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Matcha Spelt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Biscuits, Tea | 10th January 2015 | By

Matcha Cookies

As some of you may know, I’ve been drinking matcha for the last few days. I’m taking part in the teapigs #MatchaChallenge which involves consuming half a teaspoon of this amazing green tea every day for two weeks. High time to have a change from just drinking matcha and get baking with it too, I reckoned. I wanted to make something that was portable, would fit in a lunch box and was not too unhealthy. Matcha biscuits with spelt flour and dark chocolate chips were my solution to this conundrum. Rather than incorporate chocolate throughout, I chose the chips so the beautiful green colour could shine through.

As soon as I started creaming the butter and sugar, I realised I should have used coconut oil and rapadura instead. This would have given an even healthier and no less delicious new year matcha cookie. Oh well, next time.

Matcha Chocolate Cookies

The biscuits turned out just as I’d hoped, crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle with a lovely green hue to them. Annoyingly, I couldn’t get this to show in the photographs. There was no mistaking the matcha flavour which went well with the dark chocolate. The spelt gave a slight nuttiness and bizarrely the biscuits almost tasted of peanut butter. Manageing to eat two and half large cookies to get my required half teaspoon, was a little much, even for me; a hot cup of matcha tea remedied the situation.

Tea Time Treats has gone off piste this month and is actually all about lunch boxes rather than a groaning tea table. These biscuits (or cookies if you prefer) work well, both in a lunch box and for tea. CT can attest to both. Hosted this month by Janie over at The Hedge Combers, Karen of Lavender and Lovage will be taking a keen interest too.

With matcha to the fore, I reckon these qualify for this month’s Treat Petite, which is all about Healthy Treats. This is hosted by Cakeyboi alternating with The Baking Explorer.

Innovation and Discoveries is the theme for The Biscuit Barrel this month. Having felt rather forlorn last month when I baked something for this challenge, only to find it wasn’t there, I am now super excited to find that Alexandra over at The Lass in the Apron is holding the fort whilst Laura from I’d Much Rather Bake Than … finishes off her degree. Very sensible.

 

Matcha Spelt Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 15
A healthy and not too sweet take on chocolate chip cookies with an intriguing green tea flavour from the matcha.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
27 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
27 min
Ingredients
  1. 100g unsalted butter
  2. 100g golden caster sugar (I used cardamom sugar)
  3. 1 large egg (I used a duck egg)
  4. 100g light muscovado sugar
  5. 150g flour (I used half wholemeal spelt, half white)
  6. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  7. pinch of Himalayan pink rock salt
  8. 3 tsp matcha
  9. 75g 70% dark chocolate buttons (or chopped)
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in the egg.
  3. Sift in the flour, baking powder, salt and matcha. Stir until just combined.
  4. Stir in the chocolate.
  5. Leave in a cool place to firm up a little.
  6. Place tablespoons of batter onto a lined baking tray (I made 15) and form into a rough circle.
  7. Bake at 180Ā°C for about 12 minutes or until the cookies are firm. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.
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    Anne Szadorska
    10th January 2015

    Love the sound of the cardamom sugar, do you just mix and leave like making vanilla sugar?

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      Choclette Blogger
      11th January 2015

      Yes Anna. Leave a good handful of cardamom pods in a jar of sugar and just keep topping up. it gives it a gorgeous citrus scent and a subtle flavour.

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    Janice Pattie
    10th January 2015

    You couldn’t manage two cookies? You are slipping, lol! I’m enjoying seeing your experiments with matcha, pushing the boundaries.

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      Choclette Blogger
      11th January 2015

      Thanks Janice. You know me, I like experimenting, but I have to say it was more fun with matcha a few years ago, when it was less familiar than it is now – here in the UK at least.

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    belleau kitchen
    11th January 2015

    oooh, matcha cookies, I love these… love the subtle green colour too, they’d go so well with my kitchen which is always important in a cookie I find…

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    Angie Schneider
    11th January 2015

    I love the combo of green tea and chocolate and you used my favourite grain in these cookies…absolutely amazing!

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    Jane Sarchet
    12th January 2015

    Oooh, they look gooood! And you’re right, just perfect for a lunch box Tea Time Treat too!
    Thanks so much for sharing Choclette šŸ™‚
    Janie x

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    GG
    12th January 2015

    This is a perfect way of using Match. They sound delicious and of course with a hint of cardamom, really lovely. GG

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    pinkoddy
    12th January 2015

    I have never heard of it before and these sound like great lunch box fillers.

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    Nicola Fraser
    12th January 2015

    They look yummy and I thought they had a slight green tint in the picture but I thought it was my eye until I read that

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      Choclette Blogger
      13th January 2015

      Oh thank you Nicola, I’m so glad you spotted the green – they looked much greener in reality šŸ™‚

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    Emmyw
    12th January 2015

    Wow these sound delish! I’m no stranger to matcha, I’ve been drinking (and cooking with) it for years but I’ve never cooked with spelt before! Thanks for sharing šŸ™‚

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    helen at Casa Costello
    12th January 2015

    Ooh I bet you were thrilled with that green hue in your biscuits! I keep seeing your Matcha challenge around the internet – Impressed with your dedication (as I sit down with an English Breakfast Tea at 11pm!) x

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      Choclette Blogger
      13th January 2015

      Ah, last day today Helen. It’s not really a hardship as I like it and have never really got on with ‘normal’ tea.

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    The Caked Crusader
    14th January 2015

    Aren’t they a brill colour? I am surprised just how much I love matcha in baked items, given that I don’t enjoy it as a drink.

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      Choclette Blogger
      15th January 2015

      Well I thought so CC, but I couldn’t get the camera to reflect it. I do like the tea, but I love matcha in baking.

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    Baking Addict
    18th January 2015

    These sound delicious! It’s been a long while (few years) since I’ve baked with matcha so I think a revival is in order. Love that you’ve used spelt and added in chocolate (of course!) Must give this a try.

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