Flower Shortbread Cookies




Introduction: Flower Shortbread Cookies

About: Hi, I'm Éva from Hungary. I love baking, cooking, and gardening, not to mention the perfect combination: cooking using fruits and veggies from our garden. I often experiment with new ingredients and try to u...

Hi everyone,

Although these cookies are not very seasonal with Christmas being just around the corner, I thought I'd guide you through anyway. I made them mid-spring when we had an abundance of edible flowers in the garden, and my family liked them so much that they are on my next year's schedule. It may seem very complicated, but in fact they are absolutely easy to make.

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Step 1: You'll Need


  • 250 g softened butter
  • 350 g plain flour
  • 120 g icing sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • edible flowers ( I used pansy, violets, apple and cherry blossom)
  • beetroot powder (optional)

Be careful with flowers, though. Not all flowers are edible. If you are not sure, don"t risk using them. Look for organically grown flowers.


  • parchment paper
  • brush
  • cookie cutter
  • sieve
  • knife
  • stand mixer
  • rolling pin

Step 2: The Dough

Separate the egg. Save the egg white for later.

Mix butter and sugar until combined, add egg yolk, salt, vanilla and flour. Mix well, transfer the dough onto the counter and form it into a ball.

Wrap it into a piece of parchment paper and put it into the fridge for at least one hour.

Step 3: Cut and Bake

Roll the dough but not too thin.

If you wish, dust with beetroot powder to add a new color and use a biscuit cutter to make the cookies.

Bake in the preheated oven, at 180 Celsius for 15 minutes.

Let them cool at room temperature.

Step 4: Decorate

The fun starts now!

Remove the green part from the flowers.

Brush the cookies with egg whites, place the flowers facing up on top and gently brush the flowers with another layer of egg white so that it sticks to the cookie.

Repeat the process with each cookie.

Step 5: Last Steps

As I don' t like eating raw eggs, I decided to put the cookies back into the oven for a short time. (180 Celsius, 3 - 4 minutes) Flowers seemed to shrink slightly - so don't be afraid to put large flowers on your cookies and also, colors got paler, but I still loved the outcome.

Happy baking!

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    8 Discussions


    4 weeks ago

    These are just gorgeous!
    Nice work. :-)


    Reply 27 days ago

    Thank you very much :-)


    2 months ago

    Beautiful, as always with your stuff!


    Reply 2 months ago

    Just because I don’t post any of my mishaps here :-)


    Reply 2 months ago

    Thanks :-)

    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    2 months ago

    So dainty and cute! I like the idea of dusting with beetroot. Does it just add color or does it add any flavor?


    Reply 2 months ago

    Thanks! Beetroot adds mainly to the color, the cookies don’t end up with a stromg beety taste. The flavor of butter is overwhelming, as I think it is supposed to be with shortbread. Nevertheless, as I recall there was a faint earthy flavor that I could taste kind of sneaking in at the more heavily dusted parts.