Fun and Easy Mushroom Shortbread Cookies

cookies shaped like mushrooms

Β Adorable Shortbread Mushroom Cookies

I made these cute mushroom shortbread cookies months ago and even gave you a sneak peak in my behind the scenes post but then completely forgot about those photos. FYI: the cookies don’t contain mushrooms! They have almost fallen between the cracks but luckily I got sick and found them.

I mean, luckily I found them.

What started out as a sore throat two weeks ago has progressed into a full dragon living in my chest, robbing me of my voice, and spitting fire all night long. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired and not being able to see my granddaughters.

This has got to stop!

So finally, I decided to ignore the dragon, cheer myself up with something fun (like finding out what I would look like if I were a man) and maybe even get productive for a change. First things first I attempted yoga…in bed…with my dog beside me. I stretched, she stretched. That was the extent of it. Only one of us wagged her tail.

 

What I would look like if I were a man

Wasted an hour on this app. Am I handsome or what?

 

After hours of fiddling around and losing myself in meaningless stories on the Internet, all while suppressing the dragon (I’m good at multitasking), I finally got up to make lunch.

On the menu:

The Russian version of a mushroom dish I love that I was also going to share with you. But alas, the Russian version needs cheese and I was out of cheese. Needless to say, you and the Russian Nation will have to wait before I share that recipe.

Anyhow, I went back to feeling sorry for myself and got immersed into the Internet once again.

Only this time I visited blogs I follow to see what they’ve been up to. I regularly visit He Needs Food for photography inspiration because I adore John’s style. John is a former chef, an Australian of Croatian descent – another reason I’m drawn to his blog. His recipes are a mix of the two worlds plus everything in between.

Once on his blog, I immediately remembered my mushroom cookies and went on a search of my photos. You see, it is John’s post of mushroom cookies that inspired me to share my own version with you in the first place. I’ve never seen them styled and photographed in such a way that makes you want to reach into your screen and pick one (and I’ve seen and eaten many of these cookies in my life). He’s simply amazing!

Mushroom Shortbread Cookies

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Sweet Mushroom Shortbread Cookies

Don’t you just love how adorable these mushroom shortbread cookies look? My granddaughter refused to try them thinking I was tricking her into eating real mushrooms. More for grandma, ha!

What I love about them, besides how fun and easy they are to make, is that you can adjust the flavor to your liking. Now to think of it, I should’ve added sage or rosemary like I did in my lemon sage shortbread cookies. It would make more sense. Oh, well…You get the idea.

Now excuse me while I go tame my dragon with these sweet mushrooms.

Ingredients:
Makes 40-46

2 sticks unsweetened butter, softened
1 cup powder sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons superfine sugar (optional)

 

 

~ Free Tip ~

Add lemon zest and vanilla instead of almond extract, or add herbs like sage or rosemary for a sweet/savory version. Serve on a bed of “dirt” – crushed Oreo cookies.

 

Directions:

With an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs and almond extract and beat shortly until combined.

Stir in flour, cornstarch, and baking powder and mix or knead until soft dough forms. The dough should not stick to your hands. Add more flour if necessary.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Using a tablespoon, take a small amount of dough and roll between your hands into a ball. Place on a large parchment paper-lined baking pan or nonstick cookie sheet.

Here’s the trick to the mushrooms: Using the top of a glass bottle without the cap, dip the top into water then into cocoa powder. Gently press into each ball of dough and remove carefully.

 

how to shape cookies into mushrooms

Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes. Oven temperatures vary, so keep your eye on the cookies so they don’t burn. Roll tops of cookies in the fine sugar, if desired.

Fun and Easy Mushroom Shortbread Cookies

Fun and Easy Mushroom Shortbread Cookies

Yield: 40-46

Fun and Easy Mushroom Shortbread Cookies

These mushroom-shaped shortbread cookies are fun and easy to make plus they never go unnoticed. Watch them take the spotlight on a food table of every gathering.

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks unsweetened butter, softened
  • 1 cup powder sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons superfine sugar (optional)

Directions

With an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs and almond extract and beat shortly until combined.

Stir in flour, cornstarch, and baking powder and mix or knead until soft dough forms. The dough should not stick to your fingers. Add more flour if necessary.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Using a tablespoon, take a small amount of dough and roll between your hands into a ball. Place on a large parchment paper-lined baking pan or nonstick cookie sheet.

Here's the trick to the mushrooms: Using the top of a glass bottle without the cap, dip the top into water then into cocoa powder. Gently press into each ball of dough and remove carefully.

Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes. Oven temperatures vary, so keep your eye on the cookies so they don't burn.

Roll tops of cookies in the fine sugar, if desired.

Notes

~ Free Tip ~

Add lemon zest and vanilla instead of almond extract, or add herbs like sage or rosemary for a sweet/savory version. Serve on a bed of "dirt" - crushed Oreo cookies.

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Sweet Shortbread Cookies shaped like mushrooms using one simple trick. These adorable cookies will impress and outshine any table setting.

