For those unfamiliar with matcha, it's a green tea often used for tea ceremonies in Japan. The tea is pulverized into a powder and mixed into the water without being strained, so you’re actually eating the tea leaves when you drink it. It's a very bitter tea, and it's a very popular flavouring for many Japanese treats. The thing about matcha as a flavour is sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I had the horror of having a matcha snow cone and it certainly did not work, I couldn't get more than two or three mouthfuls into it.
These cookies on the other hand work perfectly with the matcha. They work so well that I would be tempted to use matcha when I bake cookies in the future. It's fairly common for matcha to work in baked treats, I've had many cakes, cookies and other baked treats that tasted really great with matcha flavouring. I think it has something to do with the balance of sweet and bitter. These cookies not only work because of this balance, but the chocolate chips also ad a really nice smooth sweet flavour to the mix.
As I said before, I've had some really big hit and misses with matcha. Often it works fairly well with baked treats, but in this case it works really well. These cookies not only taste great, but it also has inspired me to try experimenting with matcha in my own baking.