Strawberry Cookies Recipe | PBS Food

Strawberry Cookies

strawberry cookie

Freeze dried strawberries add the perfect crunch to these cookies, just asking to be a part of your spring brunch table. (Recipe Credit: Adrianna Adarme of Fresh Tastes)

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  • Cookies:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Strawberry Frosting:
  • 1/2 pint strawberries
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 + 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 drop of red food coloring (optional)
  • Crunch:
  • 1/4 cup cookie crumbs (from the baked off cookie crumbs)
  • 2 tablespoons freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter


  1. To make the cookies: To the bowl of a standup mixer, add the butter, granulated sugar, powdered sugar and salt. Beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg, egg yolk, vanilla paste or extract and beat once more until combined. In two batches, add the flour, being sure each addition is combined before adding the next one. Divide the dough in half, transfer it to two sheets of plastic wrap (it’ll be quite soft!), shape into a disc and transfer to the fridge. Allow to chill for about 1 hour.
  2. Turn the oven up to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Remove the first disc of dough from the fridge. Allow to come to room temperature for about 5 to 10 minutes. Liberally flour a rolling pin and work surface. Roll out the cookie dough to a 1/8-inch thickness. Stamp out the cookies using a 3-inch cookie cutter (I used a strawberry cookie cutter). Transfer the cookies to the baking sheet, spacing them about 1 inch apart (these spread slightly). Place the scraps and break them up into pieces and place on another baking sheet (we’re going to bake these too!). Repeat with the second disc of dough.
  4. Bake the cookies, one baking sheet at a time, for about 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly golden brown around the edges. Cool on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack. Repeat with the remaining cookies and cookie scraps.
  5. To make the frosting: To a small saucepan, set over medium heat, add the strawberries, salt, water, lemon juice and sugar. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until softened. Smash them with a spoon and run through a sieve, discarding the pulp. Transfer the strawberry puree to the fridge to cool (or else it’ll melt the frosting!). You should have about 2 tablespoons of strawberry puree.
  6. To a medium bowl, add the unsalted butter, powdered sugar and the cooled strawberry sauce. Beat until combined. Add food coloring, if you like, to make more pink.
  7. To make the crunch: To a a blender, add the baked cookie scraps and freeze-dried strawberries; pulse until everything is in teeny-tiny pieces. Pour in the melted butter and pulse once more.
  8. To decorate the cookies: Add a teaspoon of frosting to each cookie. Make a pretty smear situation and top with a sprinkling of the cookie crunch on top.
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