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Monday, November 29, 2010

Osmanthus Cookies

My dad was baking on the weekend and I couldn't tell from the aroma what was in the oven. He told me that he was using Osmanthus flowers to make cookies. Apparently, he saw this on YouTube and wanted to give it a try. It's in Mandarin, so if you understand it (I don't), have a look.

Well, the reasons I am posting these cookies are, first they tasted pretty good (crunchy) and second, I am so proud of my dad for knowing how to use YouTube (where does he find these things?)! I have underestimated his computer skills...

Osmanthus flowers are more commonly used for Chinese tea, but apparently have lots of health benefits as well. My dad bought some during his trip to Vietnam and Hong Kong last month. Osmanthus flowers aren't easy to come by (in Toronto at least), so my dad was pretty proud of his find. Here's the translated recipe, if you spot an error, please let me know!

Osmanthus Cookies
(Makes about a dozen)

15 grams of dried Osmanthus flowers (you can also use fresh ones, like in the video)
70 grams of sugar
150 grams of all-purpose flour
100 grams of unsalted butter
10 grams of egg whites
10 grams of almond flour
  1. Preheat your oven for 180°C (350°F). Have all your ingredients at room temperature and ready. Use a cookie sheet or tray lined with parchment paper.
  2. Sift the all-purpose flour and almond flour together and then add in your unsalted butter.
  3. Gently mix with your hands to keep the batter light and fluffy. Watch the video for her technique.
  4. Add in the sugar, egg whites, and Osmanthus flowers. Use a spatula to mix until well combined.
  5. Gather the cookie dough together. Using your hands, create little dough balls of about 1.5-2 inches wide. Place it on your tray and gently and evenly press the dough balls down a bit.
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool.


  1. Looks yummy! I have been using osmanthus to make jelly and i love the fragrance and smell of it. I must try this recipe ..bookmarking this..i'll go check out the chinese youtube recipe too. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Good for your dad - they look great! On a trip to China a few years back I was told Osmanthus tea will get rid of wrinkles - well I tried it - no wrinkle cure but I did feel a bit more energetic!

  3. Oh my goodness, what an interesting recipe! Wondering what they taste like? They look really yummy!

  4. Those cookies sound delicious! I had never heard of Osmanthus before. Love hearing about unique recipes like this!

  5. faithy, the baker, Osmanthus jelly! Is it like having it in jello or is the jelly flavoured using the flowers? I hope the recipe/video works out for you!

    Stephanie, I've heard Osmanthus tea helps clear the skin, so maybe it does get rid of wrinkles too... slowly!

    Bonnie, the cookies were quite good. I enjoyed the aftertaste and surprisingly they become addictive after you finish one.

    Ravenous Rowie, me too. I'm happy that my parents introduced me to this flower cookie. =)

  6. This looks super interesting. Never baked using a flower before!

  7. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes], have you tried cooking with lavender or roses?