I love everything matcha – from matcha lattes to matcha Kit Kats, I can never get enough. One day, while dipping a chocolate chip cookie into my matcha latte, I had an idea: what if I added matcha to the cookie itself? I did a little background research, and was surprised to find out that as long as the matcha is food-grade, this is a super easy addition to make to a regular chocolate chip cookie recipe! Most matcha packages will have an indication of this (even if the writing is in Japanese, there’s usually a picture of it being used in food that shows it’s baking appropriate).
Matcha isn’t available at most North American grocery stores, so you may have to make a special trip to the Asian grocery store or tea house. The higher quality matcha you use, the greener your cookies will be. In my case, the matcha powder I found didn’t have the big visual impact on my cookies that I was hoping for, so I added a few drops of green food colouring to give them that iconic matcha green look.
This is a great recipe to make year-round, but it’s especially fun to make for St. Patrick’s day! So long, green beer and green pancakes.
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons high-quality matcha powder (suitable for baking)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Green food colouring (optional)
- 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 325° F.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract until creamy (I like to use my electric beater, but you can do this by hand with a whisk or spatula if you don’t have one).
- In a small mixing bowl, sift together flour, matcha powder, baking soda and salt. Gradually mix this in to your sugar mixture.
- If the cookie dough isn’t green enough for your liking, add in a couple drops of food colouring at a time, mixing thoroughly, until you reach your desired matcha green colouring.
- Stir in white chocolate chips.
- Drop by heaping tablespoon onto greased or parchment covered baking sheets, about 2 to 3 inches apart (the cookies will flatten a lot in the baking process).
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.
- Cool on baking sheets for 3 minutes and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.