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  1. Reply
    Rhonda
    June 23, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    These look delicious, and they’re so cute. I love the arrangement on the recipe card. These would be great at a Fairy Garden party. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.
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      Jas
      June 24, 2017 at 1:25 am

      That’s a great idea! Thanks!

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    Grammy Dee
    May 31, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Congrats Jas! Your post was featured at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. See here: http://grammysgrid.com/blogging-grandmothers-link-party-16/

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      Jas
      June 1, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      Thank you so much, Dee! You made my day πŸ˜€

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    Chris Waghorn
    May 20, 2017 at 4:34 am

    Love this idea. So creative, so fun, and such a good talking point if taking them somewhere.

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      Jas
      May 21, 2017 at 10:30 pm

      Thanks, Chris! I totally agree πŸ™‚

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    Carol ("Mimi")
    May 18, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Yum!! Thank you for linking up at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I’m sharing your post on social media.
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      Jas
      May 19, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      Thank you!

  9. What a cute idea Jas and they look great! thanks for sharing with us at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I’ve shared on social media.
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      Jas
      May 19, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Thank you much, Sue!

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    Clearissa
    May 17, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    These are so cute and I just know they are tasty as well. Thank you for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared this post.
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      Jas
      May 19, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      Thanks, Clearissa!

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    Lori Hill-Smith
    May 16, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Those are awesome. I thought they were real mushrooms in the pic!! Thank you for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty
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      Jas
      May 19, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      Yay, I tricked you πŸ˜€ LOL. Thanks, Lori!!!

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    Miz Helen
    May 16, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Your cookies are amazing! Hope you are having a fantastic week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. We will look forward to seeing you again real soon!
    Miz Helen
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      Jas
      May 19, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      Thank you! Have a great weekend.

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    Grammy Dee
    May 15, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    How cute, looks like a little mushroom garden, very unique! Thank you Jas for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared this post.
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      Jas
      May 16, 2017 at 9:05 am

      Thank you! πŸ™‚

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    Donna
    May 15, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    These cookies are adorable!! Thanks for sharing at: #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty#15 .

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      Jas
      May 16, 2017 at 9:01 am

      Thank you!

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    Christie Hawkes
    May 15, 2017 at 8:10 am

    How fun. The cookies sound wonderful, and the photography is great. I hope you are feeling better soon. Thanks for linking up at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I have shared this post on social media.

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      Jas
      May 16, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Thank you, Christie!

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    Sandra
    May 11, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    These are just so darn cute and I love the presentation!
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      Jas
      May 11, 2017 at 10:57 pm

      Thank you, Sandra! πŸ™‚

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    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    May 11, 2017 at 10:28 am

    What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!

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      Jas
      May 11, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      Thank you!

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    Debbie
    May 11, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Jas – ok I will admit, I started reading your post and I kept looking at the picture thinking why in the world would anyone put mushrooms in their cookie recipe – but them I realized you made them look like mushrooms – boy oh boy did you fool me – they are so realistic looking – what an amazing job! WOW and the recipe sounds yummy too… Thanks for linking up with #TuneInThursday last week. Hope to see you tomorrow too.
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      Jas
      May 11, 2017 at 10:28 pm

      LOL Debbie, that would be disgusting, wouldn’t it?

  20. Reply
    Emily
    May 9, 2017 at 7:04 am

    I love shortbread cookies! I probably would have shied away from them like your granddaughter too though, lol Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty
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      Jas
      May 10, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      Ha ha, Emily! It’s all about keeping more for myself (*evil laugh)

  21. Reply
    Laurie
    May 8, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    These are so cute and totally creative! Love them! Pinned to share.

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      Jas
      May 10, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      Thank you, Laurie! Appreciate it πŸ˜€

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    TwoPlusCute
    May 8, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    They are cute, adorable and pinned!
    I really thought you had thrown read mushrooms over bread, until I read the whole thing. XD

    Hope you are feeling better now (and I laughed so much about the yoga part, lol!)
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      Jas
      May 8, 2017 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you so much, Dione! Could be a good trick for April’s Fools day, right?
      And, I am feeling better, thanks! πŸ˜€

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    rue
    May 7, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Those cookies are so cute! I hope you feel better soon, Jas. Nothing worse than a cold when the weather is beautiful.

    xo,
    rue
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      Jas
      May 7, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      Thank you, Rue! The temps are in the mid-forties here so that makes it easier, I guess. Hope your weekend was wonderful!

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    Michelle
    May 6, 2017 at 3:01 am

    Begone nasty dragon, leave the nice man, errmmm lady alone.

    Aww Jas, I hope you feel better soon, but I’m real glad you shared these. My daughter isn’t too keen on mushrooms. She’ll eat them at gun point, but I swear she spits them out as soon as I’m not looking πŸ˜‰ She does however love her shortbread and Oreos so these may just change her mind.
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      Jas
      May 6, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks, Michelle! I’m feeling much better (it was about darn time).
      Just serve these one day without telling your daughter what they are and see how she does. Wish I thought of turning my camera on when I offered them to my granddaughter. it was a Kodak moment, lol. She did try them eventually and, of course, loved them.

