White Chocolate- the sophisticated, velvety, luscious derivative of the cocoa powder making process is our theme this month. Rich and fatty, ivory white and elegant looking white chocolate. I did not want to undermine its flavors by mixing it in as chips into cookies. So I thought about using it on top of a matcha cookie. It is after all St. Patrick’s day. The lingering sweetness from the matcha when matched with the buttery flavors of the white chocolate makes for a good combination. I sent these to my hubby’s work and this time the reactions from people were mixed. A few of the tasters were not a fan of the matcha. That’s understandable. It takes a while to develop a liking for matcha .
But the tasters who liked the matcha cookies, liked them very much. They said it felt like having a cup of tea with a chocolate cookie. I will take that! Matcha is also a tea that you in fact use whole. You don’t just use the tea leaves and then discard them. You use the powdered form of the tea and you drink/eat everything. It has a vegetable like first taste, which quickly turns into notes of sweetness.
White chocolate is seriously underrated as a baking ingredient–it complements so many other flavors so nicely, like citrus, spices, berries, winter squash, etc. So if you want to see all the ways white chocolate can be used to make terrific cookies, you have come to the right place! If you are a blogger and want to join in the fun, contact Laura at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links.
You can also just use us as a great resource for cookie recipes–be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:
- Black Bottomed Banana & White Choc Chunk Blondies from Baking in Pyjamas
- Cashew and White Chocolate Chips Cookies from SimplyVeggies
- Citrus Olive Oil Biscotti with White Chocolate Chunks from The Spiced Life
- Cookies and Cream Blondies from Sidewalk Shoes
- Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies from Magnolia Days
- Japanese Yuzu Citrus Biscotti from NinjaBaker
- Key Lime White Chocolate Chip Cookies from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Liquid Cocaine (Espresso-White Chocolate) Cookies from Food Lust People Love
- Matcha and White Chocolate Cookies from Spiceroots
- Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate Chips and Toffee Bits from A Baker’s House
- Vanilla, Currant, and White Chocolate Cookies from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- White Chocolate Lemon and Oats Cookies from Bakingyummies
- White Chocolate Oreo Cheesecake Cookies from Made With Love
- White Chocolate Pumpkin Bars from Upstate Ramblings
- White Chocolate Snickerdoodles from Our Good Life
Matcha and White Chocolate Cookies
- For the Cookies
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup cake flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1.5 Tbs Matcha powder
- 1/2 C White chocolate to melt and coat
- Preheat the Oven to 350*F.
- Whisk together both flours, baking powder, matcha and salt.
- Beat butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, and beat until combined, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add flour mixture in two - three batches. Once the dough forms, remove it from the bowl and gather into a ball.
- On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough. Using a lightly floured round cookie cutter, cut out rounds and place about 1 inch apart on a sheet pan lined with parchment. Bake for 15- 18 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Melt the white chocolate and spoon it on the cookies once they are cool. If there is some chocolate remaining, add some macha into it and drizzle some green lines on top of the cookies.
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First I’ll say these tasted amazing. But… the dough was like sand so I only had patience to form a few to try before giving up on it. As written (for me at least) this recipe does NOT work at all! Is there something I’m missing here? Ugh $16.99 for Republic of Tea Matcha.
Nancy, First off thanks for pointing out the omission of the oven temperature. I updated the recipe.
The dough is a basic enriched shortbread dough recipe. If anything, I have had people tell me they skipped the egg and just made do with a basic shortbread cookie recipe. So I don’t know what you are missing.
I’ve never had matcha before so I’m not sure how these would taste, they look very interesting though.
I am a massive fan of matcha.. and have been using it a lot in baking recently. These cookies are perfect for me & they clearly are delicious going by the images!
Totally love the green color! Wow, what a vibrant hue! I’ll bet the flavor is vibrant, too — really nice recipe. Thanks.
I’m just wondering when can I get my hands on some matcha so that I can bake these beautiful and delicious looking cookies.
Great color and great cookies, Anshie! I must have bought an inferior matcha the time I tried it in a recipe because the green color didn’t come through so strongly.
Those are adorable! I happen to have some matcha in my fridge just begging to be used. Fab!!!
The matcha really gave these cookies a fantastic color! I don’t think I’ve had matcha before and am curious to give it a try. Love how you used it with the white chocolate.
Your recipe is a keeper! Love that you use cake flour in the cookies and of course, top o’ the line matcha powder. I can see how matcha fans would swoon over your lovely cookies =)
A wonderful cookie for St. Patrick’s Day and for tea time on any day!