A healthier and not too sweet take on chocolate chip cookies with an intriguing green tea flavour. I give you this recipe for matcha spelt chocolate chip 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. But it now feels like it’s time for a change from just drinking matcha. I want to bake with it too. I thought I’d 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 the biscuits, I chose chips so the beautiful green matcha colour could shine through. The photos don’t really show the green, but it was very much there.
Matcha Spelt Chocolate Chip Cookies
As soon as I started creaming the butter and sugar for these matcha spelt chocolate chip cookies, 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.
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. 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 green tea remedied the situation.
Other Matcha Recipes You Might Like
- Christmas butter biscuits
- Christmas chocolate bark
- Greenies aka matcha blondies
- Matcha green tea cheesecake pots
- Matcha madeleines
- Spelt scones with matcha
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Matcha Spelt Chocolate Chip Cookies – The Recipe
Matcha Spelt Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 100 g unsalted butter
- 100 g golden caster sugar (I used cardamom sugar)
- 1 large egg (I used a duck egg)
- 100 g light muscovado sugar
- 150 g flour (I used half wholemeal spelt, half white)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- pinch of Himalayan pink rock salt
- 3 tsp matcha
- 75 g 70% dark chocolate buttons (or chopped chocolate)
- Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the egg.
- Sift in the flour, baking powder, salt and matcha. Stir until just combined.
- Stir in the chocolate.
- Leave in a cool place to firm up a little.
- Place tablespoons of batter onto a lined baking tray (I made 15) and form into a rough circle.
- Bake at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) 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.
Tea Time Treats has gone off piste this month and is actually all about lunch boxes rather than a groaning tea table. These matcha spelt chocolate chip cookies work well, both in a lunch box and for afternoon tea. CT can attest to both. It’s hosted this month by Janie over at The Hedge Combers, but 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.