Do you love a gooey and soft dessert bar? You are in the right place! These matcha brownies are the perfect combination of earthy matcha green tea and delicious white chocolate all packed into a brownie/blondie bar!

Quick Facts About Matcha Brownie

In this article, you will learn how to make a perfect matcha brownie right in the comforts of your home with just the right ingredients and a top-notch recipe that entails all you need to know to make a heavenly matcha brownie.

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Matcha Brownie – What Do Matcha Brownies Look & Taste Like?

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Matcha Brownies are a delicious and unique take on the classic brownie. These brownies are made with matcha powder, which gives them a beautiful green color and a distinctive flavor. If you are a green tea lover, you're going to love this recipe!

These chewy matcha brownies combine the earthy flavor of matcha, which is a Japanese green tea powder, all wrapped up in a fudgy brownie!

Matcha is made from specially-grown whole green tea leaves that are steamed, dried, and stone-ground into powder, imparting a stronger green tea flavor than regular green tea. It dates back to the 12th century in Japan, where it has become part of the revered practice of the tea ceremony.

Matcha comes in three grades: ceremonial grade matcha is the highest quality matcha, is used for the Japanese tea ceremony, and is a bright, vibrant green color.

Premium grade matcha is also high quality, but its standards are not as stringent as a ceremonial grade, so it is a more affordable option for lattes and other everyday drinks and is the best matcha powder for baking.

Culinary-grade matcha is a lighter green, with a slightly more bitter grassy flavor. For our purposes, good culinary-grade matcha works because it's affordable enough to be used in cooking and baking recipes like this matcha brownie batter, but you can definitely use higher-quality matchas as well.

Nutritional Information of 1 Matcha Brownie

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 46g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Fat: 16g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Trans Fat: 0.5g
  • Cholesterol: 84mg
  • Sodium: 230mg
  • Potassium: 79 mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 36g
  • Vitamin A: 561 IU
  • Calcium: 43mg
  • Iron: 2mg

 

An Awesome Recipe for Making Fudgy Brown Butter Matcha Brownies

  • Prep time: 30mins
  • Cook time: 30mins
  • Total time: 60mins
  • Servings: 9 brownies

Equipment & Kitchen Utensils Used: 8×8 baking pan, hand mixer or stand mixer, whisk, spatula, rolling pin, food processor, bowls (large & small), parchment paper, teaspoons, sharp knife, tablespoons, measuring cup/kitchen scale, timer, oven, wire rack, cake plate or serving board.

Ingredients

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  • ½ cup of unsalted butter – Bakers use browned butter for these brownies for that extra nutty flavor. I would recommend using unsalted butter, so you can control the amount of salt in your brownies, but salted butter also works too.
  • 113.4g of white chocolate or chopped baking chocolate – In a typical brownie recipe, you often see chocolate being used, but since bakers want that green matcha color to shine through, they decided to substitute that with white chocolate. You can also use white chocolate chunks or break up a white chocolate candy bar. Some bakers used Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate, but you can also use milk chocolate.
  • 2 tablespoons of matcha powder – Matcha powder provides the color and slightly bitter taste of matcha to these brownies. Make sure to use high-quality culinary-grade matcha powder to get that vibrant green color. You can purchase matcha green tea online. You can also find it in a specialty Asian grocery store.
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar – Adds sweetness to these brownies to complement the matcha flavor in this easy brownie recipe.
  • ¼ cup of light brown sugar – Adds rich sweetness to these brownies and moisture. You can also use dark brown sugar for this recipe. Dark brown sugar will give these brownies more texture that is fudgy and sweeter. You can also use coconut sugar if you prefer!
  • 3 Eggs (regular or organic eggs) – Adds richness to these brownies. I would highly recommend room temperature eggs because that makes it easier to incorporate with other ingredients, especially the wet ingredients.
  • Vanilla extract – Adds flavor to the brownies. Substitute with vanilla paste or 1 vanilla bean paste. Be sure to use a higher-quality pure vanilla extract.
  • ½ teaspoon of salt – Brings out the flavor of other ingredients.
  • ¼ teaspoon of flaky salt (optional)
  • 1 cup or 125g of all-purpose flour – This is the main dry ingredient of the recipe. You can make this recipe gluten-free by substituting it with sweet rice flour. Keep in mind that this will change the texture of the brownie and make it drier/less fudgy. Be sure to measure your flour correctly, preferably by weight using a kitchen scale, which is the best way to get an accurate measurement of dry ingredients.

