Are you looking for a sweet, pretty treat for Mother’s Day, a Baby Shower, or “just because”? Then we suggest this delicious shortbread cookie recipe, dressed with edible flowers!
Real Edible Arrangements
Wait, flowers are edible? Well yes, you probably eat them all the time! Broccoli, artichokes, and capers are actually immature flower buds. If you’ve ever enjoyed hibiscus or chamomile tea – also flowers!
You might even be lucky enough that you’ve enjoyed stuffed zucchini flowers (or have even eaten these in a quesadilla). Flowers are everywhere – so why not use them in an eye-catching shortbread cookie recipe?
Experiment … Carefully!
We used pansies (orange, yellow and blue) and cornflowers. You can use any edible flowers available for this recipe. However, please be careful! Do your recipe homework and make sure your flowers are safe for shortbread cookies (here’s a handy link). You should also avoid flowers that were grown with pesticides – in fact, it’s easy (and a great idea) to grow your own.
Don’t Short the Shortbread
A traditional recipe for shortbread cookies is all about the butter. Well, like always, we’re keeping this vegan, so you might ask – how does that work? We’re pleased to say there’s an easy fix. Find yourself a good quality dairy-free butter and you’re good to go! We like the Vegan Buttery Sticks from Earth Balance, but you can go with any butter substitute you’re comfortable with.
Beyond that, just use the recipe tricks that apply to any shortbread cookie!
- Sift the dry ingredients really well
- Don’t overwork the dough: mix until just combined
- After shaping the dough into cookies, chill them thoroughly – this stops them from spreading flat while baking
- Bake until golden brown
- Pour some tea (OK, coffee is alright too)
When you’re done you’ll have beautiful, tender shortbread cookies, garnished with a flower! What’s not to love?
Thanks for checking out our shortbread cookie recipe – we hope you love the edible flowers!
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