Nothing smells sexier than the scent of saffron. Indulge in its aphrodisiac effects as it dances on your tongue with mood lifting orange zest, frisky nutmeg, seductive vanilla, and blissful cocoa. Set your mood with each bite and get ready for some fun in the sheets! (Not just for the grownups! My kids love these mood lifting cookies!)
Yield: 40 cookies
1 stick - ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
2 ounces cream cheese, warmed and softened
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup whole milk
3 cup flour
¼ cup coconut milk powder
¼ teaspoon saffron
¼ teaspoon nutmeg, grated
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
Zest of 1 orange
1 ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon Saucier Willy’s Turkish Delight Simple Syrup, light corn syrup, agave, honey, or glucose syrup
2 tablespoons room temperature water
Pinch of salt (We used an infused Himalayan basil salt. Get creative with your flavors!)
Crystal decorative sugar
Electric mixer (paddle and whisk attachment)
Cookie or biscuit cutters
Bowl to mix icing
Sifter or tea strainer to dust the cocoa powder
Dust cocoa powder on top of the iced cookies. Garnish with fruit powders, nuts (we love pistachio with this recipe) or whatever suits you.
Sub the butter for a high potency cannabutter. A prepared cannabis/hemp concentrate, i.e., distillate, can be used to medicate this recipe instead of using cannabutter.
Preheat the oven to 350°.
Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl for 15-25 seconds. Add orange zest, saffron, vanilla extract and set aside. If using a prepared cannabis/hemp concentrate add it before the orange zest, mix well and then add orange zest.
Warm and soften cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl for 20 seconds. Set aside.
Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, coconut milk powder into a bowl and set aside.
Using an electric mixer, cream the granulated sugar and butter mixture until light and fluffy with the whisk attachment. Add cream cheese, mix thoroughly. Add egg and whisk it fluffy. Change to the paddle attachment.
Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk. The dough will be soft and moldable. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface to -inch thickness. Cut out the cookies. (Top with crystal sugar if using)
Transfer the cookies to the ungreased sheet pan, sprinkle with colored sugar. Bake until golden brown 10-12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Add confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, Saucier Willy’s Turkish Delight Simple Syrup, water, and salt to the mixing bowl. Whisk until the ingredients are smoothly blended. Dip the front face of the cookies and let the access drip off. Place on a parchment lined sheet pan to harden. (use a spatula to apply the icing if you need to) If using, cocoa powder dust your cookies once on the parchment.
Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.