These sweet little Matcha Green Tea Cheesecakes are a refreshing treat on a warm, sunny day. The creamy and delicious sweet green tea flavor with a crunchy cookie crust will have you smiling in no time at all.
Not sure green tea is your thing? I suggest trying these Hot Chocolate Cheesecakes for now.
Say hello to my newest "favorite" thing. Green tea is the newest obsession in our house. Please please please tell me that your favorites change all the time too. Whenever I say something is my favorite my husband just rolls his eyes at me because he knows it will usually be short lived.
Clothes, style, trends, food, and drinks are all subject to being my "favorite" of the moment. A few years ago I was loving layered tanks and cardigans all the time.
I have been purging all the cute cardis that I have accumulated over the past few years. Partly because it's way to warm to wear them in Florida, but partly because my clothing style has change again. Now you will usually find me in flip flops, jeans or shorts, and a t-shirt or tank top because it's comfortable.
I think styles and tastes change and evolve with the current trends too. At least mine do. Anyone else out there with me? Please let me know I'm not the only crazy one who changes things up every year or so.
My first introduction to matcha green tea was in a drink from my favorite coffee shop. If you haven't tried this flavor yet, let me assure you. It does taste like green tea because that's the main ingredient. There is no hiding that flavor.
To be honest, I wasn't sure what to think after my first sip. Before you know it though, the drink was gone, and I was sold on the flavor.
So what exactly is Matcha?
Matcha is a powdered green tea that is grown and produced in Japan. (for the most part) The leaves are carefully shaded during the last few weeks of the growing process which increases the chlorophyll content and produces a dark green leaf. These leaves are then ground down into the fine, bright green powder.
Some benefits to drinking matcha tea include energy, calmness, antioxidants, weigh loss, healthy heart, focus and concentration, and healthy skin.
Matcha powder can be used in teas, smoothies, or baking. The powder is extremely potent because it is ground directly from the leaves, so you want to use it sparingly in your recipes.
Have you ever used tried matcha? If so, what is the most unique way you've enjoyed it???
A few weeks ago I found a bag of Matcha powder at Walmart in the baking aisle. Of course, I had to bring it home with me. My first thought was actually to transform this Dark Chocolate Latte into a creamy matcha latte.
But then my cheesecake brain took over, and I knew I had to do mini Matcha Green Tea Cheesecakes first. Aren't you glad that I'm still obsessing over making cheesecake? That is one favorite that will never change. Since we love the "tea" flavor of these Chocolate Chai Cheesecakes, I was excited to start baking.
Tips for making these Matcha Green Tea Cheesecakes:
- Place a large baking sheet on the bottom rack of your oven and fill it half way with water. Preheat the oven with this pan in there. The steam from the water will cause your cheesecakes to bake smooth and creamy.
- Set out your cream cheese ahead of time. I say it all the time, but softened cream cheese is much easier to beat into a creamy cheesecake batter.
- Once your cream cheese and sugar is creamy, add the heavy cream, Matcha powder, honey, and flour. Beat again until everything is mixed in. Over mixing cheesecake batter is one reason why cheesecakes crack. Add the eggs and beat gently one more time.
- Crush your cookies in a food processor and add butter to the crumbs. Spoon into 12 cupcake liners in a pan and press the crumbs down firmly.
- Spoon the cheesecake batter onto the crusts. The liners will be pretty full, but don't worry because they will bake perfectly this way.
- Remove the pan from the oven when the timer goes off and place it on a wire rack. Let the cheesecakes cool for 15 minutes in the pan, then gently lift them out and place on the wire rack.
- Chill in the fridge for a few hours. Adding toppings and enjoy.
Other Matcha green tea recipes you may enjoy:
- This creamy Matcha Coconut Ice Cream needs to happen this summer. I love that it only takes a few ingredients.
- These Matcha White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies make it easy to eat your "greens".
- A batch of these pretty layered Coconut Matcha Blueberry Popsicles would be a great way to cool off this summer.
Tools used to make these Matcha Green Tea Cheesecakes:
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