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Shortbread Cookies with edible flowers

These light buttery cookies are so beautiful topped with the edible flowers. Perfect served with your tea or coffee!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: edible flower, recipes using edible flowers, shortbread, shortbread cookes, shortbread cookies with edible flowers
Servings: 20 servings
Author: Amy- A Red Spatula


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour You can use 100% all purpose if you prefer. You can even use 100% whole wheat,
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • edible flowers We used rose petals. We also used calendula and bachelor buttons, but they didn't bake as pretty. That is why I only photographed the rose ones for the final shot.
  • granulated sugar for sprinkling the cookies after baking.


  • Add the butter and powered sugar to mixing bowl with paddle attachment. This can also be done by hand if you prefer, you will just need arm strength. Mix for about 1 minute to combine. Add in vanilla and mix for just a few seconds.
    Now, I like this to be a one bowl mix. To do this, add your flours over the butter mixture. Add the salt directly on top of the flours. With a spoon, mix the salt into the flours, just on top. With the salt mixed in, you can now mix it in with the butter mix. Mix this only to combine.
    The dough will need to be chilled before going further. Scrape it from the bowl and wrap in saran wrap. Chill at least one hour.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
    I rolled my cookie dough between parchment paper. If you don't want to do this, lightly flour your surface and roll there.
    Roll your cookies about ¼ inch thick. You can roll them thicker than this, but I like this thickness.
    Cut with your cookie cutter, and carefully move to the parchment lined baking sheet. If the dough has softened too much and you rolled it on parchment, place it in the freezer for about 5 minutes, then it will be simple to move
    Once the cookies are cut, place your edible flowers on top. Pressing the flowers once placed with a sheet of parchment or your fingers.
    Bake until the edges are a very, very light brown. I don't like hardly any color on my shortbread.
    Once the cookies are baked, sprinkle immediately with granulated sugar. Allow to cool. Remove and cool.
    These are perfect, light and so beautiful!