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Fudgy Matcha Brownies

on February 24, 2022
last updated May 21, 2024
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These fudgy Matcha Brownies are a fun twist on the classic with a vibrant tea flavor addition to compliment the otherwise chocolatey treat.
fudgy matcha brownies surrounded by bright pink flowers

Ready to level up your brownies? These Fudgy Chocolate Matcha Brownies bring your favorite chocolatey dessert up a notch!

With the perfect earthy and caffeinated flavor addition swirled into the best-ever brownie batter, this unique brownie will have you totally obsessed with matcha-flavored treats. They’re gooey, fudgy, and out-of-this-world delish.

Matcha has a grassy, earthy, and herbal flavor—almost like a very pungent tea. Its distinct flavor makes it very memorable and popular!

Chocolate and matcha is such a great flavor combination. The bitterness from the chocolate and earthiness from the matcha come together beautifully with a bit of sugar, like in these Chocolate Matcha Brownies.

fudgy baked matcha brownies lined up on parchment paper

Whether you’re new to matcha or regularly enjoy it in lattes and matcha cocktails, these brownies are a great way to get the tasty superfood into food!

Matcha Brownies Ingredients

Here’s everything you need:

  • Unsalted butter. This recipe works best with softened butter.
  • Granulated sugar. For sweetness. You can also use coconut sugar, but they will be a little less sweet.
  • Oil. For extra moisture. I love to use coconut oil in this recipe, but you can also use canola, vegetable, grapeseed, or a very mild olive oil.
  • Eggs. For moisture, leavening, and binding.
  • Vanilla Extract. For flavor and a little extra liquid.
  • All-purpose flour. This acts as the base for your brownie batter. You can substitute whole wheat flour but use 1/2 cup minus one tablespoon if you are doing so.
  • Salt. To enhance the flavor of your chocolate and matcha.
  • Cocoa Powder. What’s a brownie without it? I use dark cocoa powder for extra chocolatiness.
  • Chocolate Chips. To get them extra fudgy.
  • Matcha Powder. The fun, colorful, and caffeinated addition to your new favorite brownies!
granulated sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, salt, unsalted butter, matcha powder, large eggs, all-purpose flour, and dark chocolate chips

Matcha Brownies Tips and Tricks

The Secret is in the Softening

The butter you use should be unsalted. This will allow you to control the amount of salt you are adding to your Matcha Brownies. It’s also imperative that your butter is softened—not melted, and not too solid.

If you take your stick of butter out of the fridge before you get started and set it near your oven while it’s preheating, that should be plenty of time for it to soften.

But if you forget to take it out—don’t worry! Just microwave it until you get the right consistency.

Start with 15 seconds. Test it, and if it’s still not done, give it another 10 seconds. From there, drop down to 5-second intervals.

You’ll know your butter is softened when your finger leaves an imprint when you poke it.

Green tip: Look for organic and palm oil-free butter if you can. Buying organic means you are supporting farms that do not use damaging pesticides and fertilizers, and palm oil production is a huge driver behind deforestation.

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Cream Your Butter, Sugar, and Oil First

Creaming your fat (in this case butter and oil) and the sugar together doesn’t just combine these ingredients together smoothly, it actually aerates them.

Adding these air pockets is a super-effective way to get that soft and chewy fudgy brownie texture. Use your hand mixer on high to get the butter-oil-sugar mixture nice and smooth.

using a pink hand mixer to cream together butter and sugar
using a hand-mixer to cream together butter, oil, and sugar

Add Your Eggs and Vanilla Next

Next up—more moisture. Add your eggs and vanilla extract and beat again with your hand mixer until well-combined.

It’s always a great idea to crack your eggs into a separate bowl first to avoid eggshells. But hey, if you wanna live on the wild side, who am I to judge?

adding vanilla extract to matcha brownie batter
Adding vanilla extract to matcha brownie batter.

Mix in Your Flour and Salt

Add in these two dry ingredients and mix again until you have a smooth, clump-free batter.

At this point, it should resemble a yellow cake batter.

adding all-purpose flour to brownie batter
Adding all-purpose flour to brownie batter.

Scoop Out Some Batter

Use a measuring cup to scoop out about 1/2 cup of the batter and put it into a separate, smaller bowl. This separated batter will be used to make your matcha swirl.

scooping out one half cup of batter to seperate into two
Using a measuring cup to scoop out 1/2 cup of brownie batter.

