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So, I really don’t know what happened but apparently St. Patrick’s Day is next week. I’m pretty sure it was JUST Valentine’s Day but what do I know? Before we know it, it will be Easter. St. Patrick’s day kind of snuck up on us this year but we knew we needed to do something to celebrate. It seems like mint is a popular St. Patrick’s Day flavor. Now, I love mint but we wanted to do something different this year. But what other flavoring is green?
That is when it hit me, green tea! We have never done anything green tea flavored. Kelly ran to our local Japanese market and bought a canister of Matcha powder. We decided to go with cream cheese swirl brownies. Can’t go wrong with brownies. We have never used matcha powder before but it worked like a charm. I brought these brownies to work but didn’t tell people what the green was. Everyone guessed green tea though so I was impressed. I was worried the flavor would not be prominent enough, but that was not the case at all. We went a little crazy with the matcha powder so you might be seeing some more green tea recipes from us coming up soon.
If you want to make a festive St. Patrick’s Day dessert but want to try something different, I think green tea is perfect!
4 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup all purpose flour
Cream Cheese Layer
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons matcha powder
Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 8 x 8 pan with parchment and spray with cooking spray. On medium heat melt the butter and chocolate chips together. Melt until smooth; stirring often to prevent burning. Remove from heat. Stir in sugar. Allow to cool slightly and and stir in the beaten eggs. Add the vanilla and flour. Stir until the batter comes together. Pour the batter into the pan. In the bowl of a stand mixer mix together the cream cheese and the sugar until smooth. Add the egg, flour, vanilla, and matcha powder. Mix until combined. Pour over the brownie batter. Using a knife swirl the two layers together. Bake for 40 minutes. The brownies will still be gooey when they come out. Refrigerate at least 1 hour and cut.
Source: A Live Love Pasta Original