Rosewater Shortbread Cookies
These are buttery, whole-wheat shortbread cookies – aromatic with rosewater, and flecked with toasted nuts, and dried rose petals. They’ve a crunchy dusting of sugar on prime that gives a satisfying, candy tongue scratch, and are punctuated with black sesame. I am not going to lie – it took just a few makes an attempt to nail them down. As lots of you understand – coping with floral flavors could be a bit difficult. However now, as written, they’re oh so tasty.
Shortbread Cookies: Inspiration
These little guys happened once I was tasked with bringing dessert to a good friend’s home. She was cooking a formidable Ottolenghi-inspired feast, and I assumed these could be a reasonably end. With the rose petals and all. Within the years since that dinner they’ve develop into a part of my common shortbread repertoire, and I make them typically for particular events and holidays. I imply, they’re so fairly and attractive!
Baking with Flowers
The trick with cooking or baking with florals is determining how a lot is an excessive amount of, and the way little is simply too little. For instance, with this shortbread recipe, the primary couple of makes an attempt I used dried rose petals solely, and a great quantity. However the taste bought pushed round a bit, bullied and overpowered by the browning butter.
Second try? I gave the rose notes a lift by layering the petals within the dough with a splash of rose water. The dough instantly turned extra aromatic, balanced, and helped nail what I supposed (and hoped for) from the beginning. I counsel utilizing a little bit of warning when baking with rose water, as a result of every bottle appears to differ in energy, high quality, and scent. Strictly for reference, I am going to point out that I’ve been utilizing Nielsen-Massey Rose Water. For those who’re uncertain concerning the high quality or energy of your rose water, begin with half, and style the dough. You possibly can all the time modify with extra from there. Belief your senses :)!
These little shortbread cookies are good alongside different bite-sized treats on a post-dinner sweets board. I like to interrupt up a great bar of chocolate, embrace some salted caramels, perhaps just a few dates, and so forth. Or you could possibly do a cookie-only sampler, with a variety of tiny cookies. There are numerous favourite cookie recipes to discover, or bake bigger cookies, and minimize them into quarters so individuals can pattern.