Take, for instance, our friend Kristen of the amazing heritage-culture blog Nourish. A wonderful writer, and an even better supply of Japanese-Jewish recipes, we were thrilled when Kristen shared her absolute best chocolate chip cookie with us. She could have stopped there and we would have been happy. But you can imagine our excitement when she told us the fun twist - matcha salt that tops the cookies!!
Read on to make the best ever chocolate chip cookie for yourself!
Makes: About 20 6”cookies
Total Prep Time: 1 hour — 36 hours*
Total Cook Time: 1 hour
*adapted slightly (but it’s mostly the same recipe) from For Me, For You
8 ½ ounces cake flour
8 ½ ounces bread flour
1 ¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
1 ½ teaspoon sea salt (kosher can work too)
1 ¼ cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ¼ pounds bittersweet chocolate chips (over 60% cacao)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon matcha, sifted to remove any clumps
Combine flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Whisk well.
Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment (or a hand-held mixer and bow) on medium-high speed, cream butter, and sugars together until very light and fluffy. This took me about five minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Reduce the mixer speed to low. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined. Add another 1/3 and then another, until all of it has been incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with each addition. Pour in the chocolate chips and stir manually.
Place the batter in an airtight container and refrigerate for 12-36 hours. If you don’t have this much time, don’t worry! The cookies will still taste great! The longer you leave them in the fridge, the more the flavors will meld together and take on a caramel-y flavor.*
When you’re ready to bake the cookies, remove the batter from the fridge to let it warm up and soften. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Sift the matcha, then mix it with the sea salt in a small bowl.
Bake the cookies until golden (but not brown!), about 17 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire cooling rack to cool. RIGHT before serving, sprinkle on the matcha salt. If the matcha salt sits on the cookies for too long, it will soak in the moisture from the cookie and not be as vibrantly green. This will also happen if the cookies are not sufficiently cool. Enjoy!
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While we feel the need to "go green" all the time, we know that this particular month has people *really* getting their green game on. So let's not make things any harder than they have to be. In five minutes you could be enjoying your very own pint of Mizuba matcha ice cream! Scroll down for the recipe.