Yin Yang Butter Cookies

Two different flavours of cookies, orange and chocolate, put together in perfect harmony to create this playful, slice-and-bake yin-yang cookie.
The Yin-Yang is one of the most famous symbols represented in Taoism--a Chinese religion and philosophy.

Butter CookiesChocolate Cookies
  • 90 g Unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 35 g Caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Orange extract

  • 1 tbsp Egg yolk
  • 85 g German #405 flour
  • 90 g German #405 flour
  • 10 g Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 60 g Unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 50 g Caster sugar
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp Rum extract
  1. Cut the butter into smaller pieces and place them in a mixing bowl. Add caster sugar gradually at the side of the bowl while mixing, beating thoroughly after each addition. Switch to medium speed to beat sugar and butter until the mixture fluffy and pale. Scrape the bowl down to make sure everything is thoroughly combined. Beat in egg yolk and orange extract until smooth. Add in the flour and fold to combine. Wrap up the cookie dough and chill for 1 hour.
  2. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and salt in a bowl. Set aside. Cut the butter into smaller pieces and place them in another mixing bowl. Add caster sugar gradually at the side of the bowl while mixing, beating thoroughly after each addition. Switch to medium speed to beat sugar and butter until the mixture fluffy and pale. Scrape the bowl down to make sure everything is thoroughly combined. Beat in egg yolk and rum extract until smooth. Add in the cocoa flour mixture and fold to combine. Wrap up the chocolate cookie dough and chill for 1 hour.

  3. Divide each dough into 4 logs, about 1 inch in diameter, and reserve about 10 grams of each dough to make the dots. Press one side of each log with your thumb to make a comma shape. Cover and chill 1 hour until firm.
  4. Dust a work surface lightly with flour. Place one orange dough log with round side down on the work surface. Brush the side lightly with water and turn the chocolate dough log on top of the orange dough, creating the yin-yang pattern. Gently roll the log until round. Repeat with the remaining logs. Wrap and chill 1-2 hours until firm.
  5. Preheat the oven to 175C/350F. Cut the cookie logs into 5mm thick slices. Arrange the cookies on a parchment paper lined baking pan, about an inch apart. Pinch a bit of reserved chocolate dough, and roll it into a small round ball. Gently press it into the orange part of the cookies. Do the same with the reserved orange dough and press them into the chocolate part of the cookies. Bake in the center of preheated oven for about 12 minutes. Cool the cookies on the rack.


Reeni 27/9/08 23:20

I love these, what a great idea! They would be perfect with a cup of tea!

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 18/9/19 15:35

what a delightful looking two tone cookie I would love some with my morning coffee right now!

Evi Erlinda 18/9/19 15:42

Cute cookies.
You always have amazing ideas.

foodtravelandwine 18/9/19 16:10

Wow!!...they look beautiful....and the taste combination is awesome!.....Abrazotes, Marcela

Kitchen Riffs 18/9/19 17:10

What a fun idea! These look great. And orange and chocolate are the perfect flavors to pair. Good stuff -- thanks.

Pam 18/9/19 17:39

So cute, clever and tasty!

Suja Manoj 18/9/19 18:23

Looks so cute, perfectly baked.

Natalia 18/9/19 20:10

Wow,Angie, you are such an artist! What a clever idea☺ I bet they are delicious ☺

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 19/9/19 00:20

I've always been so impressed by two-toned cookies and yours are works of art, Angie! I love the orange and chocolate flavors together too. Well done!

Dahn 19/9/19 06:34

Orange goes so well with chocolate, this looks delicious and has me craving them

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 19/9/19 13:33

Wow, what unique, beautiful cookies!! And the flavors are marvelous, too!!

Mae Travels 19/9/19 13:57

Definitely an impressive amount of work went into those cookies — beautiful!

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com 19/9/19 16:04

Angie, I've always loved that flavor combination and these cookies look like the perfect cookies for my next tea party!

Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary 19/9/19 16:51

These yin and yang cookies are so fun, Angie!!! I love the combination of orange and chocolate - so unique and delicious for a cookie!! These would definitely be a hit at a party!

Isabell`s kitchen 19/9/19 17:52

These cookies look great! Such a lovely idea! Thanks for sharing!

2pots2cook 19/9/19 17:52

Absolute keeper dear ! Sharing with the world :-)

Zaza 19/9/19 22:15

Your cookies are so cute and look delicious! Such a wonderful post, Angie!

Kankana Saxena 19/9/19 23:04

oh these are so perfect and looks so cute :)

Balvinder 20/9/19 03:32

Oh my goodness these cookies look amazing with two flavors!!

judee 20/9/19 15:30

These cookies look like a fun cookie to project to make with my grandkids and the recipe is simple and easy. Can't wait to try these. Love your Alfred Newman quote

Anca 20/9/19 16:07

These look so cute! I love the idea and I don't think I've seen cookies like this before. Love the flavours as well.

Ashley@CookNourishBliss 20/9/19 17:47

I LOVE orange and chocolate together! These cookies are too fun!

chillout 20/9/19 21:22

Wow, it's look awesome! Have to try it :)


Nancy Chan 21/9/19 06:04

Cute and pretty cookies. I am sure the cookies taste superb!

Abbe@This is How I Cook 22/9/19 05:20

I need these right now. What great looking cookies and I love the yin-yang!

Valentina 22/9/19 20:31

Angie, these are so much fun! I think anybody who brings these to a party would be a big hit!

Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness 24/9/19 04:44

Fun cookies. I love the chocolate and orange combination.

grace 24/9/19 17:21

clever idea and wonderful execution!!

mjskit 26/9/19 04:55

What fun cookies! One bite and you get a little orange and chocolate. How can you beat that!

tigerfish 26/9/19 15:48

Indeed, chocolate and orange is classic pairing; the yin-yang balance in cookies and in life too :)

Gloria Baker 28/9/19 01:21

So beautiful cookies dear Angie, love them !!xo

Reeni 3/10/19 01:25

Love this idea Angie! They are super cute!!

Noob Cook 4/10/19 09:07

They are so cute. I enjoy looking at all your bakes :)

Choclette 9/10/19 19:38

What a fabulous idea and executed so well too. I've got a thing about ying and yang and now I need these biscuits in my life.

Mindy 10/11/19 17:13

I just love butter cookies and chocolate cookies. Putting them together is brilliant!


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