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White chocolate chip matcha cookies

Matcha, stone ground green tea, is popular all over the world and is most famous in Japan. In Japan, they used the matcha tea for their tea ceremony — an important part of Japanese culture.

Matcha is different from other teas in two key ways. The tea is shade-grown three weeks before harvesting and the stems of the tea plant are removed during the processing stage. The special green tea has become a worldwide phenomenon. While I was traveling through the country, I could easily find dishes representing the green tea in one way or another — whether that be savory dumplings drizzled with a matcha sauce, or soft serve ice cream as green as can be. The taste is subtle and slightly sweet. Matcha makes a great ingredient to a multitude of dishes.

If the taste alone wasn’t enough to persuade you, matcha is rich with antioxidants. Try this international, up-and-coming ingredient in a classic and delicious cookie recipe inspired by Salu Salo Recipes.

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1 tablespoon of matcha green tea powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 cup of brown sugar

3/4 cup of melted butter

1/2 cup of sugar

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

1 egg

1 egg yolk

1 1/2 cups of white chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease baking sheets.

2. In a bowl, add the flour, matcha, baking soda and salt. Mix until combined.

3. Beat in the brown sugar, butter and sugar in a larger and separate bowl until blended. Add the vanilla and eggs until it comes to a creamy consistency.

4. Take the dry mixture and add to the butter mixture. Mix until combined.

5. Stir in the white chocolate chips.

6. With a spoon, drop the cookie dough onto the greased baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes or until they begin to brown at the edges.

Written by Victoria Petersen

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