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RECIPE: Edible Flower Shortbread Cookies

I'm a sucker for a good shortbread and a warm cup of tea. Shortbread cookies are basically little, buttery bites of heaven in my opinion, and combining my love of flowers in this recipe has always been a favorite of mine. I made these for the very first time for my mother on Mother's Day a few years ago, and they quickly became a favorite. Shortbread is so easy to make, with only a few ingredients, and by adding culinary grade lavender and roses and a simply, yummy glaze on top, they look absolutely beautiful, too.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 tsp culinary grade lavender or 2 tsp culinary grade dried rose petals, plus extra for decorating

  • 2 tsp lemon zest

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1-2 tablespoons of whole milk

You'll also need

  • Parchment Paper

  • Plastic Wrap


  • In a bowl, mix together the flour and salt.

  • In a separate bowl, cream together the room temperature butter and powdered sugar until smooth, then add the vanilla, lavender (or rose petals) and lemon and mix well.

  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until you form a ball of dough.

  • Place the dough on a slightly powdered surface (use powdered sugar) and gently row the dough out into a 2" wide cylinder with flat ends.

  • Wrap the cylinder in plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill (approximately 30 minutes).

  • About 5 minutes before taking your dough out of the fridge, preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

  • Cut cookies about 1/3" thick and place on a backing sheet covered in parchment paper.

  • Bake your cookies for 12-14 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are very slightly brown.

  • Allow them to cool completely.

  • To make the glaze, whisk together or use a mixer to combine the powdered sugar and whole milk until smooth (no lumps).

  • Once cookies are cool, you can either dip your cookies in the glaze or drizzle the glaze over the cookie. I like to add more lavender or rose petals to the top.

Let me know what you think in the comments if you try this recipe and don't forget to tag @LifeTranscribed in social media so I can see how pretty your shortbreads turn out!

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