Shortbread Rose Swirl Cookies

I must say: these cookies are quite unique.

They have an interesting (but yummy) flavor.  I'm not sure how to categorize them.  They have the looks of your grandma's butter cookies - you know, the ones in the tins?  These rose cookies are soft and chewy in the middle, with a hint of coconut flavor.

If you are a big coconut fan, I suggest you use unrefined coconut oil.  You will get a fuller coconut flavor.  If you'd rather mask the coconut flavor, be sure to use refined.  The cookies will have very little coconut flavor.  When I made these, I used unrefined and you can definitely taste the coconut flavor.

These cookies taste like a cross between chewy sugar cookies and traditional shortbread.  I think you'll be pleased with the outcome!  My taste-testers really liked their unique flavor.  At the end of my photography process, I drizzled some of the cookies with chocolate.  I have to admit: those cookies were the best!

If you're not familiar, chickpea brine is all the rage in vegan cooking right now.  You can use it as an egg substitute.  In fact, check out my vegan Chocolate & Amaretto Macaron recipe!

Shortbread Rose Swirl Cookies
Adapted from i, Food Blogger

8 T. coconut oil, softened
4 T. vegan powdered sugar
6 T. chickpea brine, the juice in a can of chickpeas
1 tsp. vanilla-infused bourbon (learn more about infusing your own liquors!)
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1 1/3 c. + 1 T. organic flour

chocolate, for drizzling

Directions
Preheat the oven to 425° F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.  This recipe makes 12 cookies.

In a large bowl, cream the oil, sugar, brine, and bourbon.  Slowly fold in the flour and salt.  The batter should be paste-like, not too doughy.  You want to be able to pipe it out of a bag.

Fill your piping bag with the dough.  I used a Wilton 1M tip to make my rose shapes.  Pipe your 12 roses onto the parchment.

Refrigerate the roses for 10-15 minutes.  Bake the roses for 10-12 minutes, checking them after 8 minutes or so.  They should be slightly golden on the bottom.  Allow them to fully cool on the baking sheet.

After, you can choose to drizzle them in chocolate or eat them straight off of the pan!  These cookies are easy to make and not too sweet.  Enjoy :-)

Cheers!
-Aileen