green tea muffins

I go in waves of being fixated on things that are green tea flavored. Last week I started thinking about green tea again, and I was also thinking about cupcakes, so I decided to hunt down a recipe for green tea muffins. I managed to find this one (it’s at the bottom of the page), and it seemed pretty straightforward, so I gave it a go. Look how pretty!
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I will confess I was a tad skeptical. Green tea ice cream is one thing, but green tea muffins? Would they taste good? Would they taste like green tea? They are actually quite nice, and the green tea flavor is subtle but definitely there.
Read on for the recipe with conversions …

Green Tea Muffins
(makes 12 muffins)
– 2 cups of all-purpose flour
– 1 cup white sugar
– 1/2 tsp baking soda
– 2 tsp powdered Japanese green tea (matcha)
– 1/2 cup milk (I used nonfat and it was okay)
– 1 stick of butter, softened
– 2 eggs
Oven 350F.
Sift together the flour, baking soda, and green tea powder and set aside. In a large bowl, beat the butter until light. Add the sugar and beat some more until light and fluffy. Add the dry mixture and the milk. Stir with a spatula or wooden spoon until the dry ingredients are just incorporated (don’t overmix). The batter will be somewhat lumpy. Divide the batter among the muffin tins (I used those foil liners. If you don’t have any liners, grease the tins), about 2/3 full. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
Bon appetit!

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19 Responses to green tea muffins

  1. Rififil says:

    It’s so tempting, Mariko! When do you get Maccha? Can you mail-order it?

  2. Rififil says:

    It’s so tempting! Mariko, where do you get Maccha? Can you get it by mail-order? I hope you did not make it from scratch!

  3. Laural says:

    That is so cool! I love green tea flavored things, but I never would have thought of muffins. But I love muffins too, so it’s perfect! I am also curious about the powdered green tea and if it’s something I could find at a specialty shop.

  4. Celia says:

    When we were in Japan, we had green tea flavored chocolates. Tasted a bit like malted chocolate. Yum! The muffins look yummy.

  5. bethanie says:

    Hey, Mariko – post the recipe over at the teaswap page!

  6. carolyn says:

    the girlreaction, she say the supereggplant should put those in her pocket and fly to chicago. the supereggplant, she will find a warm reception.

  7. Christine says:

    Caffeinated muffins??!? I’m in!

  8. Kay says:

    This weekend’s Super Eggplant Wannabe Moment: a friend brought me a gift of Rococo Earl Gray Wafers (chocolates) from London. Full report to follow once I’ve tasted them (the box is pretty so I need to admire it a little longer before devouring all the contents). xoxo Kay

  9. Alyx says:

    Wow, they are so beautiful.

  10. Emily says:

    Whoa. Whoa, those are green! That rocks!
    Have you heard of a book called “Hey There Cupcake!”– I am a forgetful person so its possible you mentioned it already. They reviewed it in the latest issue of Bust Magazine and included a recipe from it for cupcakes that look like sushi. Green fruit roll ups for the nori and gummi fish for the fish. I’m making them sometime, I just have to….

  11. Melissa says:

    I stumbled upon your blog doing a search for Green Tea Kit-Kats! I LOVE green tea anything! Especially chocolate, which I can’t find anywhere! Thanks for the recipe!
    If anyone lives near a Ranch99 or any asian market, you might be able to find matcha there!

  12. Hilari says:

    Yowza! Those are some green muffins! Perfect for St Pats! I don’t particularly like green tea, but I’m really tempted to try that recipe….just cuz they look so fun!

  13. Merinda says:

    Green tea flavoured stuff rocks! Thanks for posting the recipe – I know what I’m doing tonight. 🙂

  14. What absolutely splendidly green muffins! Great photo, great idea. I’m going to give it a whirl! Thanks!

  15. Andrea says:

    Those look fantastic! Because I’m super lazy, I usually get my green tea flavored baked goods in chinatown. For $1 you can get a green tea flavored sponge cake with buttercream filling!

  16. Megan says:

    This would be awesome for St. Patrick’s Day. My mom used to make green jello for me to take in to my class when I was a kid, and these would be a sophisticated twist on green treats.

  17. Kristi says:

    I passed this recipe onto my DH. He is always moaning about not being able to find a proper green tea cookie recipe. When he was in grad school out in Mass. he used to freuquent a place that served tea with green tea cookies and he hasn’t been able to find them or a good recipe since he returned to CO. He’s planning on trying them this weekend. Thanks!

  18. Cole says:

    What is the pattern of the bunny dish that the muffins are on? It’s adorable.

  19. Winnie says:

    Good idea for muffins. Maybe I’ll make these for breakfast next week. I picked up a tube of green tea flavored toothpaste while I was in Hong Kong. It’s a nice change from mint, but I guess it’s probably not for everyone.

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