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    Patrick@looneyforfood.com
    May 5, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    These are adorable! Perfect to because my sister hates mushrooms so she won’t want to steal them. Haha more for me! The perfect snack in disguise
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      Jas
      May 5, 2017 at 9:58 pm

      Lol, snack in disguise! That’s exactly what it is πŸ˜€

  26. Reply
    Colleen
    May 5, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Gah…these are just too cute! I would love to use these to decorate a woodsy chocolate cake in the future. Just gorgeous!

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      Jas
      May 5, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      They would be perfect on a woodsy chocolate cake, ha! Thanks, Colleen. Enjoy your weekend!

  27. Reply
    ana@carpe_diem
    May 5, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    First of all, my compliments on these stunning photos of cookies! You almost fooled me. I have never come across this receipe, they are looking just like real mushrooms. Oreo crumbs make excellent dirt, ha! And your man like photo is not bad either, lol. If you don’t have a brother, that’s how he is supposed to look like πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the receipe, pinned to try! Hope you are feeling better very soon. Many greetings from Croatia.

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      Jas
      May 5, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Thank you so much, Ana! I really appreciate it πŸ˜€
      I do have a brother and he looks nothing like that, ha ha. Maybe if I had a twin brother… Pozdravi more od mene – nedostaje mi <3

  28. Reply
    Carlee
    May 4, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    I hope the dragon moves on soon! I was wondering how you made these cuties and it looks much easier than I had imagined! I’ve never seen anything like them and now I want to make a batch!
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      Jas
      May 5, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      Thanks, Carlee, feeling better already πŸ™‚ Yep, they’re super easy to make and you get lots of them too. I think I’ll cut the ingredients in half next time unless I’m making them for the cookie swap. Have a super weekend!

  29. Reply
    Healthy World Cuisine
    May 4, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Jas, I hope you are feeling better soon. This change of weather so many people are sick. These little shortbread cookies are so darn cute and creative. Love the idea of the bottle to make the cap. In regards to your before and after photo I much prefer the before… lol This is the second time I tried to sign up for e-mail posts. Can you please check to see if it went through if you are feeling up to it? Take Care of yourself!

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      Jas
      May 4, 2017 at 10:30 pm

      Bobbi, thank you! I prefer the before photo too, lol. What email address are you using to sign up so I can check if it’s there? Also, are you receiving an error message? My subscribers are growing so maybe my emails are going to your junk folder. πŸ™

  30. Reply
    Mrs Shoes
    May 4, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    These are SO cute; I think my little Amy (my “Practice Grand”) would love them! I’ll bet that the bottle imprint would be her favourite part, so I can see us making them together after naptime.

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      Jas
      May 4, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      You have a practice grand? How fun πŸ™‚ Let me know how they turned out!

  31. Reply
    Ann
    May 4, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Oooooh! This mushrooms I would certainly eat. Love the creativity!

    So sucky that you’ve got all that dragons, Jas. πŸ™ hope you get well soon. I hv to say that i love your style of yoga. As for you being a man….hmmmm…i prefer the feminine you.

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      Jas
      May 4, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      I’m getting better, thanks Ann! As far as the masculine me, I prefer myself as me in every way, lol. I fear people think I’m playing with the idea to change gender. I assure you – I AM NOT! πŸ˜€

  32. Reply
    Milena | Craft Beering
    May 4, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Love these shortbread cookies! The prettiest presentation. You crack me up with your experiment on what you would look like as a man:) Now I need to try this app…:) Too funny!
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      Jas
      May 4, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Oh, Milena, I had the most fun with the app sending altered photos of and to all family members. We had a good laugh for sure. It also makes you look young/old and adds smiles. Thanks for stopping in πŸ˜€

  33. Reply
    Beverly
    May 4, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    The cookies sound delicious. I have to admit, when I saw the title of your post, my first thought was in line with your granddaughter’s take on it. πŸ™‚ I thought, surely not. Who would ruin delicious shortbread cookies by adding mushrooms? The name was definitely an attention grabber! I hope you start feeling better soon, Jas. Oh, and the face swap-nah!
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      Jas
      May 4, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      I should’ve posted this on April 1st, ha! Have a great weekend ahead, Beverly!

  34. Reply
    Mary - the boondocks blog
    May 4, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Jas these are absolutely adorable. I just started a diet because things were not going well here. But I love these so much I pinned them for when I lose at least a few pounds. The only way to get serious was to cut out all desserts. Sob sob! I hope you have tamed that dragon by now and are up to your old tricks. And stay away from the internet. πŸ˜‰
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      Jas
      May 4, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      Thank you, Mary! I hear you as far as cutting out sweets goes. I gave them up for lent and have noticed a difference but now I’m making up for it, lol. There’s actually only one diet I had success with losing the most weight and the best part is you don’t have to give anything up. I should start it again. (and stay far away from the Internet, lol) πŸ˜‰

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