 

Making Fudgy Brown Butter Matcha Brownies

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  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×8 baking pan with butter and line it with parchment paper. Set aside. Next, brown your butter. Heat unsalted butter over high heat until all the butter has melted. Then lower the heat to low and cook until brown bits start to appear. Remove from the heat. Next, add white chocolate to a small bowl. Sift in the matcha powder. Pour the browned butter over the top and stir until a uniform green ganache appears. Set aside.
  • Combine granulated sugar, light brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and salt in a large bowl. Use a hand mixer to whisk the mixture until it is thick and creamy (5-10 minutes). While mixing, stream in your matcha chocolate ganache. Whisk until a uniformly green mixture appears. Lastly, sift your flour into the bowl. Using a spatula, gently fold the flour into the green mixture. Be careful not to deflate the batter too much. Mix until just combined. Spoon the batter into your prepared pan.

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  • Bake brownies for 20-25 minutes. After 20 minutes, take out the brownies and smack the pan onto a flat surface to get rid of some of the air bubbles. Sprinkle some flaky salt on top and put them back in the oven. Bake for another 10 minutes. Let brownies cool for 20 minutes before serving.

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Tips on How to Make a Perfect Matcha Brownie

  • Use a light-colored pan to brown the butter: It is a lot easier to brown butter using a light-colored pan because it helps you see the color of the butter as it cooks. You are less likely to burn the butter.
  • Parchment Paper: Rub a little bit of oil on the bottom of your baking pan and place parchment paper on top. This will help the parchment paper to stick flat. Use can also use clips to hold sides of parchment paper until you pour the batter in to weigh down
  • Sift matcha powder: Matcha powder tends to clump up easily, so it’s best to sift it before using it in a recipe.
  • Measuring the flour: When you measure your flour, do not scoop it out directly as that can lead to using more flour than is needed. To correctly measure your flour, stir the flour with a fork or a whisk to loosen it. Spoon the flour into a cup until it is heaping, then level it with the flat side of a knife.
  • Beat sugar and eggs until thick and creamy: Beating the eggs and sugar incorporates air into the brownies, creating a lift in the final product. This helps provide lift without any type of leavening agents like baking soda or baking powder.
  • Smack the brownies on the counter: This helps get rid of air bubbles in the brownies and creates a more fudgy texture.
  • Slicing Tips: Once matcha brownies have cooled to room temperature, remove them from the pan (leave them on parchment paper) and wrap them tightly. Place matcha brownies in the refrigerator or freezer to get cold. This will allow for a cleaner slice.
  • Be sure to use good quality matcha powder for the best flavor.
  • Use melted butter and the written ratio of white sugar and brown sugar.
  • The added cornstarch will help ensure a soft and fudgy brownie.
  • Do not overmix your batter once the dry ingredients are added! This could form too much gluten and make the matcha brownies tough.
  • Top your brownies with white chocolate chips or chopped nuts for a fun twist.
  • Enjoy these fudgy matcha brownies while they're still a little warm and gooey -- even better topped with vanilla ice cream!

Top Tip: Don't overbake your brownies if you want that fudgy, gooey texture. Begin to check them for doneness after 18-20 minutes (or sooner if you don't use chocolate chunks).

 

More Things You Need to Know About Matcha Brownies Ingredients

  • Flour: The brownies' substance is provided by the flour. The brownies would be a gooey, greasy nightmare without it. To create these, I used all-purpose flour.
  • Matcha: What is the best matcha to use for brownies and baking? Matcha grades vary, but they are generally broken down into ceremonial and culinary grades. The first is for drinking (originally for tea ceremony), whereas the second is for cooking. Some bakers prefer to use ceremonial-grade green tea in their baking since it has a superior color and flavor (culinary grade tends to be more bitter). In addition, matcha oxidizes rather quickly, therefore, it's critical to obtain fresh matcha (not close to the expiration date) and consume it as soon as possible.
  • Baking Powder: There is only a tiny amount of baking powder in this recipe to provide a little leavening. This will help to develop the perfect amount of crumb for brownies. Brownies shouldn't be overly leavened because they'll be more cake-like if you do, so just a small amount is needed here.
  • Cornstarch: Cornstarch is not a typical ingredient you'd find in brownies, but the 2 teaspoons added to this recipe ensure an extra soft and chewy bar.
  • Salt: Salt balances the sweetness of the brownie. Paired with the butter, sugar, and bitterness from the matcha, salt rounds out the flavor giving the brownie a hint of umami taste, making the brownie richer and more complex.
  • Unsalted butter: Many bakers prefer to use unsalted butter for baking because different types of butter have varying amounts of salt. The addition of salt is a lot more predictable if you do it yourself. You can certainly use salted butter if that's all you have on hand, but be sure to omit the added salt in this recipe to ensure the final result is not too salty!
  • Brown Sugar & Granulated Sugar: As mentioned, to get an ultra-chewy brownie, you have to use more brown sugar since it has a higher moisture content than white sugar. This recipe uses a blend of both, however, there is more brown sugar than white. Bakers used light brown sugar for this recipe; dark brown sugar might have too much of a molasses flavor which could muddle the matcha taste. If you don't have any light brown sugar, you could instead use coconut sugar, white sugar mixed with a little bit of honey, maple syrup, or agave.
  • Eggs: Eggs are the most versatile ingredient in baking. They can be used as a binder, tenderizer, or strengthening agent for recipes. They will also help prevent dryness by adding moisture where needed! This recipe uses two eggs which adds just enough binding power, water, and richness to the recipe.
  • Vanilla extract: Many sweets taste better with a hint of vanilla, and green tea brownies are no exception.  Vanilla extract is the secret to making sweet baked goods taste better. It also enhances all other flavors in your recipe, adding more sweetness without having to add extra sugar. Vanilla is the little something extra that makes sweet baked goods really pop. Without it, cookies and cakes can become boringly flat - so add this ingredient carefully.

