Vanilla Rose Shortbread Cookies

Vanilla Rose Shortbread Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 16 cookies
Delicious, buttery shortbread cookies that are glazed and topped with edible dried roses. 
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  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp edible dried roses
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt less if using salted butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste well mixed with 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp water or vanilla
  • 1/4 cup edible dried roses


  • In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or in a bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter for 15-20 seconds, then add the dried roses and mix to combine. Add icing sugar vanilla and salt and continue beating until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in flour just until combined.
  • Press dough into a 9-inch round tart pan with a removable bottom (or alternately, a 9-inch round cake pan, lining the bottom with a round of parchment paper.) Flatten dough with the palm of your hand to make a smooth surface. Using a sharp knife, score the surface of the dough in to 16 wedges. Prick each wedge with a fork twice. Refrigerate pan with dough until firm, about 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 300F.
  • Bake cookies in preheated oven until firm and pale golden, about 45-50 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then, using a sharp knife, cut through the score lines you made before baking, wiping off the blade between each cut. Allow to cool completely in the pan.
  • Meanwhile, prepare glaze by whisking together the vanilla bean paste and water so it is well incorporated. Add to the icing sugar and stir well until smooth. Tip: Be sure to use a bowl that will allow you to dip the cookies in flat from end to end, so it should be at least 5-inches wide. That said, don't use too big a bowl or your glaze will be too thin a layer and you may bottom-out when you dip).
  • Prepare your dried roses by taking about half of them and breaking them into smaller bits with your fingers. Keep separate from your larger dried rose pieces and set aside.
  • Remove cookies from pan to a rack. Holding a cookie by the sides, dip the top of the cookie into the glaze to coat. Hold point side down and allow the excess to drip off. Gently remove any drip at the point end by running it along the edge of the bowl. Place on to rack. Once you've done about 4 wedges, sprinkle those ones with some of the edible roses before the glaze sets to much that they won't stick. I like to sprinkle a bit of the smaller stuff first, sprinkling over the outer 2/3 of the wedge (leaving the narrow end clear). Then sprinkle some of the larger pieces at the wide end. Repeat until you have glazed and sprinkled all the cookies.
  • Allow to stand until the glaze is set, about 1 hour. Store in a flat even layer in an airtight container. These keep well stored at room temperature for about a week. These would also freeze well!


Be sure to check out the "Cook's Notes" on this recipe's post, for more great tips on how to make these cookies.


Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 20mg | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.7mg