Pansy Shortbread Cookies

Don’t you love having creative friends? At a recent bridal shower at StoneGable the mother-of-the-bride brought a plate of fabulous pansy cookies to share. Of course I thought they were the prettiest cookies I had ever seen! Everyone ooooohhhed and aaaaaaahhhhed over them. And not only were they beautiful to look at… they were wonderfully delicious too!
I just had to try to make them myself. Shortbread cookies are quite easy to make and fixing the pansy on top was and fun. Very impressive for the little work they take. They taste buttery and sweet, and the pansies have no taste to interfere with the lovely shortbread flavor.  I would have to call this a WOW factor dessert.

I hope you will try these little bites of nature.
Pansy Shortbread Cookies
1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup room temperature butter
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 TBS dried egg whites
2TBS  water

Pesticide free Pansies or violas

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Pick flowers, rinse and pat dry. Put on paper towel to finish air drying.

Put flour and sugar in a large bowl. Mix together. Using a pastry cutter, cut in butter and vanilla until mixture resembles fine crumbs and starts to cling together.

 Gather up crumbs into a ball and kneed together until smooth.

 Roll out dough just scant of 1/4″ thick. Cut with cookie cutter. I used a fluted  2 1/2″cookie cutter.

Put cookies 2″ apart on parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, until the bottom and sides are just starting to slightly brown and center of top is firm.

Take out of oven and cool on baking sheet. 
Combine dried egg whites and water in small bowl. When cookies are cooled brush egg white mixture on one cookie at a time and top with pansey. Use your fingers to press the pansy down in the middle and smooth out all petals so they are firmly stuck to the cookie. Put a thin layer of egg white mixtrue on top of the pansy and smooth. Sprinkle lightly with sugar. Return to parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake at 325 degrees for 5 minutes. Remove from oven. With your finger smooth out any petals that have shrivelled up. Set out on a cooling rack until the top of the cookie is completely dry.

Plate and enjoy!
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  1. says

    These are truly the prettiest cookies I’ve ever seen! I have always loved the deep colors in pansies, and the shimmery look of these cookies just makes me smile..too pretty to eat! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe and beautiful pictures!

  2. says

    Wow! Yvonne those are gorgeous! You are my replacement for Southern Living. I no longer subscribe to it. I just get all my great ideas from you now.;) You do the most beautiful things with food!

  3. says

    OMG Yvonne, these are THE best!!! I can’t wait for your next post, because I keep thinking your last was the best…but then you come up with another! Thanks for ALL the inspiration :)

  4. says

    Yee haw! I have been waiting for this post. These are the prettiest cookies and I am excited to give this a try.

    Thank you for a great post, great pics, great tutorial!


  5. says

    I can just see me now raiding the neighbors flower beds looking for pansies! These are just too cute! They would be fantastic at a garden club tea with your finger sandwiches. Maybe I should join a garden club? I might have to weed my gardens first though. Maybe I will just enjoy them all for myself and pretend that I am hosting a garden party tea.

    This is exactly why I would never come home after being with you! I could so get my June Cleaver on!

  6. says

    Yvonne, where did you get the pesticide free pansies??? I want to make these for my daughter’s shower! Just gorgeous and sound delicious!!!! Thanks! XO, Pinky

  7. says

    For Pinky, I grew them this eary spring. And now they are almost done. Next year I am going to try to keep them all summer.
    You can do the same thing with pesticide free rose petals or nasturtiums, but they will have a taste.

  8. says

    So very beautiful, I made similar cookies once and a little boy was so thrilled by them he ate several then wanted to go to the garden to see the flowers and had fun picking them and eating them plain. Just the thrill of something different and daring for him!! Of course we had to talk in detail how we can’t just pick any flower and eat it!:0)

  9. says

    Oh my goodness Yvonne – these are the cutest cookies ever!!!!!!!! Where in the world did you find so many different varieties of pansies?

    I have pansie love!