 

Any Substitutions You Can Make

You can make this chewy matcha brownies recipe fit your dietary needs:

  • Dairy-Free - swap out the butter for vegan butter and be sure to use dairy-free dark or white chocolate!
  • Gluten-Free Option - you can make these matcha brownies gluten-free with 1:1 gluten-free flour!

 

Matcha Brownies - Vegan Option: How to Make Vegan Matcha Brownies

You can make these fudgy matcha brownies vegan using vegan butter and dairy-free chocolate and swap the eggs for Bob's Red Mill Egg Replacer. Also, make sure that the sugar you use is vegan-friendly as well.

You can omit the butter with vegan butter or coconut oil and the eggs can be replaced with flax or chia eggs.

 

How to Make Gluten-Free Matcha Brownies?

There hasn't been much baking of matcha brownies with gluten-free substitutes, but you can swap the all-purpose flour for high-quality gluten-free flour (like the one from King Arthur Baking Company). If you need to make a matcha brownie that is gluten-free, it is recommended that you check for other ingredients that are certified gluten-free.

 

Do Matcha and Chocolate Go Together?

Absolutely! Brown sugar and chocolate chips balance out the bitter matcha flavor perfectly! Plus, you can make these into white chocolate matcha brownies and the matcha flavor goes so well with the sweetness of the white chocolate!

 

Matcha Brownies with White, Dark, Or Milk Chocolate

What I love about this recipe is that you can make these dark chocolate matcha brownies without white chocolate, or you switch it up to your preference:

  • Matcha brownies with white chocolate - swap the chopped dark chocolate or dark chocolate chips for white chocolate chunks! Adds more of a sweet, vanilla flavor and a lovely color contrast.
  • Matcha brownies with milk chocolate - milk chocolate is a great compromise between the rich chocolate flavor of dark chocolate and the sweetness of white chocolate.
  • No chocolate version of matcha brownies - if you don't want any chocolate at all, these matcha brownies are still perfect for you! Just omit the chocolate and follow the rest of the recipe as usual.

 

But Note That Matcha Brownie Recipe Does Not Necessarily Use Chocolate

To be clear, there is no chocolate in this recipe. I know, I know! Are they really brownies?

Well, did you know that blondies and cookie bars are pretty much the same things? Since this matcha brownie recipe doesn't use chocolate, it would cross over into the blondie category, but brownies just have a better ring to it! 🙂

In some people’s opinion, the actual cocoa powder would not taste well with the matcha, and they ended up not even using white chocolate because the end product was too sweet (since white chocolate is mostly sugar!)

You could definitely add some white chocolate chips to this recipe, but some people really enjoyed the brownies without them. Having said all that, I understand if you feel like I'm cheating while still considering this a 'brownie' even though there is no form of chocolate in the recipe.

The reason I'm still calling it a brownie is that it lives up to the name in every other sense. It is thick, fudgy, chewy, and completely satisfying!

 

How Do You Store Matcha Brownies?

A matcha brownie is delicious when served warm or with ice cream on top at room temperature!

Store your brownies in an airtight container for up to two days at room temperature, or up to 5 days in the fridge. You can also freeze them for up to two to three months.

 

Why This Matcha Brownie Recipe Works

  • You only need seven ingredients to make this matcha brownie recipe!
  • Matcha brownies are a simple one-bowl dessert recipe that can be prepped and in the oven in less than 10 minutes!
  • The flavor of the matcha green tea in these matcha brownies is absolutely delightful and makes for a unique and fun dessert.
  • The combination of sweetness and earthy matcha makes for a simply irresistible brownie.
  • The brownie is soft and ultra-chewy, while the matcha adds a unique earthy and slightly sweet flavor.
  • These brownies are also incredibly moist and fudgy and totally satisfying.

