Just in case you were stuck at home like me during the quarantine of 2020 that seems to be going on FOREVER… This is the PERFECT and easy project to do with (or without) the kids! Every week I get a must do list from the teacher since now are are homeschooling for the remainder of the year. We also receive a “may do” list, and they always include things like “learn a new skill”. We decided to bake and using edible flowers make it all the more impressive and looks quite fancy, but is REALLY EASY to accomplish! I get to do something fun WITH the kids that doesn’t involve high pitched noises and for me…that’s a plus.
FLOWER COOKIE RECIPE
- 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp turbinado sugar
- zest of 1 lemon
- assorted fresh flowers (edible)
With a stand mixer, cream together the granulated sugar, butter, lemon zest and vanilla extract. Next, slowly add the flour and mix until well combined.
On a floured work surface, shape the dough into a bout a 2-3″ diameter log, wrap tightly in plastic wrap or parchment paper, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to make sure the dough hardens. You can also freeze these bad boys for up to 3 months!
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it rest on the counter for 5 minutes.
Dust a work surface and rolling pin with flour. Your dough will be firm but not soft. Roll out the dough to a 1/4-inch thick circles. Then, transfer the cookies to the prepared sheets and delicately place the flowers on to the top of the cookies in delicate little arrangements! Add a piece of parchment paper to the top of the cookies then lightly use your rolling pin to press the cookies into the dough. They are like snowflakes…. each will be it’s own little unique masterpiece! After you press the flowers lightly, remove top parchment and sprinkle lightly with the turbinado sugar.
Bake the cookies for 9-12 minutes, until the cookies are slightly golden brown. You don’t want to overcook them especially since the flowers are delicate.
IMPORTANT: Make sure to buy edible and organic flowers for this, or grow your own. Don’t forget, the colors of the flowers you select will darken slightly as you bake them.