Calm Down Cookies: Chamomile Shortbread Buttons with Orange Blossom Glaze

14 Aug

Go Running, Mama!- Calm Down Cookies: Chamomile Shortbread Buttons with Orange Blossom Glaze

This week is choreography camp at the dance studio which means every studio room is jam packed with company dancers from 9 am until 4 pm.  The energy is awesome and Baby Bird was beside herself with excitement when she got to step in and watch the big girls do their dances.  But bless our creative directors’ hearts… they are working like mad women!

Yesterday when we came home from Baby Bird’s combo class, she mentioned that she wanted to make a treat for her favorite instructor, whom she had seen running room from room that morning working on numbers for multiple company categories, to “help her feel better” (I can’t say enough about how much I love that little one’s kindness of spirit) so I suggested we make some Calm Down Cookies!

These little shortbread buttons are delicately scented both from the chamomile and orange blossom water and are the perfect conclusion to a hectic day.  We brought a batch up to the studio last night and I’m hoping Baby Bird’s favorite teacher found a moment to unwind with a cup of hot tea and a cookie or two… or twelve- dancers burn serious calories!

Go Running, Mama!- Calm Down Cookies: Chamomile Shortbread Buttons with Orange Blossom Glaze

Calm Down Cookies- Chamomile Shortbread Buttons with Orange Blossom Glaze

For Cookies:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 high quality chamomile teabags
  • 3/4 tsp coarse salt
  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 c confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp orange blossom water

For Glaze:

  • 1 c confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tbs local honey
  • 2 tbs almond milk plus more if needed
  • 1/4 tsp orange blossom water
  • pinch of fine salt

Directions: Empty four tea bags into food processor or burr grinder.  Grind contents until they are very fine.

Go Running, Mama!- Calm Down Cookies: Chamomile Shortbread Buttons with Orange Blossom Glaze

In a mixing bowl, whisk flour and salt.  Using a fine sieve, sift ground tea leaves into bowl and whisk contents together.  Set aside.

Go Running, Mama!- Calm Down Cookies: Chamomile Shortbread Buttons with Orange Blossom Glaze

Using an electric mixer, beat butter, confectioner’s sugar, and orange blossom water in a mixing bowl on medium speed until pale and fluffy.  Reduce speed and add flour mixture in two additions until just combined.

Empty remaining tea bag into food processor of burr grinder.  Grind contents until they are very fine.  In a small bowl, whisk ground tea leaves and granulated sugar together.

Divide dough in half, placing each half on a sheet of parchment paper.  Roll each half into a log about2 inches in diameter.  Sprinkle half of the granulated sugar mixture over each log and roll again to coat the exterior of each log with the granulated sugar.

Wrap each log in parchment paper and freeze for one hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Remove a log from the freezer and slice cookies 1/2 inch thick.  Place on a baking sheet lined in parchment paper about one inch apart.  Bake for 13-15 minutes until just beginning to brown on the edges.  Remove to cooling rack positioned over parchment immediately.

While cookies are baking, whisk almond milk, honey, and orange blossom water in a shallow mixing bowl to make glaze.  Whisk in the confectioner’s sugar in three additions and mix until smooth.

Go Running, Mama!- Calm Down Cookies: Chamomile Shortbread Buttons with Orange Blossom Glaze

While cookies are still warm, dunk the tops in glaze and return them to the cooling rack to set.  If  glaze thickens, thin with more almond milk and whisk until smooth.

Makes about 36 cookies.

Go Running, Mama!- Calm Down Cookies: Chamomile Shortbread Buttons with Orange Blossom Glaze

One Response to “Calm Down Cookies: Chamomile Shortbread Buttons with Orange Blossom Glaze”

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Top 13 in 2013 | Go Running, Mama! - January 2, 2014

    […] Calm Down Cookies: Chamomile Shortbread Cookies with Orange Blossom Glaze (August) […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: