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I made these cookies except for the weird add-ins [chocolate, white chocolate, macadamias] which I don't think belong in a recipe that features the taste of green tea. I would never add brown sugar again either. The batter smelled like green tea, but the brown sugar and excessive sugar--period--overwhelmed the tea taste and I have to say they were not what I wanted or expected and I would say no brown sugar, and no choclate add-ins which absolutely would ruin these even further. If I want chocolate chip cookies I'll make chocolate chips. Not good results following this recipe.
I doubled the recipe but ran a little short on Matcha. The dough was extremely stiff and I almost broke 2 cookie scoops while portioning it out, but I like the shape of the cookies with the scoop, much better than if I used a spoon, or took the time to roll into balls -- took about 12 minutes per batch at 350Â°. There is no mention in the instructions as to when to add the Matcha; I whisked it into the other dry ingredients, as I have done with other cookie/muffin recipes using this ingredient. I love Matcha and these cookies are no exception. Since I am not a fan of White Chocolate, next time I will only use Bittersweet. Can't wait to hear what my co-workers have to say in our meeting tomorrow morning! Mahalo for posting! UPDATE 2/26/09: The Matcha flavor really mellowed overnight, but it was definitely still there. The cookies are slightly crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Everyone loved the cookies, but oddly, only the women said they could taste the Green Tea -- maybe our palates are more refined!
These cookies are nice, but not my favorite.... I think it's the flavor of green tea and chocolate chips. I think if I made these again I wouldn't use the chocolate chips. Thanks for posting.