How To Make Edible Flower Shortbread Cookies (with video)

Allow me to show you How To Make Pretty Edible Flower Shortbread Cookies, with a sprinkle of cardamom and beautiful garden flowers that are edible. 

How To Make Edible Flower Shortbread Cookies!
How To Make Edible Flower Shortbread Cookies!

Edible Flowers?

Naturally, we know that flowers are nature’s perfect artwork.

However did we realize that they are no different than the herbs or leafy vegetables we eat?

The flavor of each flower varies from flower to flower, as do herbs and their health benefits.

Edible flowers
Edible Flowers

Our Garden To Table Fresh Flowers

There’s nothing more beautiful than a splash of color across our yard, from our own garden, or a vase on a tabletop

So why not plant a few flowers that are specifically edible?

Easily obtained in a window box, outdoor garden or just a few pots indoors. 

Middle Eastern Cooking And Rose Petals

Having grown up in a Middle Eastern influenced home, we always had desserts flavored with rosewater or orange blossom water. 

The flavor of rosewater, like the Rosewater Baklava I made on the PBS program, has a floral, yet sometimes strong flavor. 

And yet, the chopped rose petals are very delicate in flavor. 

Rosewater Baklawa/Baklava Muffins
Rosewater Baklawa/Baklava Muffins

Growing Edible Nasturtium Flowers For Salad

Having worked alongside my chef son, in a large family event catering company, long ago, I learned about nasturtium flowers and salads. 

Edible flower topped salads
Edible Flower Topped Salads

Fast forward to 2023, and I now have baskets of nasturtium growing in my tiny greenhouse. 

So easy to grow and in the dead of winter, the greenhouse provides heavenly scent as well as fresh salads!

Growing Nasturtium Indoors In Winter
Growing Nasturtium Indoors In Winter

Shortbread Dough Is Perfect For A Round Cookie Cutter

There are few cookie dough recipes that lend themselves to the ease of pressing a perfectly round cookie.

Contrarily though, a shortbread dough is easy to roll out, chill for a short time, and proceed with shaping and baking. 

Besides a shortbread cookie dough recipe, often calling for butter, it works quite well with vegan butter too. 

How To Enjoy Edible Blooms In A Cocktail And A Cookie

Since cherry blossoms arrive before mother’s day, I quick created a cocktail with these beautiful blossoms.

So, I froze the blossoms into ice cubes, and was able to enjoy the blossom cubes in my cocktail for Mother’s Day. 

Meanwhile, since mother’s day is also said to be the first day for outdoor planting in my region, I planted specifically for these flower cookies!

Cherry Blossom Cocktail

A Harvest Of Edible Flowers For Cookies

Eventually, I had handpicked edible flowers by mid-summer; Zinnias, nasturtium flower, English lavender and violas. 

As you can see, I celebrated an afternoon tea in my garden, right in front of my zinnias! 

By all means, though, support your local florist and ask which type of flower they sell, preferably organic, they would recommend.

Edible flower cookies for special occasions.
Edible Flower Cookies For Special Occasions

How To Assemble Edible Flower Cookie Dough

First, you will want to gather the flowers, wash them and blot gently on a towel. 

Secondly, in the bowl of a standing mixer, cream the room temperature butter and mascarpone. 

Lastly, once the remaining ingredients are whisked into a dough, chill for 30-minutes, wrapped in plastic wrap.

Cookie cutter and cookie dough.
Cookie Cutter and Cookie Dough

How To Make Edible Flower Cookies

Now, we are ready to place the chilled dough on a floured surface, and with a rolling pin, roll the dough to quarter inch thick.

Press the cookies into shape with a round cookie cutter, place the petals you have chosen, on top of the cookies and bake.

Edible Flower Cookies
Edible Flower Cookies

Equipment Needed

  • Food processor
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Cookie sheet
  • Cookie cutter
  • Parchment paper
  • Dish towel
  • Oven

Ingredients Needed

  • Butter
  • Mascarpone
  • Sugar
  • Coarse sugar
  • All purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Edible flowers – such a variety to choose from, roses, viola, fennel bursts, borage, nasturtium, so many to choose from.
edible flower cookie ingredients
Edible Flower Cookie Ingredients
How To Make Edible Flower Shortbread Cookies

How To Make Edible Flower Shortbread Cookies

Edible Flower Cookies with butter, mascarpone, a sprinkle of cardamom with a variety of edible flowers on top, a shortbread cookie for beautiful special occasions . 
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Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Edible Flowers
Keyword: Edible Flower Shortbread Cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
chill: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 2 Dozen


  • Food processor or dough cutter
  • Cookie cutter
  • Baking sheet


  • 16 oz Butter softened
  • 8 oz Mascarpone softened
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Coarse sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups All purpose flour more as needed
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 24 Edible flowers a variety


  • In a food processor or stand up mixer, place the softened butter, mascarpone, sugar, salt and 3 cups of flour. Whisk until the dough forms a ball.
  • Roll out the dough between 2 pieces of lightly floured parchment paper, to about 1/4 inch thickness. Chill for 30-minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Using a round cookie cutter, press out the cookies and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet pan.
  • Place the flowers on top. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  • Bake 10-15 minutes, until a pale golden brown. Place extra flowers on warm cookies. Cool and enjoy.



Depending on the size of the flowers or petals being used, more or less flowers will be needed. 
Edible Flower Cookies
Edible Flower Cookies
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