Glazed Hibiscus Shortbread Cookies

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For the Hibiscus Shortbread Cookies
2 cups All-purpose flour
1 tsp Sea salt fine
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 cup Unsalted butter at room temperature
½ cup Granulated sugar
1 tsp Vanilla extract
½ cup Dried hibiscus flowers coarsely chopped
For the Hibiscus Tea Glaze
1½ cups Powdered sugar
2 tbsp Dried hibiscus flowers
½ cup Water

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  • For the Hibiscus Shortbread Cookies

  • For the Hibiscus Tea Glaze

Glazed Hibiscus Shortbread Cookies


These Glazed Hibiscus Shortbread Cookies will quickly become your new favorite cookie treat, this springtime. Cookie dough spiced with ground cinnamon, vanilla extract and dried hibiscus flowers for the perfect shortbread cookie and decorated with drizzles of dips of a set glaze, infused with hibiscus tea, a fresh and herbal flavor, complimenting your tea time treat! Spring season has never been this pleasant!

To make Glazed Hibiscus Shortbread Cookies, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Glazed Hibiscus Shortbread Cookies

Steps to make Glazed Hibiscus Shortbread Cookies


Combine dry ingredients


In a mixing bowl, whisk 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon until well combined.


Combine butter and sugar


Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, mix 1 cup of room temperature butter with ½ cup of granulated sugar until combined into a creamy, light and fluffy mixture. Scrape down any excess from the sides to incorporate into the mix.


Add vanilla


Stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and combine into a creamy mixture.


Combine wet and dry ingredients


With the electric mixer on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix until just combined, without overmixing.


Add hibiscus flowers


Gently fold in ½ cup of hibiscus flowers until completely incorporated into the dough.


Prepare dough


Roll dough out onto a lightly floured surface, gently pat into a disk-shape and then flatten on top. Use a sharp knife and cut into 2 equal pieces.


Roll dough


Transfer the pieces of dough onto 2 separate pieces of baking parchment paper and one-by-one, roll each piece into a smooth log-shape about 1-1½-inches in diameter. Wrap each log, lengthwise with the baking parchment paper and twist the ends to lock, ensuring the “sausage” is compressed and smooth. Stuff each log through a paper towel roll to help keep shape while chilling.




Refrigerate for about 1-2 hours or overnight, to chill.


Preheat oven

Preheat the oven to 325 °F. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment paper.


Slice cookies


Once chilled, transfer the dough logs to a cutting board and use a sharp knife to cut the log into about ¼ to ½ -inch thick cookie slices. Evenly place on a baking sheet, with enough space between each cookie.




Bake in the preheated oven for about 16-18 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through, for an even bake until golden on the outside and firm in the center.



Set aside on a wire rack, to cool.


Prepare hibiscus tea


In a cup, pour some boiling water over 2 tablespoons of loose hibiscus tea leaves and brew until very concentrated. Once cooled, sieve through a mesh sieve.


Add powdered sugar


Sift 1½ cups of powdered sugar into a mixing bowl and slowly add the cooled and brewed tea, 1 teaspoon at a time, continuously whisking until smooth. Add more sugar or tea as needed for a pourable yet thick glaze.


Decorate cookies


Decorate the cooled cookies by drizzling the prepared glaze, evenly, over the top of the cookies or dip them, halfway into the glaze, at an angle. Allow glaze to set for about 30 minutes until hardened into a soft, eggshell texture.



Once cooled and set, serve and enjoy your sweet treat!

These Glazed Hibiscus Shortbread Cookies are worth every minute of baking effort that you put into these. A great recipe to experiment with and show off your skills. Perfect to box up and send out as gifts to friends for a Happy Spring Day! Have you tried some of our other spring recipes? Let us know and tag us in some of your posts and pictures online using our hashtag #cookmerecipes!

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Total Reviews: 21
Alayah Porada

Thanks a lot, just got them out of the oven and they look amazing!

Pyper Albakri

I've never tried hibiscus tea before, I really enjoyed it and goes really well with the cookies.

Wren Soscia

Needed a lot more sugar but I liked them.

Emiliana Borroel

So colorful and yummy exactly what I was looking for in a dessert.

Jazlynn Mhoon

Good thing that I decided to give it a shot, I really like them.

Kataleya Kuhlers

Took slightly more time then stated but they tasted just fine.

Micah Gopez

Exactly what I needed, guests will love these huge crowd pleaser.

Dalia Dailey

Last time I made the peanut butter cookies and I loved them time for this now wish me luck.

Clover Housley

Really simple and easy to make!!

Whitney Oalmann

You can really decorate them with pretty much anything, I also dropped in some chocolate chips :)

Emerald Toay

OMG they are so cute! I adore the way they look and taste can't wait to make more and bring them to work to make my coworkers jealous lol.

Ailani Zenker

I made a bunch of them and they are all gone! I devoured them all after a bite from one, too good to leave any leftovers.

Ophelia Michele

You have really ascended with these Lilly, thanks you for the great recipe again. Looking forward to see what else you'll be making this time around.

Marcella Groetsch

Made them with chocolate glaze instead perfections right there.

Dani Bahnmiller

Cookies and tea? Count me in!

Briar Dibitetto

This is my first time ever making cookies and I am really surprised to see how well they turned out to be thx cookme.

Azalea Labhart

Thank you they were good though I much preffer things like the churro apple pie.

Sally Bridewell

Another great cookie recipe added into my notebook!

Aiyanna Nau

They turned out really good.

Sloan Derico

Will be making more of these in the future for sure it's a top notch dessert recipe


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