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Matcha Brownies Recipe – Fudgy and Chocolatey

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Matcha brownies are your favourite chocolate brownies complemented with the delicious, earthy flavours of matcha. These green tea brownies are so good chocolate matcha might just become your new favourite brownie flavour.

(Do you like putting matcha powder in everything? Try these matcha chocolate chip cookies. They’re so easy to make and are the perfect sweet treats. If matcha and cream cheese is your thing, you’ll love this rich and creamy matcha cheesecake.)

Freshly baked matcha cheesecake brownies

I love brownies and I love matcha so it was only a matter of time before these matcha brownies happened. And they’re all I imagined them to be. 

Fudgy chocolatey brownie. Earthy full bodied matcha. So good together!

Fellow matcha lovers, these are for you. Let’s get baking.

What is matcha and what is matcha made from

Matcha literally means “powdered tea.” Specially grown and processed green tea leaves are finely ground until they turn to the vibrant green powder we all know and love.

If you’re wondering what matcha tastes like, it really depends on the kind and the quality of the matcha powder you have.

According to matcha.com — “premium matcha tea can have a sweet, grassy (or earthy) flavour. People often describe it with some type of vegetal taste, mixed with an umami, or savoury effect on the palate”. 

Good quality matcha doesn’t require any added sweetener. Lower grade matcha powders have a slightly bitter aftertaste and needs sweeteners like honey or maple syrup.

Matcha is also known for its many health benefits. Check this out.

What do matcha brownies taste like

Green tea brownies on a plate

Matcha is a surprisingly delicious complement to the sweet brownie. 

It cuts through all that sweetness and lends a slight bitterness and lots of umami. It’s what makes you want a second brownie slice.  

And it’s definitely one of the most unique brownies you’ll ever make and taste!

How to make matcha brownies

Making matcha brownies is easy. You have the cocoa batter and the matcha cheesecake batter. 

Ingredients

The ingredients for these matcha cheesecake brownies are simple and easy to find.

For the matcha cream cheese, you’ll need:

  • Cream cheese
  • Granulated sugar
  • Matcha powder
  • Vanilla extract 
  • Egg

And for the chocolate brownies:

  • Dutch processed, unsweetened cocoa powder (I use this brand)
  • Baking soda
  • Unsalted butter
  • Espresso or strong coffee
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • All purpose flour

Tools

You don’t need special tools when making brownies, although I use my electric mixer to beat the matcha cream cheese mixture.

Other than that, all you’ll need are:

  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Whisks and spatulas
  • 9×13 inch baking pan

Matcha brownie recipe

First, preheat your oven to 350F, lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking pan, then line with parchment paper with a slight overhang on each side. Set aside.

Work on your matcha mixture first.

1 BEAT. Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth and creamy.

2 MATCHA. Add matcha powder. Start with 1 teaspoon and add more to taste. You’ll want this mixture stronger than how you normally like your matcha tea so that the green tea flavour shines through. I usually add 2 tablespoons (or equivalent to 6 teaspoons). 

3 EGG. Once you’re happy with your matcha mixture, add egg and vanilla extract and continue beating until incorporated. Set this aside while you work on your chocolate brownie batter.

For the brownie batter:

1 WHISK. In a large bowl, whisk cocoa powder and baking soda until combined. 

2 MELTED BUTTER. Add melted unsalted butter and whisk until smooth.

3 COFFEE. Add espresso or strong coffee and continue whisking until batter is creamy and thick. At this point, it would seem like the coffee doesn’t want to incorporate into the batter. Just keep whisking, it will come together.

4 CONTINUE WHISKING. Add the rest of your ingredients (except the flour) and whisk until fully incorporated. 

5 FLOUR. Add all purpose flour and gently fold until just combined. Do not over mix.

Assembling the brownie layers

Now that you have your two mixtures ready, it’s time to assemble.

