Turmeric Shortbread Cookies

Crystallized Ginger. Flaked Coconut. 

Y'all. Team. Happy Winter Solstice (+ a day)! 

What better way to celebrate than with flakey, out-of-this-world delicious, celestial shortbread cookies! 

You can put them on a platter, in your mouth, on top of your Christmas tree, or all of the above, because this recipe makes about two dozen cookies. 

Yields roughly two dozen cookies


  •  3/4 lbs vegan butter (#worthit) 
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 Tbs H20
  • 1 Tbs turmeric 
  • 3 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 C crystallized ginger, minced
  • 1/4 C flaked coconut (unsweetened) 
  • 1/4 C confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Combine sugar and room temperature vegan butter with a wooden spoon or pastry knife. Add tablespoon of water. 
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together turmeric, salt, and flour. Then slowly add the dry mixture to butter and sugar until the dough begins to form a beautiful bright yellow ball. 
  4. Incorporate minced crystallized ginger and flaked coconut. 
  5. Place dough on a well floured surface, shape into a flat disk, wrap in cellophane, and refrigerate for a half hour.
  6. Roll chilled dough out to 1/4 to 1/3 inch thickness, and cut out joyful cookie shapes. Place on an ungreased baking sheet.
    1. Please be strategic in your cookie cutter placement in order to use the dough surface area economically.
    2. Please also eat some dough to make sure it's as delicious as you suspect it is. 
  7. Bake cookies for 20-25 minutes. 
  8. Remove cookies from the oven when the edges start to brown. Let cool completely. 
  9. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve. 

tur·mer·ic | \ˈtərmərik\ 

noun: an Indian perennial herb of the ginger family with a large aromatic yellow rhizome

Are you already on the turmeric train? If not, allow me to usher you onboard. According to the George Mateljan Foundation...

  1. Turmeric is a magnificent source of manganese—one serving (two teaspoons) contains seventeen percent of your daily value.
  2. Iron is also in abundance! One serving offers ten percent daily value!  
  3. Consuming turmeric in a meal can help the body regulate blood fat levels after eating. 
  4. You don't need to eat a lot of turmeric to experience the benefits! As little as 50 milligrams (approximately 1/50th of a teaspoon) each day may be a boon to the body. 

Let's do be honest about the fact that this is a cookie recipe. It is zero percent healthy. However, if in the long run turmeric comes to be a staple in your diet—and it all began with star shaped shortbread—I'd say that's net positive. Eat well and lively kindly! Happy holidays etc!