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Matcha White Chocolate Cookies (Green Tea Cookies)

Matcha white chocolate cookies, with a light green tea flavour and dotted with white chocolate chips, are reminiscent of a matcha latte in the form of a chewy cookie. If you are a matcha lover, these cookies are for you.

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I know it may seem a bit strange to add green tea to cookies, but I’m telling you that this combination works!

Matcha can be a bit bitter and does have a slightly grassy, earthy flavour, especially if you aren’t used to it.

But when this Japanese green tea powder is combined with sweet flavours in baked goods, like these cookies or this delightful matcha cake, the bitterness is balanced, leaving you with a dessert that is wonderfully delicious.

These chewy cookies have a slight green tea flavour and a pretty bright green colour. Adding the white chocolate gives these cookies a bit of creaminess, and I’m reminded of a frothy matcha latte.

Why this recipe works

Dotted with white chocolate chips, these cookies are reminiscent of a matcha latte. You get a nice green tea flavour with a bit of sweetness.

Coated with a bit of sugar and additional matcha powder, you get a slightly crisp outside, while the cream of tartar keeps these cookies nice and chewy.

The texture of these cookies is similar to a snickerdoodle with their chewy texture, crinkly top and sweet sugar coating. If you want a bit of crunch, they are excellent with a few macadamia nuts as well.

Stack of cookies on a white plate with a bite out of one cookie

Ingredients & Substitutions

For a complete list of ingredients see the printable recipe at the bottom of this post.

  • Butter – I use salted butter for this recipe, but you can use unsalted butter and add ¼ teaspoon of salt when you add the dry ingredients.
  • Sugar – Just plain white granulated sugar for this recipe.
  • 2 Large eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Cream of tartar – this gives these cookies their chewy texture
  • Matcha powder – I use a good quality ceremonial matcha, but you can use a cooking grade or your favourite matcha.
  • White chocolate chips – If you don’t have chocolate chips, you can use two chopped white chocolate baking squares, white chocolate chunks, or a chopped white chocolate bar instead.

Step by Step Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, eggs, sugar and vanilla using an electric mixer or stand mixer.
  • Add the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and matcha and mix until well-blended
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Form cookies into balls, about 1.5 inches. I use a cookie scoop or small ice cream scoop to keep them uniform.
  • Mix 2 tablespoons of sugar and ¼ teaspoon of matcha in a small bowl.
  • Roll the cookie dough balls in the sugar mixture and place them on the baking sheet 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges of the cookies feel set.  For soft cookies with a slightly gooey center, and crisp edges, you want to bake for the least amount of time.  They will continue to set as they cool
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then move to a cooling rack.
Collage of photos showing process to make cookies

If you aren’t used to the earthy flavor of matcha, or are trying it for the first time, you may want to start with using only a teaspoon of matcha powder in the dough and skip the addition of the tea in the coating.

Cook Time

These cookies bake quickly. They will take 10-12 minutes, depending on your oven. For the perfect cookie, you want to pull them out of the oven when they are slightly set but still soft, as they will firm up as they cool.

Storage

You can store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

They also freeze very well.  You can wrap them tightly in plastic wrap, or store in a freezer-safe container.  Layer the cookies, placing a piece of wax or parchment paper between the layers to prevent them from sticking together.

They thaw fairly quickly, so remove a few as needed.  The best part is that they also taste great frozen. 

You can also prepare and freeze unbaked cookie dough.  Form the dough into balls and place in a single layer on a parchment or silicone-lined baking sheet.  Freeze the cookies for about an hour until they feel solid, then move them to an airtight container.  

When you are ready to bake, remove as many frozen dough balls as you like and bake as directed, adding 2-3 minutes to the bake time.

Looking for some other ways to use your matcha powder? Try this matcha green tea frappe or this matcha green tea mochi.

Stack of cookies on a white plate

Top Tips and FAQS

  • For soft, chewy cookies with a crinkly top, be sure not to over bake. They will feel soft when you remove them from the oven, but they will firm up.
  • Start with softened, but not melted butter. Soft butter should be at room temperature and yield slightly when pressed with your finger.
What type or matcha powder is best?

I use a ceremonial grade matcha, which I always have. However, you can use a culinary-grade matcha powder. Some cooking grade matches may have less flavour or be a bit more bitter, so you may need to add more or less, depending on how strong you want the green tea flavor to be.

All matcha grades will be a bit different in colour, so your cookies may turn out more or less green depending on what you use.

Can I freeze these cookies?

Absolutely! These green tea cookies freeze very well and taste great from the freezer. Store in a zip lock bag or air-tight container.

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Printable Recipe

Stack of cookies on a white plate with a bite out of one cookie

Matcha White Chocolate Cookies

Matcha white chocolate cookies have a light green tea flavour and are dotted with white chocolate. They are like a matcha latte in a chewy cookie.
4.77 from 13 votes
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 36
Calories: 134kcal
Author: Deanna

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Salted butter softened
  • 1 ½ Cup Sugar
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 ¾ Cup Flour all purpose
  • 1 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon Cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon Matcha powder
  • ½ Cup White chocolate chips

Sugar coating

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until fluffy
    Butter and sugar creamed together in a bowl
  • Add the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and matcha powder and mix until well combined
  • Stir in the chocolate chips
    Chocolate chips added to cookie dough
  • Mix 2 tablespoon of sugar and ¼ teaspoon of matcha powder in a small bowl
  • Form the dough into 2 inch balls and roll in the sugar mixture
  • Place cookie balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper leaving a couple inches between them
    Unbaked cookie dough balls on a baking sheet
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until cookies are slightly set. They will still feel soft
    baked cookies on a baking sheet
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes then move to a cooling rack

Nutrition

Estimated Nutrition Facts
Matcha White Chocolate Cookies
Amount per Serving
Calories
134
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
6
g
9
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Sodium
 
87
mg
4
%
Carbohydrates
 
18
g
6
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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