We added a twist to the classic shortbread cookie by adding black sesame for a nutty flavor with Blue Lotus and Rose. These are best served with tea. 


1 cup of unsalted butter

½ cup of granulated sugar

2 cups of all purpose flour

1 tbsp of pure vanilla extract

1 packet of blue lotus

1 packet of rose

4 tablespoons of black sesame seeds

  1. Grind the black sesame seeds into a paste by using a coffee grinder or food processor. This should take 2 minutes.
  2. In a stand mixer or bowl (if doing by hand), combine softened butter and sugar until combined
  3. Add flour and extract and mix until a dough forms
  4. Remove from the bowl and turn out onto a surface dusted with flour and form a disc. Cover and put in the fridge for 2 hours to chill before rolling it out.
  5. 10-15 minutes before taking out the dough, prepare the flowers by plucking the petal individually
  6. Preheat the oven to 325F.
  7. Use a small ice cream scoop or spoon and make 1 inch balls
  8. Flatten each dough ball with a spoon and press flower petals.
  9. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes
  10. Remove tray and press flower petals into the cookies
  11. Let the cookies completely cool before eating

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