It never fails to amaze me how one simple ingredient can take a recipe to a whole new level. These lavender shortbread cookies are so easy and with just six ingredients they can be whipped up in no time. Shortbread cookies are pretty perfect on their own…but adding a twist is really fun. In this case, the twist is fresh lavender buds. Just two teaspoons mixed in with the sugar is all you need.
I had never tasted anything made with lavender except Herbes de Provence…and in that the lavender is combined with other herbs so you don’t get the full-on taste. When I was trying to think of how to describe the taste of lavender, the only thing I could come up with is that it tastes like it smells. Fresh and lovely. When you take that first bite, it’s such an interesting experience. I seriously have not ever tasted anything like it.
If you don’t want to roll and cut out cookies, the dough could be shaped into a log and refrigerated…then it could be sliced and baked. A little lavender sanding sugar on top of the glaze would be very pretty too.
If you don’t have lavender on hand, the best place to find it is online. Here are links to some handy sources:
If you aren’t sure about ordering lavender just for these cookies, I am going to be sharing a lavender sugar scrub and also lavender lemonade. The lemonade is made with a simple syrup and is maybe the freshest tasting drink I have ever had. Soon it will be warm enough to sit on our porches and sip that lavender lemonade. Personally, I can’t wait.
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