These are some gown up cookies right here. Don’t get me wrong, kids will love them, but I certainly didn’t have matcha cookies growing up. The white chocolate balances the matcha perfectly and the macadamia nut add a great texture pop. Yum!Jump to Recipe
“Caffeinated cookies! Sign me up”-Frankie
WTF is Matcha!?
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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 these matcha cookies!
Matcha comes in three different grades. Ceremonial, Premium, and Culinary.
Ceremonial grade matcha is the highest quality matcha available. It’s used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies and it’s made from the youngest and most tender leaves of the tea plant.
Ceremonial grade matcha is bright green and has a delicate, sweet taste.
Premium grade matcha is also a high quality matcha. It’s still made from young leaves, but its ground using a different method and has a slightly less vibrant green color. It has a more robust flavor and is often used to make lattes, smoothies, and other drinks.
Then we have culinary grade matcha. Its the lowest quality of matcha powder and it’s made from the older leaves and is not as finely ground as ceremonial or premium grade.
Culinary grade matcha has a more muted green color and a stronger, more vegetal taste. This is the stuff most folks will use for baking.
Matcha Cookies Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to make these matcha cookies.
- Matcha Powder: 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.
- Chocolate: White chocolate and matcha are a match made in heaven.
- Nuts: White chocolate chips and macadamia nut cookies are good to begin with, now with a kick of matcha, even better.
- Sugar: We’ll use brown sugar as well as normal granulated sugar for these matcha cookies.
- Vanilla Extract: around a tsp.
- Butter, egg, flour: Pretty standard baking ingredients here, nothing crazy. Butter, baking soda, baking powder, salt, all purpose flour and chicken eggs.
How to Make a Matcha Cookies
Follow these steps to make this matcha cookie recipe.
Step 1: Make Matcha Butter
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Put 1/4 cup & 2 Tbsp of the granulated sugar in a small bowl and set aside.
In a saucepan oven low to medium heat, melt the butter. Slowly add the matcha powder and use a rubber spatula to stir until smooth.
Remove the mixture from heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
Step 2: Mix Ingredients
In a large mixing bowl combine the brown sugar, salt, and the remaining granulated sugar. Then pour the matcha butter in and mix everything together.
Use your spatula to make sure you get all the matcha butter out of the skillet. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until smooth.
Add the baking powder, baking soda, and flour. Mix until everything is combined, do not over mix.
Step 3: Make Matcha Dough Balls
Make the dough balls. Each one should be roughly 2 Tbsps. Roll the dough balls in the reserved granulated sugar bowl and then place on a greased baking sheet or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Step 4: Bake Matcha Cookies
Bake for 17-18 minutes. When the cookies are slightly golden and cracked on top they are done. Remove them from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet.
Storing Matcha Cookies
If there are matcha cookies leftover, they can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for several days, or in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Furthermore, 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.
When you want to thaw your 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
Do you love matcha cookies and want to find more ways to use that awesome green powder? Well here are some of our other matcha recipes for you to try!
Now if you’re like Frankie and can never have enough sweets, try our Matcha Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies. Or try our Matcha Brownies w/ Almonds and Chocolate Chunks.
In addition to sweets, we also go drinks! Try our 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. Furthermore, 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?
Studies have found that matcha has a positive effect on mood and cognitive function. Furthermore, 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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