Add Cocoa and Matcha Separately

Add your matcha powder to the smaller bowl with the batter you scooped out. Use your hand mixer, a whisk, or a spatula to combine, ensuring there are no clumps of matcha left behind.

Then, add the cocoa powder and chocolate chips to the larger mixing bowl with the remaining batter. Mix well.

Line or Grease Your Pan

I find the perfect pan to bake these brownies in is a 9 x 9 inch. You can spray it with cooking spray or oil, line it with parchment paper, or run some butter around the inside to ensure that you can easily remove your brownies once they are baked.

Green tip: Consider filling your own reusable oil sprayer to avoid extra pesky aerosol cans, that aren’t always recyclable.

Swirl Your Batters

Add the chocolate brownie batter first and use a spatula to smooth it out. Then scoop your matcha batter sporadically on top.

Use a spoon, knife, or icing spatula to swirl the batters together.

Now it’s time to bake!

Are you an ooey-gooey middle brownie person? Try baking for 30 minutes and leave them slightly underbaked, but allow them to cool and solidify before cutting them.

If you’re an edge brownie fan, give these a good 30 minutes before checking if a toothpick comes out clean.

swirling chocolate brownie batter and matcha brownie batter together
using a knife to swirl matcha and chocolate brownie batters

How to Store and Save Fudgy Matcha Brownies

Keep your brownies in an airtight container or cover them to store. At room temperature, these matcha brownies will stay nice and fresh for 3-4 days.

To extend the life of your brownies, freeze them! They will last up to 4 months in an airtight container in the freezer. Just allow them to thaw at room temperature before digging in.

tall stack of fudgy matcha brwonies
stacked matcha brownies

What Makes these Chocolate Matcha Brownies Stand Out

  • The chocolate! The very name “brownies” indicates the presence of chocolate. If you’re looking for a recipe for matcha brownies that does not contain any chocolate, you are actually looking for a matcha blondie.
  • They’re unique. The colorful and flavorful addition of matcha to these otherwise fudgy brownies is a fun new take on the chocolate-y classic.
  • They’re caffeinated. Add a little pep to your step.
  • The texture. Fudgy on the inside with a crackly top.

If you’re loving these Fudgy Matcha Brownies and are looking for more brownie recipes, check out these One Bowl Fudgy Chocolate Brownies and these Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Brownies!

fudgy matcha brownies surrounded by bright pink flowers

Fudgy Chocolate Matcha Brownies

5 from 7 votes
Marley Goldin
These fudgy Matcha Brownies are a fun twist on the classic with a vibrant tea flavor addition to compliment the otherwise chocolatey treat.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 brownies



  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened (½ cup usually = 1 stick)
  • 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons oil (coconut, canola, vegetable, or grapeseed)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons matcha powder
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F and line or spray a 9 x 9-inch square pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, oil, and sugar with a hand mixer on high until the mixture is smooth.
  • Add vanilla extract and eggs and mix again until combined.
  • Next, add your flour and salt and mix again until well-combined and no clumps remain.
  • Use a measuring cup to scoop out about 1/2 cup of your batter and place it in a separate mixing bowl. Add your matcha powder and stir until smooth.
  • Add the cocoa powder and chocolate chips to the leftover batter to create a smooth, fudgy brownie batter.
  • Add the chocolate brownie batter to the prepped pan first and use a spatula to smooth it out. Then, add the matcha batter on top sporadically, and use a spoon, knife, or spatula to swirl the two batter together, creating a marbling effect.
  • Bake for 30 minutes if you like your brownies gooey. Leave them slightly underbaked but allow them to cool and solidify before cutting them. If you are more of an edge brownie person, bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Pro Tips

  • To quickly soften butter, microwave it in 15-second intervals until your finger leaves an imprint in the butter when you poke it.
  • I used culinary-grade matcha for this recipe and found it was potent enough to lend a vibrant matcha flavor. If you are using ceremonial-grade matcha powder, you may want to slightly reduce the amount of matcha you add to your batter, unless you are looking for a super matcha-forward brownie.
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Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Asian
Diet Vegetarian
Keyword Brownies, Chocolate, Matcha
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2 thoughts on “Fudgy Matcha Brownies”

  1. 5 stars
    Marley, this was such a good recipe! I always feel like with baking I end up doing something wrong, but this was really easy to follow and make! I ran out of granulated sugar, so I swapped in brown sugar instead, and it turned out great! It was gooey, but not messy. So absolutely perfect. Thank you so much!!

    1. I’m so so glad you loved them, Reign! One of my favorites for sure 🙂 thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback!

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