My love affair with matcha started a long time ago. At first, I used it just to make matcha tea, but then I realized that matcha can be used in so many recipes, sweet and savory!
The reason I love adding matcha to desserts is not only because of the beautiful vibrant green color but also because matcha helps balance out overly rich flavors in many different recipes.
Brownies are an amazing dessert, but they can definitely be a bit too sweet at times! So, adding matcha to the brownies balances out the sweetness and creates a truly delightful dessert!
What Is The Best Matcha For Baking?
When I first discovered matcha, it was admittedly pretty hard to find any, and I could only in Japanese stores. As matcha grew more and more popular (and I am glad it did!), it became more easily accessible.
Now, however, not all matcha is the same; there are different versions and grades.
I remember the first time I baked with matcha, my dessert turned into some weird brownish color!
I wondered what I did wrong, and I discovered that I used the wrong type of matcha. To avoid that, here are some of the matcha grades and which are the best for baking.
Matcha is usually available in 3 grades:
- Ceremonial: This is the highest grade of matcha and, as the name says, it is used in ceremonies. Because of its vibrant color, this matcha will make your desserts look astonishing. Still, this is a very expensive type of matcha and if you use this variety, make sure you use it sparingly.
- Premium: This is my favorite and the one I used in the matcha brownie recipe. This is the next highest grade of matcha available. The taste of this matcha is excellent and the color is vibrant, although not concentrated as the ceremonial grade matcha.
- Culinary: This is the cheapest and most common matcha to find in the store. While this matcha is more affordable, the flavor is more bitter and the color has a dull shade of green.
So, ultimately I would recommend either ceremonial or premium-grade matcha. Although these two varieties are more expensive than the culinary-grade matcha, they do feature a bolder flavor with more vibrant color.
Tips For Making Matcha brownies
- To avoid your brownies from losing their bright green color, use quality high-grade matcha green tea powder. Only this type of matcha will give you that beautiful green color.
- This recipe will give you 12 small or 9 medium-sized brownies. If you want, you can easily double the recipe and make more brownies.
- These brownies are made with cream cheese, which is enriched with white chocolate. Make sure you are using genuine white chocolate and not white candy melts.
- Make sure you measure your matcha out correctly. If you go too crazy with the matcha, your brownies will end up with an overly intense matcha flavor.
- Always sift your matcha. Matcha tends to have a lot of clumps in it. Make sure you sift the matcha to avoid clumps of matcha green tea inside your brownies. They are unappealing and not so tasty!
How To Make Matcha Cream Cheese Brownies
Assemble your ingredients.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
In a mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese and sugar.
Add in egg and white chocolate. Beat until smooth using an electric mixer.
Finally, fold in matcha and starch and mix until smooth and vibrant.
Pour the base into the prepared baking pan.
Melt butter and chocolate in a saucepot.
Whisk in sugar. Once you have a smooth mixture, beat in eggs.
Stir in vanilla, flour, cacao, and salt.
Drop the brown batter on top of the green batter and swirl it with a tip of a knife.
Bake the brownies for 30 minutes on the center rack.
Cool the brownies completely in the baking pan before removing and slicing.
For the matcha layer
- 1 cup cream cheese
- 1/3 cup sugar
- ¾ tbsp Matcha green tea powder, sifted
- 1 egg
- ½ cup melted white chocolate
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
For the chocolate base
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 small pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese and sugar.
- Add in egg and white chocolate. Beat until smooth using an electric mixer.
- Finally, fold in matcha and starch and mix until smooth and vibrant.
- Pour the base into the prepared baking pan.
- Melt butter and chocolate in a saucepot.
- Whisk in sugar. Once you have a smooth mixture, beat in eggs. Stir in vanilla, flour, cacao, and salt.
- Drop the brown batter on top of the green batter and swirl it with a tip of a knife.
- Bake the brownies for 30 minutes on the center rack.
- Cool the brownies completely in the baking pan before removing and slicing.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 306Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 98mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 5g