 

Matcha Brownie is Part of a Family Favorite Dessert

These matcha brownies are soft, chewy, and perfectly delicious, guaranteed to become a family favorite dessert! Simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions make perfect matcha white chocolate brownies that are vibrant and fun. Green tea brownies are the perfect balance of matcha tea flavor and delicious white chocolate decadence.

These aren't regular brownies -- are the best matcha brownies! Dark chocolate or milk chocolate is a great complement to the flavors of the matcha green tea powder! These green tea brownies are a unique and unexpected sweet treat that everyone will love, with a fudgy texture and a crackly top! Because they're made with matcha powder instead of cocoa powder, they're more like matcha blondies, along the same lines as my pumpkin blondies or my brown butter banana blondies, but even better for matcha lovers! 

Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Matcha Brownies

Yes, matcha is known to have many health benefits. But you probably don't want to isolate your consumption of matcha to brownie form. 😉 Matcha tea is a powerful mental booster with the ability to stimulate alpha brain waves, which are responsible for soothing your mind and allowing you to focus without difficulty. The caffeine from matcha will keep you effortlessly alert,..... Read More »

Studies have shown that drinking matcha in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise resulted in greater weight loss. This may be attributed to the caffeine in matcha which can provide an energy boost.

Matcha has a rich, earthy, and slightly bitter taste.

The calories in this matcha brownie recipe may vary depending on whether you make this matcha brownie recipe without white chocolate or with no chocolate at all. But the calorie count listed above in the recipe card is 350 calories.

Absolutely! You can use the highest-quality matcha powder that you afford --, the AprikaLife culinary matcha powder works great for both baking and matcha drinks!

Matcha imparts a rich, concentrated green tea flavor to baked goods, along with a bright green color. You'll also get a fair amount of caffeine, so keep that in mind too!

The color of your brownies will be influenced by the grade of matcha you use. I used ceremonial grade matcha, which is high-quality matcha. Also, do not overbake! Overbaking the brownies will result in a yellowish-brown color on the entire top of the brownie (the inside should stay perfectly green though!) If this happens, you can always dust powdered sugar..... Read More »
Yup! Although, it's not as much when you divide the recipe per brownie. 1 teaspoon of matcha powder will contain approximately 70 mg of caffeine. There are a total of 6 teaspoons in this entire recipe, which gives us 420 mpg of caffeine. Split that amount (9 brownies) and you have about 46 mg of caffeine per brownie, about the..... Read More »

Yes! These brownies can be made up to 2 days in advance. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature until you're ready to serve.

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Matcha Brownies are a delicious and unique take on the classic brownie. These brownies are made with matcha powder, which gives them a beautiful green color and a distinctive flavor. If you are a green tea lover, you’re going to love this recipe!

Type: Dessert

Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: Matcha Brownie

Recipe Yield: 9 brownies

Calories: 350kcal

Preparation Time: 30M

Cooking Time: 30M

Total Time: 60M

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Recipe Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of unsalted butter
  • 113.4g of white chocolate or chopped baking chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons of matcha powder
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup of light brown sugar
  • 3 Eggs (regular or organic eggs)
  • Vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup or 125g of all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon of flaky salt (optional)

Recipe Instructions:

Step 1:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×8 baking pan with butter and line it with parchment paper. Set aside.

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Step 2:

Next, brown your butter. Heat unsalted butter over high heat until all the butter has melted. Then lower the heat to low and cook until brown bits start to appear.

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Step 3:

Remove from the heat. Next, add white chocolate to a small bowl. Sift in the matcha powder.

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Step 4:

Pour the browned butter over the top and stir until a uniform green ganache appears. Set aside.

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Step 5:

Combine granulated sugar, light brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and salt in a large bowl. Use a hand mixer to whisk the mixture until it is thick and creamy (5-10 minutes).

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Step 6:

While mixing, stream in your matcha chocolate ganache. Whisk until a uniformly green mixture appears. Lastly, sift your flour into the bowl.

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Step 7:

Using a spatula, gently fold the flour into the green mixture. Be careful not to deflate the batter too much. Mix until just combined.

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Step 8:

Spoon the batter into your prepared pan.

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Step 9:

Bake brownies for 20-25 minutes. After 20 minutes, take out the brownies and smack the pan onto a flat surface to get rid of some of the air bubbles.

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Step 10:

Sprinkle some flaky salt on top and put them back in the oven.

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Step 11:

Bake for another 10 minutes.

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Step 12:

Let brownies cool for 20 minutes before serving.

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