May 8, 2019

Honey dandelion shortbread cookies

Finished cookies on a plate with dandelion flower heads.

Shortbread cookies for a spring or summer day! Dandelions are a fun and unique addition to cookies and are a perfect introduction for foraging. 
Dandelions are an easy wild edible to add into your baking and cooking. Dandelions are pretty ubiquitous and easy to identify, plus the entire plant is edible, so you don't have to worry about removing certain parts.

Always make sure you are getting your dandelions from a safe places - I avoid places that have been sprayed or treated with pesticides. I also avoid getting them from too close to the road as we have so much road salt put down here in the winter. We get our dandelions from our backyard.

These cookies are a fun treat for spring and summer, plus you can get kids involved with helping to pick the flowers and pick off all the petals. My kids thought this was a fun project and the cookies are also quite delicious!

I also add a bit of wildflower honey to this shortbread to help highlight the floral flavor from the dandelions. The cookies are quite mild in flavor, but so pretty with tiny specks of yellow throughout (and a little green as well.)

Shortbread cookies are an easy way to add herbs and other plants into your baking. These delicate butter and sugar cookies create a blank canvass for all sorts of flavors.

Finished cookies on a large platter with flowers.

Yield: 18 cookies
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Honey Dandelion Shortbread Cookies

Honey Dandelion Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies for a spring or summer day! Dandelions are a fun and unique addition to cookies and are a perfect introduction for foraging.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • scant 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 heaped tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed dandelion petals
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • coarse sugar, for topping, optional

Instructions:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl with a hand mixer), cream together the butter, sugar, and honey until light and fluffy. Mix in the dandelions.
  2. On low speed, add the salt and vanilla and then slowly add the flour until it is just incorporated into the dough. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Turn the dough onto a couple large sheets of plastic wrap and roll it into a log that is about 2-2.5 inches in diameter. Wrap the dough and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour, or overnight.
  4. When ready to bake, line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Slice the log into about 1/4-inch slices and place on the baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Sprinkle each with a little coarse sugar, if desired.
  5. Bake for 9-11 minutes, until the edges and bottoms are turning golden. Let cool for a couple of minutes on the baking sheets and then place the cookies on a cooling rack to fully cool.
  6. Store cookies in an airtight container. They are more flavorful a day or two after baking.
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Give these cookies a try this summer with all those lawn dandelions! Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Closeup of dandelion shortbread cookies.

Check out these other shortbread cookie recipes:

Cinnamon Basil Shortbread Cookies

Rosemary Shortbread Christmas Tree Cookies

Chocolate-dipped Orange Shortbread Cookies

33 comments:

  1. I really love the add of dandelion petals here. They look literally melt-in-mouth and fantastic, Amy.

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  2. I've cooked with dandelion greens before, but never the petals. Gotta try this! Good excuse to let part of my lawn run wild. :-)

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  3. I've never made anything with dandelions before and it's not from lack of availability 🤣😂 I am definitely tempted to try these!

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    1. Dandelion Wine is also a wonderful thing: https://bardsrest.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/may-at-which-time-we-maketh-the-dandylyon-wine/

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  4. I have never cooked or baked with any parts of dandelion...so cool...and I love how these cookies sound...and almost can taste them melting in my mouth.
    I hope you are having a great week Amy!

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  5. Amy what delicious and nice cookies ! have a nice weekend!

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  6. Never used dandelions in cooking or baking and I am loving the sound of it.

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  7. Now, these Honey Dandelion Cookies look like a perfect pretty springtime treat!
    And I love that you got your cute twins involved in this cookie baking project! They must had had a great time!
    Happy Mother's Day, my friend!

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  8. I love shortbread and would never have thought of adding dandelion petals to some. I know fresh dandelion leaves are yummy steamed and Dandelion wine can be rather intoxicating, and delicious as well. Thanks so much for linking this at First Monday Favorites.

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  9. These came out great because it was a fun project for a 3 yr old and taste like sugar cookies. Not a trace of dandelion taste or aroma thou

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  10. OMG! I've been cooking with Dandelions lately...salads, adding in different dishes as toppings and I even dried some for tea. But...this? I've got to make these cookies! There's some fresh ones outside now! Weekend treats!!! Thank you!

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  11. Do you cut up the dandelions first? Or do you just put them in whole? Seems like the cookies would be stringy.

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    1. Says to use the petals so I would cut them off.

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    2. You use the yellow petals only for the cookies. They are soft and small. I've updated the instructions to be more clear.

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    1. Do you happen to have a good recipe for a nice wine? I used to have one, but unfortunately ig got lost during one of my many changes of homes

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  13. What are the health benefits of Dandelion

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  14. I’ve eaten n still have dandelion jam n I must admit it’s delicious.. this recipe, I think I shall try. Have any of you tried dandelion soup? That too is scrumptious..

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    1. I have not had dandelion soup, but I'd definitely try it!

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  15. After my dough set in the fridge it become really hard (i havnt tried to cut it yet) is it supposed to be this hard or do i have to let it sit out for a little when the stove is heating up?

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    1. Yes you can let it sit out for a bit to soften slightly, especially if it's been in for more than an hour.

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  16. I make fried dandelion flowers and we love dandelion salad, time to try these cookies

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  17. Can't wait to try these. Savorymoments, you should put your weblink for the recipe on the printout form. You should have credit for the recipe on the printed page. :)

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  18. https://bardsrest.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/may-at-which-time-we-maketh-the-dandylyon-wine/

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  19. These look so yummy! I can't wait to bake them!

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  20. Trying these tomorrow. Hope they are as good as they look since I usually pick my dandelions for wine!

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  21. Baking my first batch right now - so looking forward to trying these. Thank you for the recipie

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  22. Just came back from harvesting, can't wait to try. Never eaten dandelions but mom say my grandfather used to make things with the dandelion. My area offers false dandelions

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  23. Use just the yellow petals NOT the pod they grow from, in cookies, salads, jelly etc. I trim with my little embroidery scissors. It's time consuming but does a great job as it takes a lot of petals to fill a 1/4, 1/2 or 1 cup. Dandelions were/are a food source in Europe and were brought to the New World with the immigrants. Just make sure you DON'T use any part of the plant if it's been sprayed with ANY type of chemical. Washing doesn't remove the poison. Have fun. There are many terrific recipes out there using all parts of dandelions. ;)

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  24. We've got ours chilling in the fridge now. Splitting the flower head open, then scraping the petals out from the base towards the top seemed the fastest and easiest way to get them loose.

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  25. I picked the dandelions yesterday and used my salad spinner to wash them. I couldn't make the cookies yesterday so the flowers sat in the fridge until today. I used a knife to cut off the base and then unrolled the petals into the cup.
    I added some cardamom and cinnamon; these cookies are so enjoyable! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed them! The spices sound like a nice addition.

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