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Flower Shortbread Cookies



So this blog post was made in the spring and I am just finding it now in December not posted so I am sharing now and hopefully it will prepare you and fill you with the spring fuzzies.

Spring is officially here when we start sharing flowers with the bees. The boys await the dandelions return and when it comes they eye up their patches and ask themselves is there enough for us and the bees and if the answer is yes we get to picking and baking. We make it all as we are so excited for the fresh green taste and love the imagination boost. One thing we make is usually a double batch of shortbread and then we sit under the sun enjoying our cookies with some dandelion sun tea. This year I baked the cookies and sent the boys out to play while I continued working on getting our house ready for sale. I really like this shortbread recipe as it's very simple, light in flavour and you can add in any extract, seeds, nuts, flowers, greens, spices whatever your heart desires. We made dandelion and creeping charlie cookies, which by the way I think that plant needs a new name, some of them we even put pansy petals on top but I still have to figure out how to place flowers on my cookie like an art piece. You could add in any flowers or leaves or whatever you have on hand depending on the season. Nettle would be great, viola, lilac flowers that is just off the top of my head for springtime flowers.

Basic Shortbread Recipe:

1 cup butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2-1 cup flowers or whatever

2 1/2 cups flour

salt

*I always double my recipe as butter comes in 2 cup blocks.*

Whip your butter and sugar till light and fluffy and add in flowers I sometimes will even muddle them for some juice. I added some citrus zest to my batter you could add fresh zest of anything or a smidge of an extract to match your plant matter. Once light and fluffy and plants have been added add your flour slowly I usually do 2 cups (or 4 1/2 cups) then use the remaining 1/2 cup while I roll out. I use my mixer and I don't have issues with my shortbread going tough. Roll out and use cookie cutters my favorite is a small mouth mason jar lid and 1/4" or more thick. Cook at 325 for 20-25 mins. I find 20 mins is more than enough.

There are multiple ways to add petals. I sprinkle petals on my table then rolled the dough on top and for the pansy petals I dipped in egg and then laid on to my cookie prior to baking. I am going to experiment more and will let you know of my results. In the meantime enjoy and let me know if you tried this recipe or if you have a recipe to share.

Thanks

Deanne



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