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White Chocolate Shortbread Biscuits – Four Variations

White Chocolate Shortbread Biscuits with 4 Different Flavours.

Biscuits, Gifts | 18th December 2013 | By

If you’re a shortbread fan, you’ll find a whole plethora of ideas for white chocolate shortbread biscuits in this post. They are all delicious and the variations are endless. If you like the idea of lemon, orange, coffee or matcha flavours, we’ve got you covered.

I was really pleased with the chilli white chocolate shortbread snowflakes that I made last month. So I seem to have done nothing else in the last few weeks but make more white chocolate shortbread biscuits based on that recipe.

White Chocolate Shortbread Biscuits

Shortbread is one of the easiest cookie bakes to make. It’s also one of the most delicious. My recipe for white chocolate shortbread requires only a little extra effort. It produces a slightly less crumbly biscuit, but one that is perfect for cutting into shapes.

As well as a mix of wholemeal and plain flour, I’ve used brown rice flour. If you find this difficult to get hold of you can use semolina instead.

I haven’t quite decided what biscuits I shall be making for Christmas this year, but as I’ve ordered some organic oranges, I’m currently in favour of making some orange and cinnamon flavoured ones. By the new year, I suspect I shall be thoroughly fed up with shortbread.

Like their chilli shortbread predecessors, any of the following recipes would look good pierced and hung with ribbon from the Christmas tree. They’d also make lovely Christmas, birthday or thank you gifts.

But don’t think these gorgeous shortbread cookies are only for Christmas. They will be appreciated at any time of year.

Decide if you prefer lemon, orange, coffee or matcha green tea then get your baking gear out and make these white chocolate shortbread biscuits. But don’t feel limited to just these four flavours; the variations are endless. Did I mention my ginger white chocolate shortbread?

Tea and Coffee Shortbread

Recently I baked for a friend’s birthday party. As well as a variety of cakes and tarts, I thought it would be fun to make “after dinner” tea and coffee biscuits.

Matcha Green Tea Heart Cookies

Matcha White Chocolate Shortbread Hearts.

With 100 guests expected, I made two batches of the biscuits which resulted in 110 in total. To one I added Japanese matcha tea powder. This gives an intriguing tea flavour and a beautiful green colour. And to the other batch I added some ground coffee which gives an interesting speckled look and a mild but definite coffee flavour.

Instead of freshly ground coffee, you could use spent coffee grounds instead. Love food, hate waste.

Coffee White Chocolate Shortbread Biscuits

Coffee White Chocolate Shortbread.

These white chocolate shortbread biscuits proved to be rather popular, especially, it seemed, for scooping up a very large trifle that someone made for the occasion.

Lemon and Cardamom Shortbread Biscuits

Even more recently, I made over sixty lemon and cardamom biscuits for my last day at work. I can’t quite believe I’ve left after all these years. But the shortbread went down very well.

Lemon & Cardamom White Chocolate Shortbread

Lemon and Cardamom White Chocolate Shortbread.

Orange & Cinnamon Shortbread

In the end I did make a batch of orange & cinnamon white chocolate shortbread biscuits. Sweet, spicy and citrussy, they were just perfect for Christmas. I piled them into bags, tied with a ribbon, labeled and gifted them to various friends. I did manage to snaffle one for myself and it really was most scrumptious.

Orange & Cinnamon Shortbread

Orange & Cinnamon White Chocolate Shortbread Buttons.

More Shortbread Recipes You Might Like

You’ve probably guessed by now that shortbread is my absolute favourite biscuit. Just in case you don’t already have enough ideas with these white chocolate shortbread biscuit variations, here are a few more.

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White Chocolate Shortbread Biscuits with 4 Different Flavours.

White Chocolate Shortbread Biscuits – The Recipe

White Chocolate Shortbread Biscuits with 4 Different Flavours.
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White Chocolate Shortbread Biscuits

A base white chocolate shortbread recipe with four flavour variations: orange & cinnamon, lemon and cardamom, coffee and matcha green tea.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Gift, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: biscuits, cookies, shortbread, white chocolate
Servings: 60 small biscuits
Calories: 46kcal


Base Recipe

  • 50 g good quality white chocolate
  • 170 g unsalted butter
  • 85 g golden caster sugar (I use cardamom sugar for the lemon cardamom biscuits)
  • 175 g plain flour (half wholemeal, half white)
  • 80 g brown rice flour or semolina
  • pinch rock or sea salt (I use pink Himalayan rock salt)
  • fine caster sugar for dusting


  • 2 heaped tsp matcha green tea powder
  • 2 heaped tsp ground coffee beans
  • grated zest of 1 organic lemon and seeds from 3 cardamom pods – ground
  • grated zest of 1 organic orange + 1 rounded tsp of ground cinnamon


  • Soften the chocolate in a bowl suspended over a pan of hot, but not boiling water for a few minutes. It doesn’t need to be completely melted. Remove from the heat.
  • Cube the butter and add to the chocolate to soften.
  • Cream the butter, chocolate and sugar together until pale in colour and fluffy in texture.
  • Add the the flours and salt together with the ingredients for your preferred flavour.
  • Stir until just incorporated, then form into a ball with your hands. Leave to in a cool place to firm up for half an hour.
  • Roll out to about 3mm in thickness and stamp out small shapes to make 50 to 60 biscuits in total.
  • Leave in a cool place to firm up for 15 minutes.
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven for 7-8 mins at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) or until just golden.
  • Dust with fine caster sugar whilst still hot, then transfer to a wire rack to cool and harden.


