Sweet and smooth with cocoa butter, white chocolate is a dream ingredient in all kinds of desserts. And even if it isn’t technically chocolate, we treat it as so. Above, our favorite ways to realize its true beauty.
This quick and easy recipe, full of cashews, Peanut Butter Captain Crunch, and white chocolate, is a riff on the average Rice Krispie treat.
Pineapple and Pine Nut Torte
At Portland, Oregon’s Måurice restaurant, pastry chef Kristen Murray layers sponge cake with buttercream and white chocolate ganache, and garnishes the torte with honeyed pineapple slices and candied pine nuts.
White Chocolate-Cream Cheese Mousse
In this updated take on a classic French dessert, cream cheese adds stability and a pleasing tang, which balances the sweet white chocolate without overpowering it.
White Chocolate-Cardamom Panna Cotta
Sweetened with white chocolate only, this rich, Middle Eastern-inspired panna cotta gets its distinctive floral aroma from an infusion of blistered cardamom.
Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cookies
At brunch at the Liberty Bar in San Antonio, a plate of these spicy-sweet cookies is set down on the table at the beginning of the meal—gratis. Featured in our book Best Cookies, they make a perfect cookie for holiday parties, especially when drizzled with a little melted white chocolate.
When making these truffles, use supermarket-quality white chocolate, which has more stabilizers than expensive brands and sets up better.