Matcha Macarons Recipe
Japanese Green Tea (Matcha) Macarons – a recipe for these delicious, light, and crunchy sweet treats that perfectly blend Western technique with Eastern flavors.
Oh sweet little macarons!
I have been in love with you ever since we met at Pierre Herme in Paris years ago.
Not to confuse with your distant cousins macaroons who always like to dress in coconut, you are the perfect cookie sandwich one is looking for – light and airy with a crunchy texture on the outside and slightly chewy texture on the inside.
Not to mention that you are always stylish and very presentable on occasions of all kind.
Light humor aside, these French pastry cookies are dang good even to someone like me who prefers savory to sweet. ‘
And when these delicacies are flavored with Japanese green tea powder, it’s a like a perfect marriage between East and West.
But making these little precious treats is entirely a different story.
As any experienced baker will tell you, macarons are notoriously finicky to make so don’t expect to get it right the first couple of tries.
However, once you get a hang of it, it’s almost as easy as making regular chocolate cookies, and you get to enjoy unlimited macrons for life 😊
Now I’ve managed your expectation, let’s talk about one of the main ingredients in the recipe – Japanese green tea powder, aka matcha or 抹茶 in Japanese.
Although most of the Japanese green tea has similar health benefits, matcha comes in different grades measured by types of tea, growing method, age of the tea, grinding method, and etc.
Unless you are into traditional Japanese tea ceremony, a good culinary grade should be more than enough (and economical) for all your needs.
This particular matcha is made from premium Japanese green tea grown in fertile sugar cane sweetened soil that provides distinct flavor and aroma.
When it’s used in macarons, it gives such a pleasant and refreshing taste and smell that you have to try it yourself!
More about Japanese Green Tea Company’s Tea Farm
Japanese Green Tea Company is the only US-based company to source tea directly from Arahataen Green Tea Farms in the Shizuoka prefecture in Japan. Shizuoka has been the center of green tea cultivation in Japan for centuries, and the region’s intense sunlight and intermittent fog gives each batch of tea its distinctive flavor.
If you decide to purchase this premium culinary grade matcha, make sure you use this exclusive Coupon Code: Yi at check out to save 15%!
As I mentioned earlier, macarons are challenging to make and very prone to error. There are just too many variables and even a slight miscalculation can affect the end result.
To make it easier to follow, I’ve made a Youtube video (big thanks to Mrs. YiReservation for demonstrating the entire recipe). Make sure you stay to the end for the bonus recipe!
To help you avoid some of the common missteps, I have put together a few tips below. It’s best to use these tips in conjunction with the video
Just good quality almond flour with super fine texture. When I started out, I used almond flour bought from Walmart, while the cookies came out presentable, they had a rougher surface due to inconsistent grind size of the flour. If you have the choice, go with the finer (usually more expensive) option.
If you have done some research, you’ll come across macron recipes call for “aged egg white” where egg white is stored in the fridge for 24 hours before used. Personally, I just use freshly separately egg white and have no problem achieving consistent results. I do suggest letting the egg white sit in the room temperate for 20 minutes before use.
Like all baking recipes, precise measurement and experiment are the keys. Try to measure ingredients in grams if you are used to using cups and tbsp as the granularity does make a difference when it comes to macaron making.
If you make any flavored macarons, try to use quality natural flavors if possible and avoid excessively liquidity flavoring agent as it will dilute the batter and affect the consistency. If your flavoring agent is in powder form such as matcha, add directly to the dry ingredient mix for the best result.
Do allow the macaron shells to dry completely. This can take a lot longer than the suggested 45 mins depending on the humidity level. If your shells come out with cracks, it’s most likely the surface wasn’t dry enough.
These cookies are best served after chilling in the fridge overnight. I don’t know the precise science behind it but you get better flavor and a little of that chewy texture after the filling and shells have been in contact for certain amount of time. Before serving, just leave them in the room temp for 30 minutes and you are good to go.
How to Make Japanese Green Tea (Matcha) Macarons
Yield: 24 macarons
Prep Time: 30 minutes + 45 minutes drying
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 95 minutes
- 130g/1cup powdered sugar
- 80g / 0.8 cup quality almond flour
- 2 teaspoons of matcha powder such has the one from Japanese Green Tea Company
- Egg whites from two large eggs or 60 grams of pure egg white
- 33g/0.25 cup powdered sugar
- Half teaspoon of cream of tartar
- 8 oz Cream cheese, room temp/ softened
- Half cup of powdered sugar
- Zest from half of a lemon
- Lemon juice from half of a lemon (you can replace this with yuzu juice too)
Question for You
If you enjoy matcha, please let me know of your favorite dishes in the comments!