Matcha chocolate chip cookies are a perfect treat when you want to make something green for an occasion or for St. Patrick's Day. They are soft, delicious, and easy to make at home. Matcha cookies are made with matcha powder which is a fine green powder made from green tea leaves. In addition, it is rich in antioxidants and has been found to have numerous other health benefits.
Green tea cookies are eggless and can be baked in the oven or in the air fryer. They are made without any baking powder or baking soda. Matcha cookies can be made with baking chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, or sugar-free chocolate chips.
They can be made ahead of time and can be stored in an air-tight container for about a week.
Matcha cookies or green tea cookies use very few basic pantry ingredients like butter, sugar, all-purpose flour, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. You can easily substitute all-purpose flour with almond flour to make gluten-free matcha cookies.
The green color of the cookies is because of the matcha powder. Matcha powder is a fine powder made from green tea leaves and hence these cookies are also known as green tea cookies.
Depending on the brand of the matcha powder, the cookies may be less or more green. It is best to use a high-quality matcha powder of culinary grade for optimum results. Also, to ensure that the cookies hold their color on storing, store them in an air-tight container.
I use unsalted butter and it must be at room temperature so you can keep the butter stick outside the fridge for a few hours. If you do not have unsalted butter, you can substitute it with the salted butter and skip the salt.
Chocolate chips add sweetness and chocolatey flavor to the cookies and you can adjust the quantity as per your preference. I have tried making these cookies with baking chocolate chips and also the ones made with stevia. Both of them turn out good and taste great!
How to make matcha chocolate chip cookies?
It is really very easy to make matcha chocolate chip cookies at home. Before you start making the cookie dough, ensure that the butter is soft and at room temperature. It can also be softened in the microwave by heating it for about 20-30 seconds.
In a large bowl, whip the butter with a hand blender using the whisk attachment or in the stand mixer using the wire attachment until the butter is light and fluffy. Add sugar and continue to beat the butter and sugar mixture until the mixture is fluffy.
Add matcha powder, salt, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, and chocolate chips and mix well. You can use the flat beater attachment of the stand mixer to make the cookie dough or bind it with your hands.
Once the matcha cookie dough is made, preheat the oven to 350° F with the rack at the middle level. In the meantime, divide the dough into equal parts of about 30 grams each, roll them into a ball and flatten them by pressing slightly and place them on a parchment paper-lined in the baking tray.
Place the tray in the oven and bake the matcha cookies for about 15 minutes until the edges start turning golden brown. Remove the tray from the oven and allow the cookies to cool down before transferring or they can crumble and break.
Cooking matcha cookie recipe in air fryer
Matcha cookies can easily be cooked in the air fryer, especially if you are planning to cook a small batch or if you are baking something else in your oven.
Since the air fryer is small and the heat circulates in a smaller area, the cookies need a lower temperature of 330 °F to bake. While you are making balls from the cookie dough, preheat the air fryer to 330 °F.
Make balls of about 30 grams each, flatten them by pressing slightly and place them in the air fryer basket on parchment paper. Air fry the cookies for about 8 minutes until the edges start turning golden brown.
Remove the air fryer basket and allow the cookies to cool down completely before transferring.
Matcha cookies can be stored in an air-tight container for about a week. If left open or exposed to air, they can lose some green color and turn brown. So to ensure they retain their color, store them in an air-tight container.
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Matcha Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Convection Oven
- ½ cup Butter (unsalted, at room temperature)
- ½ cup Organic cane sugar
- 1 tablespoon Matcha Powder
- ⅛ teaspoon Salt
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp All-purpose flour (150 grams)
- 1 cup Semi sweet Chocolate Chips
- ¼ teaspoon Vanilla extract
- Whip the butter with a hand blender or a stand mixer. (use the wire attachment).
- Add sugar and continue to whisk until the mixture is fluffy.
- Add matcha powder, salt, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, and chocolate chips and mix well.
Baking in oven
- Preheat oven to 350° F with the rack at middle level.
- Make balls of about 30 grams each, flatten them by pressing slightly and place on a parchment paper lined in the baking tray.
- Place the baking tray in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes until the edges start turning golden brown.
- Remove the tray from the oven and allow the cookies to cool down.
Baking in the air fryer
- Preheat the air fryer to 330 °F.
- Make balls of about 30 grams each, flatten them by pressing slightly and place them in the air fryer basket on a parchment paper.
- Air fry the cookies for 8 minutes until the edges start turning golden brown.
- Remove the air fryer basket and allow the cookies to cool down completely before transferring.
- To make it vegan, you can use vegan butter.
- To make it gluten-free, replace the all-purpose flour with 1 ¼ cup (140 grams) almond flour.
- For consistent results, weigh the flour instead of measuring by a cup (click on "metric" units under the ingredient list)
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