Can you imagine baking shortbread with a cherry blossom?This flower is called sakura in Japanese and is actually edible, so everyone can try various dishes with it. You will get a crispy and buttery cookie with salt pickled sakura on top. Head over to the kitchen and try this cherry blossom cookie recipe for a Japanese baking experience!
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 1 oz salt pickled cherry blossoms (buy here)
- 1 cup cake flour (fluff it up first, scoop it with a spoon and sprinkle into the measuring cup until heaping and level it to get the correct measure)
- 1/8 tsp kosher salt (half, if you use table salt) (buy here)
- ½ cup confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar)
- 1 large egg yolk
- White sparkling sugar (buy here)
- Put all the ingredients of the cherry blossom cookie altogether on your table
- Break up the unsalted butter into small pieces
- Take the salt-pickled cherry blossoms and sort them into two parts. Choose the best flowers for the cookie toppings and separate them from the defects
- Soak them in a separate bowl to get rid of the saltiness for at least 30 minutes
- Take the defect flowers out of the water, squeeze them, and drain with a paper towel. Then mince them and set aside
- For the cookie toppings, put them one by one carefully on the paper towel after soaking. Add another sheet of paper to cover them
- In a bowl, sift the cake flour and add salt
- In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat the butter until smooth and creamy
- Add the confectioners’ sugar and blend until soft and light. Put down the yolk and mix them well
- Gradually add the cake flour to make a mixture of smooth dough, add the minced cherry blossoms, and blend them
- Put the dough in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge for 1 hour.
- Roll it into a log shape of about 1.5 inches in diameter. Wrap it with a plastic wrap then put it back in the fridge for about 2 hours until the dough is firm enough
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). For a convection oven, set the temperature 25°F (15°C) lower. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper
- Remove the plastic wrap, then wrap around the dough with a damp paper towel. Or you can brush a white egg on the dough to make it slightly wet
- Sprinkle the sparkling sugar on a tray, then take the dough roll out of the paper towel. Roll the dough on the sugar and slice the dough into 7 mm-thick rounds. Place them on the baking sheet and arrange them in a row with space
- Take the cherry blossom cookie toppings, and top all the dough rounds with them. Don’t let the cookies sit out too long, unless you put them in the fridge. This is to prevent the butter from melting too quickly, so the cookies will not be flat
- Bake the cookies at 350°F (175°C) for about 15 minutes or until the edges of the cookies get crunchy
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven and wait until they are chilled, then transfer them to a cooling rack until set
The following products can help you with your cherry blossom cookie baking. If you need either salt pickled cherry blossoms, salt, sparkling sugar, parchment paper, or a convection oven, they are ready to purchase on Amazon.
1. Nestlady Edible Salt Pickled Sakura
Nestlady uses hand-picked original flowers only, which are pickled to preserve them for occasions outside of the season. They are purely clean and have the best quality flowers with a dark pink color. They just simply need warm water to soak in and are great for making cookies, sakura cheese, chiffon cake, jelly or tea.
2. Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt
This kosher-certified salt has no additives and 53% less sodium compared to regular table salt. The light crystals have a coarse texture, but you can break them into splinters only with your fingertips. It is naturally made without granulated salt compaction. It is best for your seasoning control and flavor blendability. This Diamond Crystal is also certified as a climate pledge friendly product, which supports nature preservation
3. Wilton White Sparkling Sugar
This kosher-certified sugar product is packed in a jar, so you can use the sprinkles as much as you need. With their large grains, they add a decorative and shiny look to your cookies, cakes, candies, cupcakes, desserts, and more. This is a perfect choice for adding sweetness and an attractive look to your sweet treats on your special occasions.
4. Reynolds Kitchens Unbleached Parchment Paper Roll
The baking parchment contains 75% unbleached fibers and is free from chlorine. They have one 45-square-foot roll and it fits on most baking sheets. It has a nonstick surface, so your food will slide off easily, making cleanup easier. This product is also certified as a climate pledge friendly product, so it is compostable and recyclable.
5. Wolf Gourmet Elite Digital Countertop Convection Toaster Oven
This is a convection oven with stainless steel that will bake your cherry blossom cookies evenly in a spacious interior. It features a temperature probe, interior lighting, and advanced convection technology that will circulate hot air evenly all over the oven cavity. You will enjoy convenient baking performance with a 5-year limited warranty.