  10. says

    absolutely stunning… i have seen pansy cookies before, made with the little johnny jump ups, these are much more fun!

    thanks for you kind words on my blog. you asked what the flowers were, there are roses, my very fav is sally holmes, the flowers are HUGE florets the size of basket balls, its a very hefty climber and well worth owning~

  11. says

    Yvonne, these are exquisite! I will right away to get some pansies while they are still available.

    Also, Yvonne PLEASE tell me where you fought your crown plate! I LOVE it.

    Always look for your posts hon, you’re almost my morning coffee ritual.

    Hope your weekend is fantastic.

  12. says

    Knocking my head (in a *I could of had a V-* fashion*). I have made candied violets for petit fours AND have made lavender shortbread BUT never though of this myself. Perfect for a bridal shower or a tea! Thanks Yvonne…this idea is being filed away :)


  13. says

    Okay, hand’s down these are the prettiest cookies I have ever seen! Please come and link these up at my Vegetarian Foodie Fridays linky.

    Melodie @ Breastfeeding Moms Unite!

  14. says

    Yvonne~now this is an absolute spring favorite. These are so pretty and colorful. I’ve only used roses, which have a distinct flavor. I’ve been curious about pansies and the flavor.
    They certainly make a gorgeous presentation.

    Sweet wishes.

  15. says

    They look too good to eat! They do look just so buttery and yummy all the same! Thanks for sharing this pretty idea.

    Best wishes,

  16. says

    Absolutly GORGEOUS! I can not wait to make these- more importantly, I can not wait to try them. What a treat. Pssst, does Paula know about these? (;

    Thank you so much for sharing them!

  17. says

    Yvonne, the pansy cookies are soooo cute, sooooo pretty – I am not sure I could bite on one. They are to pretty to eat them. I am sure they have an AHA-effect for every purpose. When I get some pesticid free pansies I will truly ty to make them.
    Greetings, Johanna

  18. says

    OMGoodness…these are just breathtaking. I have to make cookies for a shower and I may just go buy a pot of pesticid free pansies and make these.
    You always come up with such beautiful foods…:)

  19. says

    WOW!! These cookies are so lovely! And so is your blog! What wonderful eye candy! Glad I popped over!
    Have a blessed weekend!

  20. says

    These are the most beautiful cookies I have ever seen! The photography and the flowers and the crystalized sugar~ I’m palpitating and salivating :-)

  21. says

    Hi Yvonne,
    These are absolutely the sweetest cookies I have ever seen. What a statement they would make for an event like a bridal shower or birthday (or just with my tea on the porch for that matter) I love shortbread cookies so for me this is a must try. Thanks so much.

  22. says

    I love those! They are so beautiful. Congrats on being featured by Holly today. I am off to poke around your site. Seriously amazing looking cookies!

  23. says

    Well, hush my mouth! These are the cutest little short breads I have ever seen! (I just left Miss Janice’s blog on the South)

  24. says

    I love shortbread cookies and you are so right about the addition of the flowers..incredible WOW factor. They are deliciously gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing.

  25. says

    Yvonne, these are just beautiful cookies. As a matter of fact the entire post is beautiful. I always like to visit your blog. You never disappoint. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  26. says

    Waaay too pretty to eat! Such delicate treats deserve to be savored visually for a long, long time. I have the little johnny jump ups blooming that Jain mentioned. I wonder if they would work or if they have a taste? Guess I’ll have to go nibble one to find out!

    Thanks for sharing this darling idea!


  27. says

    Yvonne, you have outdone yourself! These cookies are absolutely adorable. I want to borrow you recipe for a Tri Delta party at some point as the pansy is our sorority flower!!! Oh, these are some major cuteness. You just never cease to amaze me. Thanks for sharing how you did this. Maybe the culinary challenged (namely moi) can try really hard to pull this off! the cuteness factor is a definite motivator!

    Happy Pink Saturday…


    Sheila :-)

  28. says

    Oh my goodness, those cookies look delightful! And your pictures throughout the blog…I’m speechless! :-) Someday I hope to be as lucky as you to have a beautiful outdoor setting and lovely kitchenware. Until I get to that point, I’ll join your site for inspiration!

    Thanks for stopping by my place, and I really hope you love that pasta sauce. I sure do!

  29. says

    Yvonne, those are just the sweetest little cookies! I can imagine they did make quite a hit at the shower! Thanks for sharing the recipe and Happy Pink Saturday to you. Hope you’re enjoying the weekend.


  30. says

    OMGosh Yvonne,
    those cookies look delicious and must be do die for. since it’s pansies season I ought to try your recipe. just wondering where one can find pesticides free one… thank you for sharing the recipes
    best my firends will also go oooooohhhh aaaahhhh.
    have a great sunday.

  31. says

    Yvonne, if we lived closer I would beg to be your understudy. Everything that you make has your special touch that makes me smile. Our pansies have croaked for the summer, but I want to remember this recipe for the fall.

    Enjoy your weekend.

  32. says

    Dare I say my mouth was watering all the way to the bottom of the receipe? Now…to find a neighbor with these little flowers…a flashlight..and I’m ready!
    I’m falling in love with your site!

  33. says

    These are great! They look beautiful and delicious! I’m so going to have to try and make some for my upcoming bridal shower! Thank you for the idea, following you now!

    BTW, found you from Tickled Pink!

  34. says

    Bonjour Yvonne,
    These cookies are so pretty. I came by yesterday and took down the recipe, I made sure I had everything to get started and forgot to leave a message. Your tutorials are the best, so clear and of course your already know what I think of your photos!
    Will give these a try today if I have time, I’ll let you know how they turn out!
    Happy Sunday to you,
    P.S. I sent an email, sorry I got a bit behind! I missed you too!

  35. says

    Your cookies are absolutely beautiful, Yvonne. They would make any party very special. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Your photos are wonderful.

  36. says

    Glad you were OK with me tickling you pink…I try to give more notice. I just adore everything you do here! These cookies are too pretty to eat. Really they are just gorgeous…you have done it again! I would love to feature you again…send me an email so we can talk privately…

  37. says

    Dear Yvonne,

    What a treasure trove… Glad that I found you via Johanna’s blog! Love the recipe of those pansy shortbread cookies; they just look delicious. A feast for the eye as well!

    Thanks for sharing all this with your many readers. Your empty nest feeling you certainly did work out in a perfect way!

    Greetings from Georgia/USA


  38. says

    Dear Yvonne,

    These cookies are simply a show-stopper! I love them and they do sound simple to make ~ I’d love to try them soon. They would be so pretty for any number of occasions.

    I’m so happy that you joined the WEDDING BLOG PARTY ~ when I click your thumbnails it doesn’t link up to any particular post, tho, but I found this picture and thought it was the same as the thumbnail pic you posted, so I’m travelling thru several of your lovely posts! I’ve joined your followers so I will never miss another great post of yours!

    Big Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  39. says

    These are the sweetest little lovelies I ever did see! Thank you so much for sharing! I must tell EVERYONE how very wonderful they are. Just added them to my book swap menu for the 4th of June. Super excited now! Cheers!

  40. says

    May I steal one of these pictures of your pansy shortbread cookies and feature it on my blog tomorrow? It fits in perfectly with my post on herb gardening. These are such a favorite of mine. I thought of them instantly when I thought of this post.
    They are so beautiful!

  41. says

    This brings me back 17 years to my wedding! Our cake baker learned to sugar pansies just for us! And I also had a ring of cupcakes around the base covered with sugared pansies….long before cupcakes were popular at weddings….they were for the little guys!

  42. says

    Yvonne, I just read the previous question and your answer. It’s the exact same question I asked you and your answer is just what I needed to know so, no need to post these two posts. Thanks! -Bev

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