Do You Enjoy Taro Milk Tea? Then These Taro Shortbread Cookies are For You!

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I can’t believe that I lived a whole 22 years until I finally had my first taro milk tea! That’s thanks to my husband for introducing me to the world of boba and milk tea. The first one I had was actually from a donut shop in Long Beach, Ca (we lived out there for a couple years). After my first one, I was hooked. I wanted to try all the flavors and there’s a lot! Even after trying all the varieties, taro milk tea was and still is my favorite.

Taro cookies with white chocolate chips next to a bowl of white chocolate chips.
Taro cookies with white chocolate chips next to a bowl of white chocolate chips.

I used a taro powder mix to give these cookies their purple hue and unique flavor. This is what is typically used to make the teas at your local tea and boba shops. I was easily able to find this on Amazon. I’ve included a link below to the same one that I used. Note in the recipe that I did not add any sugar. The reason? The taro mix comes sweetened and didn’t feel the need to add anymore. You also get a bit of added sweetness with the addition of white chocolate chips and a chocolate drizzle which is completely optional but I highly recommend!

Let me know in the comments if you give this recipe a try! Would you like to see any other tea themed cookies or desserts?

Looking for another delicious cookie recipe? Try White Chocolate Chunk & Cherry Cookies

Taro Blended Crème Mix by Angel Specialty Products [3 LB]

White Chocolate Chip Taro Cookies

These cookies are the ideal combination of taro milk tea and a classic shortbread cookie. This recipe yields a dozen of these purple-hued delights!
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Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:12 minutes
Total Time:27 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup taro milk tea powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips

White Chocolate Drizzle:

  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut oil, not melted


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In your stand mixer, combine softened butter and taro milk tea powder. Mix on high for about 3 minutes. I did not add any sugar to this recipe because the taro powder has sugar in it already. Mix in egg and vanilla extract.
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk togtether flour, baking soda and salt. Pour these dry ingedients into your mixer bowl and combine. Add in chocolate chips.
  • Scoop 6 balls of dough onto each cookie sheet and flatten them slightly. Bake at 350°F for 12 minutes. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Feel free to top off with extra chocolate chips while the cookies are still warm.

White Chocolate Drizzle:

  • In a microwave safe bowl, pour in 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips and 1 tsp of coconut oil. Microwave in 20 second increments until you achieve desired cinsistency. Stir chocolate after every 20 seconds.
  • Place a quart size ziploc bag into a tall glass. Pour in chocolate and snip a small corner with scissors. Drizzle design on cookies and enjoy!


  1. 4 stars
    I love the recipe, but have a question. I was looking for the final product to be a lovely purple, but they turned like a battleship gray. Trying to enter these in a competition(will let you know how they fared). Outside of adding massive amounts of food color, any thoughts about the lack of color?

    1. Hi Stacey! Thank you so much for trying out my recipe. I’m glad you loved it and sorry to hear that the color did not meet your expectations. Taro powder is usually pretty light. When I make mine, the final product is a light purple/grayish color as well. My only recommendation would be to possibly try a different taro powder. I found this one on Amazon that looks darker: Taro Powder I have not tried this one myself so please purchase at your own discretion. Good luck with the competition!

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