1 FIRST LAYER. Transfer your brownie batter into your prepared pan and spread evenly.

Brownie batter in baking pan

2 SECOND LAYER. Top with your matcha powder cream cheese batter and try to spread around.

Matcha cream cheese on top of brownie batter

3 SWIRL. Gently run a knife through the batter to create swirls and help further even out the cream cheese throughout the pan.

Matcha brownies ready for the oven

4 TAP. Gently tap the pan on your counter a few times to help the batter settle in.

5 BAKE. Bake the brownies for 30-45 minutes or until it’s starting to brown at the edges but the centre still feels a little jiggly. You want a toothpick inserted in the middle to come out with minimal but slightly moist crumbs.

6 COOL. Take out of the oven and allow to cool on the counter. Then chill 2-3 hours (or overnight) until the brownies are set. You can serve the brownies chilled or at room temperature.

Baking tips and FAQs

Slice of matcha brownie on a plate
How to bake with matcha


It’s very easy to bake with matcha and incorporate it into your recipes. 

I personally just either add and sift the powder directly into my dry ingredients. Or dissolve it in milk and add that mixture to my wet ingredients. 

What’s important is you use a matcha powder you like and adjust the matcha flavour according to how strong you want your green tea flavour to be.

How to choose matcha powder


There are two kinds of matcha powder — culinary grade and ceremonial grade.

Ceremonial grade matcha is more expensive, very fine and silky, and has a vibrant green colour. It’s designed to be naturally sweet and strong and is usually the kind used in Japanese tea ceremonies.

Not very many people appreciate the strong matcha flavour though. It’s definitely an acquired taste.

Culinary grade matcha is a more versatile matcha powder that’s more commonly used to make matcha lattes and baked goods. This is the matcha flavour we’re probably more used to.

I used to think that I needed to splurge for the ceremonial matcha powder but after many recipes and years of baking, I realized that for the goodies that I make, culinary grade works just as well. 

So don’t sweat it. Just make sure the matcha powder you use for baking is the matcha powder you enjoy drinking.

I would recommend buying pure matcha powder though, and not those already sweetened with sugar. 

I personally like Elan Organic Matcha Powder which I can usually get at Costco for a steal. 

Chocolatey green tea browies

How do I make my brownies green?


To get that vibrant green tint to your brownies, make sure to:

Use fresh, high quality matcha powder. They have a more vibrant colour that tends to shine through in baked goods. And remember that matcha powder that’s been sitting in your cupboard starts to lose their lustre after a while, resulting to brownies that are more brown than bright green. 

Making a 2-batter brownie also results to that lovely green colour. If you just add matcha powder to the cocoa mixture, you will taste it but the colour will get lost in all that brown. Mixing it with the cream cheese for a nice cheesecake layer ensures you get pretty green swirls all around.

How do I make moist, chewy, fudgy brownies?


In my experience,  two things significantly affect the chewiness and fudginess of brownies:

1. Brown sugar. In this recipe, there’s 1/2 cup packed brown sugar and I’ve found that adding it helps create that sticky, fudgy texture.

2. Bake time. Remember it’s better to under-bake than over-bake brownies. Use the baking time in this recipe (or any brownie recipe) as a guide and then start testing your brownies about 10 minutes before the end, or just when they start pulling away from the sides of your pan.

The tester or toothpick you insert in the centre must not come out clean. What you want are bits of crumbs (not wet batter) sticking to it. The brownies will continue to cook as they cool.

How to store homemade brownies


Brownies will keep in the fridge for up to a week but the best way to store them is to freeze them.

Cut the thoroughly cooled brownies into individual pieces, wrap each one in plastic wrap (wrap them snugly), then with foil. Place each one in a freezer safe container or Ziploc bag.

When you’re ready to eat or serve them, just bring them out and thaw at room temperature. They’re good slightly chilled too.

Brownies stored in the freezer will keep for 1-2 months.

Do you have other matcha recipes?

