With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Lavender Shortbread Cookies

This is the second season I have had lavender growing in my garden and it has yielded a nice amount of lovely flowers. I was so intrigued to come across a few recipes that use lavender as an ingredient and decided to make a batch of Lavender Shortbread Cookies.

The cookies are crisp and melt-in-your mouth good and they have a unique flavor.

I really did not know what to expect but I have to say, these pretty cookies are so good! They are very buttery, very tender and crisp with a unique and delicate essence of  lavender. Most pleasant!

I like that this cookie recipe includes mint and lemon along with the lavender.

The recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of chopped lavender. I read on another site that a little goes a long way, and too much will make your food taste like perfume and even bitter. I scaled back to 1 tablespoon and thought it was just right.

One other note: the dough was a bit too sticky to roll out and cut with cutters. I even tried to put it through a cookie press. I decided to roll the dough into a log, then into colored sugar. I slices the log into 1/4-inch rounds.  This worked well.


I could detect the lemon flavor but the mint was unnoticeable so maybe I'll add more next time.

And there will be a next time...
they were disappearing off of the cooling rack right before my eyes!


Lavender Shortbread Cookies
  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh culinary lavender
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Directions

In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the lavender, mint and lemon zest. Combine the flour, cornstarch and salt; mix into the batter until well blended. Divide dough into two balls, wrap in plastic wrap and flatten to about 1-inch thick. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Cookie stamps will work well on these too. Place on cookie sheets.

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, just until cookies begin to brown at the edges. Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Yield 24 servings @ 186 calories per serving


27 comments:

Romaine said...

Oh how interesting. I have never tried to grow lavender. Is it hard? I have tried to make "herby" cookies--with cinnamon basil. They weren't sweet enough. I noticed your recipe calls for much more sugar. I'm noting this post if I plant some lavender.

gnee said...

I can almost smell the lavender and lemon here and the colored sugar makes them so pretty. These are a lovely Spring time treat...thanks!

Stephanie said...

They look so yummy! What a perfect cookie for spring! I am definetly noting this recipe for my daughter's tea party birthday coming up soon!

marie said...

You photos are amazing. I love the colors - they look as fresh and yummy as those cookies sound!! I have lavender growing too. I think I will shock my family and try these. : )

Mumzie said...

Beautiful photos and the cookies look so yummy! I too love lavender and mint in my garden will try this recipe. Thanks for sharing. Yvonne :)

Ann said...

They look too pretty to eat but they do sound good. I can't even imagine what lavender would taste like.

Dishesdone said...

They look so pretty! I bet they smell and taste heavenly!

lostpastremembered said...

These are just so pretty with the lavender and ribbon... great job and photo!!

Julie said...

Beautiful! The photos are amazing. I love trying lavender in recipes.

The Watts Family said...

I will have to print this thanks for sharing I have tons of lavender ~Blessings Heather

once in a blue moon... said...

absolutely gorgeous!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Lavender seems so feminine and beautiful to me...just like your cookies! I love the taste.

Martha said...

I love Lavender shortbread but I've never had lemon and mint in them. They are a favorite tea treat at Linderhof! I love the idea of the lavender sugar to roll them in -- they look delightful and I'm sure they tasted divine!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What an amazing and beautiful cookie! I love using my garden herbs in cooking. I have never made a lavender cookie, but I can't wait to try this when my lavender blooms.
Your instructions are so clear and very complete.
And your photography just perfection!
I am having an April Cornell giveaway, please stop by and join in!
Yvonne

April@The 21st Century Housewife said...

Your photographs are beautiful! The lavender cookies sound delicious.

Really Rainey said...

Those look delicious! I might have to try this recipe for my upcoming tea party!

~Rainey~

Michael Lee West said...

Teeny Templeton would be proud to see this beautiful post.The photos are gorgeous and the shortbread looks delicious!

Designs By Pinky said...

These cookies sound so good! I don't have a place to get some lavender right now but when I do I want to try these! I read your profile and you are truly blessed with 9 grands!!!!! XO, Pinky

Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

This reminds me of my mom's lavender bread recipe, I bet the cookies are delish!

I'd love to have you share this recipe on my weekly link-up, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/04/28/mint-infused-plum-tarte-tatin/

Jacqueline said...

I made lavender sugar last fall, wonder if it is strong enough. What gorgeous presentation. Do you mind if I ask what lens and camera you used? That picture is just fabulous with the bokah in the background. I love your sugared edges. Yum.

The Fajdich Times said...

They look fabulous:)

sugarswings said...

pretty! i have been wanting to do a lavendar recipe so thanks for the tip on reducing the amount as I have heard the same about it being overpowering!

Mary said...

These are beautiful & your photos are magazine worthy! It makes me want to plant some lavender!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Gorgeous cookies and your pics are amazing! Sounds like a great recipe:@)

Sabrena Suite-Mangum said...

Looks like I'm upgrading my lavender mint cookie recipe. I have one I like but this seems even better!

Sheryl Rolin said...

I make old fashioned lavender lemon soap. I think I will add a touch of mint next time, make these cookies, & give away as gifts. Thanks as usual yet once again for another terrific recipe. I love your blog. Please don't ever disappear.

noshingwiththenolands said...

A friend of mine shared this with me. Wow, they are so gorgeous!!! I am going to add it to my Mouth Watering Mondays post this Monday. Please come over to see it at www.noshingwiththenolands.com

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