Matcha is Japanese green tea powder that has become quite popular in the US due to its many health benefits and great flavor. Matcha is very high in antioxidants and is said to boosts memory and concentration, increases energy levels, burn calories and detoxify the body. I’m not sure exactly how these health benefits translate when you bake it into chocolate chip cookies, but the flavor remains!
I have been a fan of matcha for a while, but until now hadn’t purchased it. World Market sent me a $10 coupon for my birthday so I decided to treat myself to a bag of maeda-en’s Matcha Booster + Genmai. The genmai is roasted rice which is added to compliment the flavor of the matcha. It gives it a toasted flavor that I’m not sure I really like, next time I personally will opt for the matcha without the genmai.
Most commonly matcha is consumed as a drink in the form of a hot or iced tea or latte. But lately I have been seen it popping up in lots of baked goods, so I decided to give it a try in these cookies.The flavor of the matcha really sticks even after it is baked, it is a powerful flavor. I rarely choose milk chocolate over dark, but with the strong, earthy flavor of the matcha I felt it made the best compliment.
These cookies come together quickly and bake up in only 10 minutes. There is no need to refrigerate the dough prior to baking.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 tbs matcha powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In the bowl of an electric mixer beat butter with brown and white sugar until fluffy
- Add egg, beat until combined
- Add vanilla, mix
- In a seperate bowl combine flour, matcha, baking soda and sea salt
- Slowly add dry mix to the butter mixture, beat on low until fully combined
- Fold in milk chocolate chips
- Roll dough into balls and place on baking sheet
- Bake 10-12 minutes
They are best enjoyed with a matcha latte 🙂