don’t wait for the matcha cookies to cool the powdered sugar will melt.
Step 4: Stuff Matcha Cookie into Face Hole
You read that right. Now stuff a matcha cookie down your throat! Feed your faces until the last matcha cookie is gone! Or have one and give the rest away to your neighbors because you’re already concerned with how many sweets you eat on a daily basis.
Matcha Cookie Storage
If there is a matcha cookie leftover, they can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for several days, or in the refrigerator for up to a week.
To keep the matcha cookies fresh and prevent them from drying out, it is a good idea to place a piece of parchment paper or wax paper between the layers of cookies.
If you would like to store the matcha cookies for a longer period of time, you can freeze them in an airtight container for up to three months.
To thaw frozen matcha cookies, simply remove them from the freezer and let them come to room temperature, or place them in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.
More Matcha Recipes
Love matcha cookies and want to find more ways to use that awesome green powder? Here are some of our other matcha recipes for you to try!
If you’re like Frankie and can never have enough sweets, try our Matcha Brownies with Almonds and Chocolate Chunks. Or try our White Chocolate Chip Matcha Cookies with Macadamia Nuts.
Or drink your matcha with this Matcha Latte Recipe. And Keep sipping with this Blueberry Mango Matcha Smoothie Recipe.
We hope you enjoy and please let us know what our think! Cheers y’all!
Is it OK to drink matcha everyday?
Sure, its generally safe to drink matcha as part of a healthy diet.
Is matcha stronger than caffeine?
No. Matcha does contain caffeine but it usually contains less caffeine than coffee, but more caffeine than other types of tea. It can vary with matcha brand and grade.
Does matcha have a lot of caffeine?
One cup of coffee usually has around 100-200 milligrams of caffeine, while one cup of matcha typically has around 30-60 milligrams of caffeine.
Why matcha is better than coffee anxiety?
Some studies have found that matcha has a positive effect on mood and cognitive function. The combination of caffeine and the amino acid L-theanine, which is present in matcha, may help to improve mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and enhance mental clarity and focus. Peep the deets here.
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