Sweet Matcha Cookies Recipe

The following pictorial for sweet matcha cookies recipe is an inspiration from Phillbury’s double chocolate chip cookies recipe.  Little Grace and I love any dessert with Japanese matcha (green tea) flavor and hope you like this recipe.   I’m hoping by documenting our step-by-step with visual aids will help us make the cookies with a consistent texture but so far, sometimes the cookies will have a nice crackling chewy texture, sometimes it doesn’t.  It all still taste good.

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • bake time: 20 minutes
  • Servings: 2 large dozens or 3 small dozens

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Ingredients:

Part A: 

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) semi melted-softened unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp Maeda-en matcha powder*
  • 1 large egg

*Sometimes we substitute matcha powder with two packages of Ito-En Sweet Matcha Powder

Part B: 

  • 2 cups of All Purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup of Ghirardelli classic white chips

Notes:

  • Use the whip attachment on the Kitchen Aide standing mixer to beat the cookie mixture.
  • Use pure green tea powder to get a more intense matcha flavor. When using the green tea powder, the natural color will appear a darker green.  The Ito-En Sweetened matcha powder only contains 15% green tea powder.
  • I do not recommend to decrease the sugar and butter measurements.  I tried that and did not achieve the chewy soft and buttery taste and we didn’t like the texture either.
  • Butter – If the butter is heated and melting hot, then chill the cookie dough in the fridge for at least 20 minutes or else the cookie batter formed into balls will flattened.

Direction:

1.  Heat oven to 375’F.  Gather the ingredients.Matcha Cookies 122619 step1

2.  Combine Part A ingredients except for the egg into the standing mixer bowl.  That’s the sugar, semi melted-soft butter, shortening, milk, vanilla extract, and matcha powder.  Beat on speed 5 until light and fluffy.Matcha Cookies 122619 (6).JPG

3.  Beat in egg until blended.Sweet Matcha Cookies 090418 (11)

4.  Stir flour, salt, and baking soda in medium bowl.  Sweet Matcha Cookies 090418 (4)

5.  Gradually pour flour mixture into the creamed matcha mixture on speed 8 until just blended.Sweet Matcha Cookies 090418 (13)

6.  Add in the white chips.  Beat on speed 6 for about 15 seconds to mix the white chips into the cookie dough.  Sometimes we would place the white chips on the dough balls at the end before baking. Matcha Cookies 122619 (20)

7.  Scoop the cookie dough out of the mixing bowl and into a medium bowl. Cover and chill the cookie dough in the fridge for about twenty minutes.  We do this if the butter were completely melted instead of semi soft.  In previous attempts, we used semi softed butter and didn’t chilled the dough to make the crackling textured cookies. But I’m not sure if that’s the reason that created the crackling texture or not.  Matcha Cookies 122619 (22)

8.  Drop by rounded balls (Tablespoon or goftball size) 3 inches apart onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper.Matcha Cookies 122619 (23)

8.  I tested the baking time and find that baking these cookies at 375 degrees F for 9 to 10 minutes will give you the best soft and chewy cookies with a slight crispness on the edge.Matcha Cookies 122619 (26)Sweet Matcha Cookies 090418 (27)

9.  Cool cookies on cooking rack. Enjoy!Sweet Matcha Cookies 090418 enjoy

Note:  The next day, I wanted to make more green tea cookies but felt guilty using so much sugar and butter.  So we tried using the recipe, but with only 1/4 butter and 3/4 cup of packed BROWN sugar while other ingredients stay the same.  The texture of the cookies were dry and lacks sweetness.  It wasn’t buttery and chewy at all. I’ll stick to the original recipe I had yesterday.

Here’s a flashback when little Grace and I attempted to make green tea cookies for the first time using Mrs. Tran’s recipe which resulted in dry and somewhat bitter matcha cookies.

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