Pansy Flower Cookies

Nothing could be prettier on a spring platter than a fresh-baked batch of pansy cookies (yes, they're edible!).
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Chef Martha Phelps Stamps of Martha's at the Plantation in Nashville delights parties from weddings to graduation teas with these lovely harbingers of spring. Start out with fresh pansy blossoms (the first of the season), then carve out a dough shape fit for a flower. Serve with our Lemon-Lime Ginger Ale and get ready for a real garden fling!
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  • Servings : Makes 4 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cup + 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 3-1/2 cup flour plus extra for dusting
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 48 clean edible pansy blossoms (one per cookie)


step 1Cream the butter with 1-1/2 cups of sugar. Mix in the eggs and sugar.
step 2Dissolve the baking soda in the milk and add to the mixture, along with the vanilla.
step 3Sift the cream of tartar, flour, and salt together and stir into the creamed mixture. Mix thoroughly.
step 4Gather the dough and wrap in Saran™ Premium Wrap. Chill for 30 minutes.
step 5Preheat the oven to 350°F.
step 6Roll the dough out on a floured surface to 1/8 inch.
step 7Cut out circles approximately the size of the pansy blossom. Bake on an ungreased baking sheet 5 minutes.
step 8Remove from the oven and brush the tops of the cookies with the egg whites.
step 9Place one pansy on top, spreading out the petals and topping with a bit more egg white.
step 10Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar and cook 5 minutes more. Let cool before serving.
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6/27/2012 , 
Samantha  L.
Where could I find the edible pansy blossoms? I searched a few places, but I couldn't find any....
4/18/2012 , 
Kim  K.
I think I'll try these using prepackaged sugar cookie dough. Then all I need is sugar, egg whites, and pansies! Sounds YUMMY!!
4/18/2012 , 
Kim  K.
I think I'll try these using prepackaged sugar cookie dough!! Then the only ingredients I need are sugar, egg whites, and pansies. Sounds YUMMY!!
3/10/2010 , 
Jennifer  K.
Pat obviously didn't finish reading the recipe. After brushing with raw egg and sprinkling with sugar, the cookies go back into the oven for 5 minutes. Raw egg + oven = cooked egg.
4/24/2009 , 
Pat  P.
I was told not to use raw egg on cookies or cakes because it is raw egg.....
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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 cookie (27g)
Calories 100
Calories From Fat 35
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 2.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 20mg
Sodium 95mg
Total Carbohydrates 15g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 8g
Protein 1g
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