Here are other recipes you can using matcha powder:

  • Matcha overnight oats are a delicious and healthy way to jumpstart your day. The unique taste of matcha is complemented perfectly by white chocolate chips for a breakfast treat that you can prep ahead and grab as you go.
  • Making homemade matcha ice cream is easy and it tastes so much better than the ones you order at restaurants or buy at the store. Packed with your favourite green tea flavour with delicious hints of vanilla, this ice cream is a matcha-lover’s dream.

Do you have other brownies fudgy recipes?

If you’re looking for other fudgy brownie recipes, try:

  • Fudgy walnut brownies are your favourite, classic brownies — crusty and shiny on top, chewy in the centre, and bursting with chocolate chip and walnuts in every bite.
Stack of freshly baked matcha brownies

Matcha Brownies Recipe – Fudgy and Chocolatey

Author: Jolina
Matcha brownies are your favourite chocolate brownies complemented with the delicious, earthy flavours of matcha. These green tea brownies are so good chocolate matcha might just become your new favourite brownie flavour.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Asian
Servings 24 brownies
Calories 164 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Matcha Cream Cheese Mixture

Chocolate Brownie Batter

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350F, lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking pan, then line with parchment paper with a slight overhang on each side. Set aside.

Matcha Cream Cheese Mixture

  • Beat 1 block of cream cheese and ½ cup granulated sugar until smooth and creamy.
    Smooth and creamy cream cheese
  • Add matcha powder. Start with 1 teaspoon and add more to taste. See notes.
    Cream cheese with matcha powder
  • Beat until incorporated.
    Matcha powder with cream cheese
  • Add 1 egg and 1 tsp vanilla extract and continue beating until incorporated. Set this aside while you work on your chocolate brownie batter.
    Matcha cream cheese mixture with egg

Chocolate Brownie Batter

  • In a large bowl, whisk ¾ cup cocoa powder and ½ tsp baking soda until combined. 
    Cocoa powder mixture
  • Add ¾ cup melted unsalted butter and whisk until smooth.
    Chocolate brownie batter
  • Add ½ cup espresso or strong coffee and continue whisking until batter is creamy and thick. See notes.
    Chewy fudgy brownie batter
  • Add the rest of your ingredients (except the flour) and whisk until fully incorporated.
    Brownie batter
  • Add 1⅓ cup all purpose flour and gently fold until just combined. Do not over mix.
    Cocoa mixture with flour

Assembly and Baking

  • Transfer your brownie batter into your prepared pan and spread evenly.
    Brownie batter in baking pan
  • Top with your matcha powder cream cheese batter and try to spread around.
    Matcha cream cheese on top of brownie batter
  • Run a knife through the batter to create swirls and help further even out the cream cheese throughout the pan.
    Matcha brownies ready for the oven
  • Gently tap the pan on your counter a few times to help the batter settle in.
  • Bake the brownies for 30-45 minutes or until it's starting to brown at the edges but the centre still feels a little jiggly. You want a toothpick inserted in the middle to come out with minimal but slightly moist crumbs.
  • Take out of the oven and allow to cool on the counter. Then chill 2-3 hours (or overnight) until the brownies are set. You can serve the brownies chilled or at room temperature.

Video

Notes

  1. The yield depends on how big or small you cut your brownies. These matcha brownies are very rich and a little goes a long way.
  2. You’ll want your matcha cream cheese mixture stronger than how you normally like your matcha tea so that the green tea flavour shines through. I usually add 2 tablespoons (or equivalent to 6 teaspoons). 
  3. When you add the espresso or coffee to the brownie batter, it would seem like the coffee doesn’t want to incorporate into the batter. Just keep whisking, it will come together.
  4. See post for complete step-by-step photos and lots of baking tips and FAQs.

Nutrition

Calories: 164kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 124mgPotassium: 63mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 221IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information are estimates only.

Keyword Bake Sale, Easy, Holiday Baking, No-Fail Recipe
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