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Prep Time: 10 minutes     Cook Time: 18 minutes

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Matcha brownies pair the distinctive flavor of green tea with sweet white chocolate and aromatic vanilla, for an unusual and delicious result. If you like green tea ice cream, you're going to be floored when you find out how good these fudgy little treats are!

A stack of matcha brownies on a white plate.
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These 9-ingredient matcha brownies are simple to make and they make an elegant alternative to the classic dark chocolate kind. The earthy green tea adds a unique twist while using white chocolate not only adds sweetness but ensures they come out vivid green.

Matcha balances out the sweetness in this recipe, offering its own distinctive flavor. These brownies make a wonderful teatime treat or an after-dinner dessert that combines classic comfort food with an exotic Eastern touch.

Make sure you also check out these mochi brownies or my favorite dairy-free brownies for more easy and delicious options!

Main Ingredients

The ingredients used to make matcha brownies laid out on a table.

By now you will curious how these matcha brownies taste! But first, let's look at the key ingredients you'll need:

  • Matcha powder: For an elegant flavor. Use ceremonial grade for the brightest color and strongest taste. There isn't a real alternative to matcha since it doesn't have the same taste as regular green tea and is finely powdered. Don't use the contents of matcha teabags in this recipe because you risk getting lower quality matcha and your brownies won't taste as good.
  • White chocolate chips: For the perfect amount of sweetness. White chocolate isn't the typical choice in brownie recipes, but if you use milk or dark chocolate you won't see the beautiful green color from the matcha. Also, the sweetness of white chocolate is a nice contrast with the earthy, vegetal tea flavor. Try it! I promise you'll love this eclectic combo!
  • Granulated sugar: For sweetness. This is another ingredient that is light in color to maximize the green shade of these matcha brownies. Just use regular granulated white sugar here. You could swap some of the white sugar for light brown sugar if you want a more molasses-type taste.
  • Vanilla extract: Adds a contrasting flavor. The sweet taste of vanilla complements the white chocolate and also goes with the taste of the matcha. I wouldn't add any more than 1½ teaspoons (even if you're a vanilla fan) otherwise you risk overpowering the subtle matcha.
  • Baking powder: This gives the perfect texture. Matcha brownies should be slightly fudgy and chewy with a cake-like appeal. Baking powder helps to get this dessert perfect texture-wise.

Instructions Overview

Whether or not you're used to making regular brownies or brand new to it, this recipe isn't hard at all.

The first thing to do is combine the flour, matcha, baking powder, and salt. Melt the chocolate chips with butter and then whisk in the eggs followed by the sugar and vanilla.

Next up, combine the flour mixture with the chocolate mixture. Spoon the batter into a parchment paper-lined pan and bake for about 18 minutes. Let the matcha brownies cool then enjoy!

A matcha brownie with a bite taken out of it with white chocolate chips around it.

Common Questions

Does matcha taste good with chocolate?

The earthy tea flavor of the matcha is really good with chocolate. Although chocolate brownies are always great, sometimes it's nice to mix things up a bit and experiment with different flavors. Just as bittersweet chocolate or unsweetened cocoa powder adds a slightly bitter flavor to regular brownies, matcha does the same here.

What is the best matcha for baking?

There are three grades of matcha: ceremonial grade, premium grade, and culinary grade. Although any of these would work, I'd recommend avoiding the culinary grade. It's the cheapest one, but the flavor is weak and the brownies won't come out as vivid green. The ceremonial grade gives the very best taste and color, but it is more expensive.

What makes brownies fudgy?

The fats in a matcha brownies recipe (the white chocolate chips and butter) give them a gooey, fudgy center. Cakes are drier than brownies since they have a higher flour to fat ratio.

What happens if you overbeat brownies?

This will allow too much air into the batter and change the texture from fudgy to cakey. Once your batter ingredients are evenly combined, don't beat the mixture any further.

A green brownie close up.

Chopnotch Tips

  • If you only have salted butter you can use that, but in that case, omit the salt.
  • Make sure the parchment paper overhangs the baking dish so you can remove them easily without breaking them.
  • Matcha oxidizes fast once the package is open so buy it as fresh as you can and use it within a month.
Green brownies overhead shot.

Matcha brownies combine the vegetal flavor of green tea with the mouthwatering chocolate flavor of brownies for a super-tasty result.

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How to Make

Matcha Brownies

Try this twist on the classic brownie recipe. These are fudgy and pair green tea with vanilla and white chocolate.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 16 brownies


  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour, +1 tablespoon
  • 4 tablespoons matcha powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup white chocolate chips
  • 5 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
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  • Preheat the oven to 320°F. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Leave some parchment paper hanging over both ends of the pan for easy removal later. Set aside.
  • Combine the flour, matcha powder, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and whisk until evenly combined.
  • Add the white chocolate chips and butter to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30-second intervals while stirring the mixture in-between until it has melted completely. Now whisk the eggs into the melted chocolate mixture until it turns uniform in color, and then whisk in the sugar and vanilla until thick and smooth.
  • Fold the chocolate mixture into the flour mixture until smooth and lump-free, then transfer the batter into the prepared pan, level the top with a spatula, and bake on the middle rack for 18 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the oven. Use the parchment paper to lift the brownies out of the pan immediately, and then let them cool on a cooling rack. Slice into squares once completely cooled. Serve and enjoy!
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  • If you only have salted butter you can use that, but in that case, omit the salt.
  • Make sure the parchment paper overhangs the baking dish so you can remove them easily without breaking them.
  • Matcha oxidizes fast once the package is open so buy it as fresh as you can and use it within a month.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 170kcal (9%), Carbohydrates: 22g (7%), Protein: 4g (8%), Fat: 7g (11%), Saturated Fat: 4g (25%), Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 33mg (11%), Sodium: 53mg (2%), Potassium: 46mg (1%), Fiber: 1g (4%), Sugar: 18g (20%), Vitamin A: 340IU (7%), Vitamin C: 1mg (1%), Calcium: 25mg (3%), Iron: 1mg (6%)
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