These pretty floral Shortbread Cookies decorated with real, freshly picked Violets are perfect for any special occasion or garden party!
I have so many Pinterest pins on my “Recipes with Edible Flowers” board. Sometimes it’s hard to pick one to make because they’re just all so lovely! But when I found these shortbread Pansey cookies I knew I HAD to make them. I just love Violets and when I saw them scattered across the garden, with their pretty purple petals, I thought they would look so pretty on delicate shortbread cookies! Honestly, I’m one of those people that gets excited about baking a new recipe, so I couldn’t wait to make them and see if they would turn out as pretty as I imagined them in my head!
I think they turned out so pretty! Not only do they look lovely but they taste delicious too! Especially with a cup of tea! I am thinking that I’m going to have to throw a garden tea party just to serve these gorgeous flower cookies.
These floral shortbreads are so easy to make too! The hardest part for me was actually finding pesticide free Violets! If you can get your hands on some Violets or Pansies, Or maybe try them with these Sugared Violet Petals I would definitely recommend making these because they are just as sweet as they can be!
Just before I went out to pick the Violets on the lawn, the owners of the house had it sprayed with pesticide! So even though, the Violets were still just as pretty, I definitely couldn’t use them on food. I see Violets all over the place but it seems like when I actually need them, they are nowhere to be found! Does that ever happen to you? Like when I’m constantly finding hair ties all over the house but when I actually need one, I can’t find a single one! Anyway, I foraged in my Mother’s garden for the Violets, but there really weren’t enough to make very many cookies. A few hours later, while walking through a field, I came across a huge patch of Violets! I couldn’t believe it! After all that, I finally had more than I could even use!
So I had my Violets, but that same week my camera shutter broke and every picture I took had a black line running through them. But I had already made the cookies and I didn’t know how long the Violets would last so I went ahead and took pictures anyway. For every one picture that you see here, about ten were ruined! In the end, these delicious cookies were worth it though!
What do Violets taste like?
What do Violets taste like? They actually don’t have a very strong taste which is perfect for letting the butter cookie shine through. If you would like more information on Violets as Edible Flowers or if you need some Reasons to Eat Violets, you can check out my post here.
How to Make Violet Cookies
First of all, as I mentioned earlier, you will need pesticide free Violets to make these floral cookies. If Violets are out of season, or you’re having trouble finding them, you can also use Pansies or other edible flowers of your choice. Gently wash the Violets and pat them dry with a napkin.
Prepare the shortbread cookie dough according to the instructions in the recipe at the end of this post. Roll out the dough to a half and inch thickness. Make sure you aren’t rolling the dough too thin or the cookies will break.
Using a Biscuit Cutter or a cookie cutter, cut circles out of the dough and place them on a baking sheet.
Transfer the cookies to a Cookie Sheet and bake.
Once they are cooled, you are ready for the fun part, decorating the cookies with flowers and petals!
How to Decorate Cookies with Flowers
You will need a bowl of egg white mixture (included in the recipe below), a small paintbrush (make sure it’s clean!), and your flowers.
Dip the paintbrush in the egg white and brush it all over the top of the cookie. Take a flower and lay it gently on the cookie and arrange it however you like. Then brush the top of the flower with more egg white so that all the petals are covered.
You can decorate these using either the whole Violet flower, or using just some petals. I did a mixture of both. Alternatively, the leaves of the Violet flowers are also edible so you can even make a few cookies using Violet leaves to give your cookie platter some green!
A Tip to Make Your Cookies Beautiful
Here’s a little tip for getting the Violet flower to look good on the cookie. I found that they didn’t lay flat very well, because when you cut too much of the stem off, they fell apart. To solve this problem, I took the petals all off the flower and rearranged them myself in the shape of a Violet flower. You can try this method if you’re having trouble getting the flowers to lay flat.
Set on a cookie sheet and repeat the process until you have decorated all the cookies!
You can also sprinkle the cookies with sugar if you want to, for a sugary finish. I left mine plain because I wanted the flowers to really shine through but I’ve also tried it with the sugar and they are still just as pretty. Next time I want to try it with this lovely Violet Glitter Sugar! I think it would look so pretty, especially for a fairy garden party!
Bake the cookies for 5 more minutes to set them. Let them cool on a wire Cooling Rack and then they are done! You can store them in an air-tight container for a week.
- 3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon of water
- Beat butter in a mixer until smooth. Add in sugar, vanilla and salt and continue to beat. With the mixer on low, add in the flour and mix until incorporated.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes (or longer if you need!)
- Roll the dough out and use a biscuit cutter to make circles.
- Bake in a preheated oven, 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Let them cool at room temperature.
- Mix one egg white and one teaspoon of water in a small bowl. Set aside till you are ready to decorate the cookies.
- While cookies are baking, gently wash Violets in cool water. Place face down on a clean kitchen towel or pat dry with a napkin.
- Snip off stems as close to base of flower as possible.
- Place cookies on a clean, dry work surface. Brush top of one cookie with egg white wash. Place a prepared flower or flower petals on cookie.
- Brush Violet all over with egg wash. Repeat with all the cookies.
- Sprinkle cookie with sugar if desired.
- Return cookies to sheet pan when completed and bake for another 5 minutes at 325 degrees, then transfer to cooling rack.