Dandelion Cookies Recipe

Last Updated on July 31, 2022 by Ellen Christian

Try this dandelion cookies recipe today! If you enjoy shortbread cookies, this is one of my favorite dandelion recipes to use those pretty yellow flowers in your yard.

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Try this dandelion cookies recipe today! If you enjoy shortbread cookies, this is one of my favorite dandelion recipes to use those pretty yellow flowers in your yard.

Dandelion Cookies Recipe

These dandelion flower cookies are so simple to make. While I know that some people don’t like dandelions in their lawn, I look forward to them each year because it means I can make a few of my dandelion recipes.

It’s a great recipe for anyone that wants to explore foraging. This foraging cookbook is great to keep on hand as well.

What can you make to eat with dandelion flowers?

The first thing that comes to mind is dandelion wine, but I’m not a big fan of wine. I prefer to make things like dandelion jelly, dandelion fritters, and of course these dandelion cookies!

What do dandelion flowers taste like?

Some say they taste like honey, while others say they have a slightly bitter taste. I would say they have more of a floral honey like flavor.

If you’ve never had dandelion flowers before, I suggest trying them in a recipe like this one first. That way, you can get a feel for the delicious flavor and how to use them in cooking.

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Health benefits of dandelions

Dandelions are actually quite healthy for you! The yellow parts are full of vitamins and minerals like Vitamins A, C, and K. They’re also a good source of fiber.

So not only do these cookies taste good, but they’re actually good for you too!

I hope you enjoy this dandelion cookies recipe!

Do you use the whole flower in this recipe?

No, you will use just the petals. Remove the dandelion petals from the flower head.

a bowl of dandelions in the grass

Tips for picking dandelions to cook with

– Look for dandelions that have not been sprayed with pesticides

– Avoid picking dandelions from the side of the road where they may have been exposed to exhaust fumes.

-Just pinch off the yellow florets and leave the rest of the flower in the ground. That way it will come back next year.

Try this dandelion cookies recipe today! If you enjoy shortbread cookies, this is one of my favorite dandelion recipes to use those pretty yellow flowers in your yard.

How do you prepare dandelions?

You will need to wash the dandelion flowers and then dry them completely. Once they are dry, you can remove all the yellow petals from the green flower base and use them in this dandelion recipe.

How to remove dandelion petals

The easiest way to remove the dandelion petals is to hold the green base in one hand and use the other hand to gently pull the petals off.

dandelion greens

 

What do you do with the dandelion greens?

You can save them to saute, or you can compost them. I also like to use them in a salad.

How many yellow petals do I need?

You will need about 3/4 cup of loosely packed dandelion petals to make this recipe. You will not use the green parts of the dandelions in this recipe.

ingredients in bowls and measuring cups

Dandelion cookies ingredients

  • 2/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Stick Butter softened (used salted)
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 Cup Loosely Packed Dandelion Petals (washed)
  • 1 1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour

Try this dandelion cookies recipe today! If you enjoy shortbread cookies, this is one of my favorite dandelion recipes to use those pretty yellow flowers in your yard.

Dandelion cookies additions

If you want to, you can try adding one of these.

  • Honey
  • Rosemary
  • Chocolate chips
  • Chopped nuts

butter sugar and vanilla in a bowl

How to make dandelion cookies

Prep time is about 25 minutes.

In a large bowl add sugar, vanilla extract, and butter. Mix together until fully blended and light and fluffy. Then a little at a time add in the flour and mix well. The flour mixture will look crumbly.

You can use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment if you want to. It’s not really necessary.

dandelion petals on top of cookie dough

After you have it mixed, dump in the flower petals. Mix these in by hand using a fork or pastry cutter.

mixing cookie dough with a fork

Lay a sheet of plastic wrap or parchment paper on the counter. Then by hand add the dough to the wrap. The dough will look crumbly but will pack together when in your hand.

a roll of cookie dough on the counter

You want to make a log that is about 1-2 inches in diameter. Wrap tight in the plastic and then roll slightly to give it a nice cookie dough roll look.

Place in the fridge for at least 3 hours so the dough can harden. I have found it works best to leave it overnight.

slicing shortbread cookies on a cutting board

Remove from the fridge and unwrap the plastic. Place roll on a cutting board and cut slices that are about 1/4 inch thick.

Place dough slices on a nonstick cookie sheet or one with a silicone mat. You want to allow enough space so they do not touch when you bake them.

cookies on a cookie sheet

Preheat oven to 325 F. Bake cookies for 30 minutes. The edges will be just slightly golden when they are done. Remove from the oven and place them on a cooling rack. You can sprinkle with powdered sugar or granulated sugar if you would like or leave it as is.

How to store dandelion cookies

You can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for a week or so. Or you can freeze them for up to 3 months.

I hope you enjoy this delicious spring recipe. This dandelion cookies recipe is basically a simple shortbread recipe with dandelion flower petals. I can’t wait to try more dandelion recipes soon!

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Dandelion Cookies Recipe

Try this dandelion cookies recipe today! If you enjoy shortbread cookies, this is one of my favorite dandelion recipes to use those pretty yellow flowers in your yard.

Try this dandelion cookies recipe today! If you enjoy shortbread cookies, this is one of my favorite dandelion recipes to use those pretty yellow flowers in your yard.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Stick Butter softened (used salted)
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 Cup Loosely Packed Dandelion Petals (washed)
  • 1 1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl add butter, vanilla, and sugar. Mix together until fully blended. Then a little at a time add in the flour and mix well. The mix will look crumbly.
  2. After you have it mixed, dump in the flower petals. Mix these in by hand using a fork.
  3. Lay a sheet of plastic wrap on the counter. Then by hand add the dough to the wrap. The dough will look crumbly but will pack together when in your hand. You want to make a log that is about 1-2 inches in diameter. Wrap tight in the plastic and then roll slightly to give it a nice cookie dough roll look.
  4. Place in the fridge for at least 3 hours so the dough can harden. I have found it works best to leave it overnight.
  5. Remove from the fridge and unwrap the plastic. Place roll on a cutting board and cut slices that are about 1/4 inch thick.
  6. Place dough slices on a nonstick cookie sheet or one with a silicone mat. You want to allow enough space so they do not touch when they are baking.
  7. Preheat oven to 325 F. Bake cookies for 30 minutes. They will be just slightly golden when they are done. Remove from oven and sprinkle with sugar or sugar sprinkles if you would like or leave as is.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 215Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 81mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g

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