Instead of freshly ground coffee, you could use spent coffee grounds instead. Love food, hate waste.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on exact ingredients used.


Calories: 46kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 71IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg


Well as far as cookies go, these white chocolate shortbread biscuits are fairly Quick and Easy to make. Which makes them eminently suitable for this month’s The Biscuit Barrel with Laura of I’d Much Rather Bake Than … The stamping can be fiddly if you use a small snowflake cutter as I did for the lemon cardamom cookies. But if you use a larger and simpler stamp it doesn’t take very long at all.

As I buy my wholemeal flour locally at Cotehele Mill, I’m entering these very British biscuits into Shop Local at Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary. Cotehele has a traditional water powered mill and grinds local flour with stone.

And as all of my shortbread is made from scratch, I’m sending some of these to Javelin Warrior for his Made with Love Mondays.

I’m also sending my orange & cinnamon shortbread to the Spice Trail over at Bangers & Mash. The chosen spice this month is cinnamon.

Finally, I’m also sharing these flavoured shortbread biscuits with Recipes Made Easy for #CookBlogShare.


  1. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    18th December 2013 at 12:47 pm

    We should all have a base shortbread recipe like this one. I am always going to choose lemon and cardamom no matter what.

  2. Elizabeth

    18th December 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Mmmm these sound so tempting! Love that they contain wholemeal flour too so they’re a little bit more healthy than they otherwise might have been. Thank you for sharing with #ShopLocal ! 🙂

  3. Laura Denman

    18th December 2013 at 6:47 pm

    White chocolate and shortbread sounds like a winning combination to me =) and I love the number of variations. Thanks for sharing them with the Biscuit Barrel challenge!

  4. Baking Addict

    18th December 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Wow you have been busy churning out shortbreads! The flavour combinations all sound lovely and I can’t wait to see what the orange one is like.

  5. Javelin Warrior

    19th December 2013 at 2:15 am

    So many delicious shortbread options, Choclette! I’m a big fan of any kind of shortbread and love the idea of a white chocolate version…

  6. The Caked Crusader

    22nd December 2013 at 5:49 pm

    What a lovely combination!

    Happy Christmas

  7. prwilson

    25th December 2013 at 12:50 am

    Love a nice bit of shortbread.

  8. Rachel Cotterill

    2nd January 2014 at 5:23 pm

    I love shortbread, and you’re right, it’s such a versatile recipe 🙂

  9. Pavani

    31st January 2020 at 12:00 am

    Such lovely collection of shortbread cookies. I LOVE making shortbread cookies because they are so easy to put together and taste delicious. I can’t pick which flavor to pick from your yummy options. I love the color of matcha cookies but the orange and cinnamon sounds absolutely intriguing… Pinned for now!! Will think in leisure on what to make first 😉

    • Choclette

      1st February 2020 at 9:58 am

      Thanks Pavani. Shortbread is one of the easiest cookies to make and also the most delicious I reckon.

  10. Ben M

    31st January 2020 at 8:42 pm

    No. Cookies are not only for Christmas… they are good ALL YEAR ROUND and these white chocolate Shortbread cookies look perfect. Thanks for sharing.

    • Choclette

      1st February 2020 at 9:56 am

      Well that’s very true Ben and we Brits love our shortbread.

  11. Uma Srinivas

    31st January 2020 at 11:50 pm

    Yes, I am a shortbread fan!! You have awesome shortbread collections. Great for parties and potlucks.

    • Choclette

      1st February 2020 at 9:54 am

      Oh what a good idea. I’ve never actually thought of taking shortbread to a potluck, but it’s so popular, it would definitely be a winner.

  12. Jacqui – Recipes Made Easy:Only Crumbs Remain

    3rd February 2020 at 6:18 pm

    I adore shortbread in all its flavours. I must try the one with coffee! Thank you for linking to #CookBlogShare

    • Choclette

      5th February 2020 at 9:27 am

      Shortbread really is the quintessential British biscuit. Well apart from digestives and come to think of it there’s quite a few. We are a biscuit nation.

  13. louise Gunstone

    5th February 2020 at 3:06 pm

    I love shortbread but had no idea you could use so many different flavours to mix it up. Looking forward to trying a few.

    • Choclette

      6th February 2020 at 8:07 am

      Ooh, the possibilities are endless Louise. Although classic plain shortbread is delicious too.

  14. Lou | Crumbs and Corkscrews

    5th February 2020 at 9:35 pm

    I love all these different shortbread flavours; I’m really taken by the matcha and white chocolate ones! I’d never have thought to try them together, but I’m definitely going to try it. Thank you for sharing #CookBlogShare

    • Choclette

      6th February 2020 at 8:09 am

      The matcha and white chocolate combination and me go back a long way Lou. The sweetness and creaminess of the white chocoalte offsets the matcha bitterness.


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