Introduction: Good Luck Cookies

Matcha White Chocolate Cookie Recipe

By Luiza Vara and Yadviha Tischenko

Everyone needs luck in their lives. Whether it be before a "make it or break it" moment like a final exam or a simple sweet addition to start off your morning on a positive note for a luckier day filled with positive energy!

So, what's a better way of spreading luck than through some batches of four-leaf clover cookies?

The four-leaf clover is a symbol of good luck along with the color green, making it the perfect inspiration for these delicious good luck cookies you are about to bake. Four-leaf clovers are not always on-demand, therefore, you can create this lucky item yourself in order to spread lucky vibes during events such as St. Patricks Day, a birthday, a commemoration, or even a Notre Dame tailgating event.


Step 1: Ingredients: Foundations of the Magic

light green swirl:

1/2 cup (4 oz, about 112 g, or 1 stick) salted room temperature butter

6 tbsp confectioner's sugar

1 egg yolk

1 1/3 cup (about 126 g) all-purpose flour

1 tsp matcha (green tea powder)

2 pinches of baking powder

⅔ cup white chocolate chips (melted for 15 seconds in microwave)

dark green swirl:

1/2 cup (4 oz, about 112 g, or 1 stick) salted room temperature butter

6 tbsp confectioner's sugar

1 egg yolk

1 cup (about 63 g) all-purpose flour

2 tsp matcha

2 pinches of baking powder

Step 2: Throw It All In(to 2 Bowls)

You will be preparing the light and dark green dough in two separate bowls!

In your lucky bowls of choice (adding the same amount in each bowl as stated in the ingredients list), whisk the egg yolk, confectioners’ sugar, and butter quantities. This is the start of creating the two shades of green dough separately (light and dark green). You can use a whisk or an electric mixer to get the dough to a butter-like consistency.

Step 3: Greeeeeeeeeeen Luck

Now it's time for you to add the colorful and lucky ingredient: matcha!

Side Note: Matcha is full of antioxidants, fibers, and vitamins, making it a healthy main ingredient!

Add one tablespoon of matcha (green tea powder) to one of your bowls and add two tablespoons of the green goodness to the other.

This difference in the amount of matcha each bowl gets, is what results in two distinctive tones of green (light and dark).

Mix thoroughly with an electric mixer or a spatula, until the powder and color are completely infused.

* Tip: If the dough seems too rough, simply add a pinch of egg white to make the consistency smoother and pastier.

Step 4: Chocolate Crunch

To help differentiate the shades even more, and to add more flavor and deliciousness, add white chocolate into the light green mix.

Take 2/3 cup of white chocolate chips and heat them for in a microwave until its a creamy paste. It won't melt completely right away, and that's okay! While the chocolate is still hot, carefully mix it with a spatula so that it becomes a paste with tiny chunks still present.

Then throw your chocolaty paste into the bowl with light green mix and stir it some more until it appears completely blended and the green tone of the mix looks lighter.

The final part in the step is to add 2 pinches of baking powder to each bowl and mix it in thoroughly.

Step 5: Flour Then Dough

To finish up the creation of your dough, you will need to add the magic dust: flour!

Regular All Purpose flour is ideal for this mix.

Simply add one cup of flour to each bowl.

Stir with a spatula until the dough intakes all the flour and becomes a smooth yet crummy dough texture.

* Optional Pro-tip: Substitute 1/4 of each cup of flour with rice flour to create chewier cookies.

Step 6: Roll Up and Roll Out

Once all the flour has been taken in by the dough, it's time to get your hands dirty!!!

In one bowl at a time, start by gently pressing the dough with your hands until it thick enough to form into two separate green balls.

Depending on how comfortable you are with rolling the dough, you can divide the balls, using a non-stick knife, into two section to be rolled out.

Lay out some parchment paper, take each of the colors of dough and place it on different parchment paper and roll out each separately into a thin layer of dough close to a rectangle shape as possible. Once rolled out, carefully place either dough disk on top of the other.

Step 7: Snip and Roll

Once the two thin layers are placed on top of one another, cut out the edges to create a perfect rectangle, and... ROLLLLLLLLLL!!!

You should get a tight sushi-like roll of dough.
Using a non-stick knife, cut the roll into 2 inch sections throughout. Place each section, swirly side up, onto the parchment paper or any another non-stick surface.

Roll it out into a half-an-inch thick pancake shapes with the swirly pattern shown.

Step 8: Bake'm Up

Now you are ready for the final hands-on activity of this magical baking process!!!

Using your shamrock cookie cutter, carefully cut out the shapes of lucky shamrocks out of your pressed pancakes of dough.

This process will produce about 18 cookies (maybe more maybe less).

Pro-tip: You can produce extra cookies from the scrap dough for self enjoyment.

Place the shamrocks 1 to 2 inches away from each other on the tray covered with parchment paper and place them into oven at 350°F for 7-10 minutes. (Fully cooked cookies will have golden edges.)

Once done, take out of the oven and let the cookies cool for at least 30 minutes before transferring from the tray so that they stay intact and not break.




Feel free to share them with your friends and family while sipping on a cup of tea!

Tip: The cookies are chewier the day after and are edible for up to a week. Lots of time to enjoy and share the luck!