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Matcha White Chocolate 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 love matcha 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 really works!

Matcha can be a bit bitter and does have a slightly grassy flavour, especially if you aren’t used to it. But when you mix it with the sweet cookie dough and combine with the white chocolate, the bitterness is balanced.

The end result is a delightfully chewy cookie with a slight green tea flavour. The addition of the white chocolate give 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.

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

Ingredients

  • Butter – I use salted butter for this recipe, but you can use unsalted butter and add 1/4 tsp of salt when you add the dry ingredients.
  • Sugar – Just plain white 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 chips, you can use 2 chopped white chocolate baking squares instead.

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, eggs, sugar and vanilla
  • 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 to keep them uniform.
  • Mix 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of matcha in a small bowl.
  • Roll the cookie balls in the sugar mixture and place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then move to a cooling rack
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If you aren’t used to the flavour of matcha, 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. You want the cookies to be slightly set, but still soft as they will firm up as they cool.

Stack of cookies on a white plate

FAQS

What type of matcha powder is best?

I use a ceremonial grade matcha as I always have that on hand. However, you can use a cooking grade matcha. Some cooking grade matches may have less flavour, or be a bit more bitter so you may need to add a bit more or less, depending on how strong you want the tea flavour 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! In fact, these cookies freeze very well and taste great straight from the freezer. Simply store in a zip lock bag or air tight container.

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

If you like this recipe you might also like:

Chewy salted caramel cookies

Chocolate chunk cookie brownie bars

Old fashioned lemon squares

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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.
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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 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 3/4 Cup Flour all purpose
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 2 tsp Cream of tartar
  • 1 Tbsp Matcha powder
  • 1/2 Cup White chocolate chips

Sugar coating

  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Matcha powder

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 tbsp of sugar and 1/4 tsp 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

Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 193IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
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