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Lavender Shortbread Cookies

An easy shortbread cookie recipe: simple ingredients & the fresh taste of lavender make these lovely lavender shortbread cookies perfect for any occasion. 

lavender shortbread cookies on cutting board

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 shortbread cookie recipe, the twist is fresh lavender buds. Just two teaspoons mixed in with the sugar is all you need. 

lavender sugar in food processor with measuring spoons

Lavender Shortbread Cookies…an interesting taste. 

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 of one of these shortbread cookies, it’s such an interesting experience. I seriously have not ever tasted anything like it. 

lavender shortbread cookie dough rolled out

lavender shortbread cookies on cutting board

Lavender Shortbread Cookies

An easy shortbread cookie recipe: simple ingredients & the fresh taste of lavender make these lovely lavender shortbread cookies perfect for any occasion. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 53 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons food grade lavender buds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Glaze

  • 1 heaping cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Using a small food processor or blender, pulse sugar and lavender buds several times.
  • In a large mixing bowl, or bowl of a standing mixer, beat butter, sugar/lavender mixture and vanilla until fluffy.
  • Add the flour, one cup at a time, mixing well between. Add salt and mix one last time.
  • Put the dough out on to a floured surface. Knead it a few times until it comes together.
  • Shape into a circle and roll out to about 1/4 inch thickness.
  • Cut out cookies using any shape cutter and place on a cookie sheet.
  • Repeat this process until all the dough is used.
  • Bake for 8 - 10 minutes until the bottoms are golden.
  • Cool completely.
  • Mix powdered sugar and milk. Drizzle over cooled cookies.

Notes

I used a 3 inch round cutter and got 16 cookies.
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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. 

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If you don’t have lavender on hand, the best place to find it is online. Here are links to some handy sources:

4 oz. bag lavender flower buds
round biscuit cutters
mini food processor
lavender sanding sugar

If you aren’t sure about ordering lavender just for these lavender shortbread cookies, I have a few other projects that use lavender. Just click the links below!

Lavender Linen Water
Lavender Lemon Bread
Burlap Lavender Sachets
Lavender Sugar Scrub

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