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Matcha Spelt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Biscuits | 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.


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Matcha Spelt Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
27 mins
A healthy and not too sweet take on chocolate chip cookies with an intriguing green tea flavour from the matcha.
Author: Choclette
  • 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)
  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 180°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.


  1. Anne Szadorska

    10th January 2015 at 8:40 pm

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

    • Choclette Blogger

      11th January 2015 at 11:40 am

      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.

  2. Karen Monkeyfooted Mummy

    10th January 2015 at 9:04 pm

    The cookies sound fab, a great grab and go if you are in a rush (always) I’ve not tried matcha yet…

    • Choclette Blogger

      11th January 2015 at 11:41 am

      Haha, you and me both Karen. Matcha is definitely worth trying – at least once 🙂

  3. Janice Pattie

    10th January 2015 at 10:13 pm

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

    • Choclette Blogger

      11th January 2015 at 11:43 am

      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.

  4. belleau kitchen

    11th January 2015 at 11:05 am

    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…

    • Choclette Blogger

      11th January 2015 at 11:43 am

      Haha, matching kitchen and cookies Dom – doesn’t that mean you need blue cookies?

  5. lisa prince

    11th January 2015 at 12:26 pm

    i have never even heard of matcha never mind tried them , sounds delightful though will have ot give these a try

    • Choclette Blogger

      12th January 2015 at 5:25 pm

      Ah well, now you’ve heard of matcha, you can become super healthy lisa 😉

  6. Sylvia F.

    11th January 2015 at 1:11 pm

    What a great idea to add matcha to cookies! Must try 🙂 x

  7. Awesome Before Autism

    11th January 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Love the sound of the cookies !! Deffo trying those !

    Rachael , from –

    • Choclette Blogger

      12th January 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you. Do let me know how you get on if you do make them.

  8. Angie Schneider

    11th January 2015 at 7:29 pm

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

    • Choclette Blogger

      12th January 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Oh yes me to Angie. I’ve been using spelt flour for years.

  9. Jane Sarchet

    12th January 2015 at 11:01 am

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

    • Choclette Blogger

      12th January 2015 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks Janie. if there were any left, you’d be able to indulge in one too.

  10. GG

    12th January 2015 at 1:25 pm

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

    • Choclette Blogger

      12th January 2015 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks GG, I’m not quite sure how I got on before I discovered cardamom sugar 😉

  11. pinkoddy

    12th January 2015 at 8:59 pm

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

    • Choclette Blogger

      13th January 2015 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks pinkoddy – always happy to spread the matcha word 😉

  12. Kate Glutenfreealchemist

    12th January 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Cooking and baking with matcha and other teas seems to be huge at the moment! I really MUST try it!!!

  13. Nicola Fraser

    12th January 2015 at 9:03 pm

    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

    • Choclette Blogger

      13th January 2015 at 8:42 pm

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

  14. Emmyw

    12th January 2015 at 9:06 pm

    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 🙂

  15. helen at Casa Costello

    12th January 2015 at 11:04 pm

    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

    • Choclette Blogger

      13th January 2015 at 8:44 pm

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

  16. Bintu Hardy

    13th January 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Healthy and sweet in one big mouthful. Yes please

  17. The Caked Crusader

    14th January 2015 at 7:07 pm

    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.

    • Choclette Blogger

      15th January 2015 at 1:23 pm

      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.

  18. Baking Addict

    18th January 2015 at 9:27 pm

    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.

    • Choclette Blogger

      20th January 2015 at 9:32 am

      Oh, a revival is a must Ros. If it wasn’t so expensive, I’d bake with it more often.

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