Lavender Shortbread: How to Make Delicious Cookies With Lavender

Lavender Shortbread Cookies Dusted with Sifted Icing Sugar... Can You Say Sinfully Good & Slightly Exotic?

Image: Lavender Shortbread Dusted With Icing Sugar
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The Next Time You Entertain, Why Not Serve Shortbread Enhanced With Lavender--a Twist on an Old Classic

I visited a lavender farm up in River John, Nova Scotia, and sampled some lavender shortbread--and was hooked! I've always loved shortbread and flavored as these cookies were with delicate lavender, I bit into something truly special. I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as I do.

Lavender goes particularly well with sugar so it makes an excellent ingredient for baking. While you may have thought of lavender as a fragrant plant that grows in the home garden and suitable for a pretty show of purple blooms or a plant that is a favorite for crafting, lavender can also be used in the home kitchen for baking. Adding lavender buds to sugar, honey, icing, whipped cream or shortbread cookie dough, imparts a truly exotic flavor. Picture if you will the rich, slightly crispy/crumbly texture of rich shortbread lightly flavored with a subtle floral note. Truly sublime and yet another way to make shortbread.

You can serve these cookies plain or dust them with sifted icing sugar, as seen in the first picture. I like to use a scalloped-edge cookie cutter, which makes these cookies look pretty.

This page offers step-by-step instructions so you can make your own lavender shortbread. The cookies take just minutes to prepare but the results are well worth it.

What You'll Need to Get Started

  • Culinary lavender buds (these usually come in small packets)
  • Your favorite shortbread recipe or use the one below

Ingredients for Lavender Shortbread

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Recipe for Shortbread Cookies With Lavender

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 corn starch, sifted
  • 1 1/2 cups flour, sifted
  • 3 tbsp. culinary lavender buds

Creaming Butter

Photo: Creamed Butter
Photo: Creamed Butter | Source

Mixing Cookie Ingredients

1 cup butter

Make sure your butter is soft to start with so that it is easy to cream, prior to adding the other ingredients. Using room temperature butter makes the process so much easier and saves on preparation time.

Add 1/2 cup icing sugar

Sift in icing sugar into the creamed butter and work with a wooden spoon or beaters until mixture is well blended, ensuring that no icing sugar lumps remain. Do sift. This is an important step that lends a delightful texture to your cookies.

Adding Icing Sugar

Image: Sifting Icing Sugar into Butter
Image: Sifting Icing Sugar into Butter | Source

Sifted Flour and Cornstarch

Image: Sifted Flour and Corn Starch
Image: Sifted Flour and Corn Starch | Source

Adding Corn Starch

Sift in 1/2 cup corn starch + 1 1/2 cups of flour

It is important to sift dry ingredients as shown on this page, so cookies have a light, melt-in-the-mouth texture.

Knead Gently

Stir mixture gently with a wooden spoon, then work with hands, kneading until cookie dough forms a ball

Now For The Fun Part ... Adding The Lavender!

Add 3 tbsp. culinary lavender buds

Mix until buds are evenly distributed throughout shortbread. (You may be tempted to add more lavender. Don't. When using lavender buds for baking, remember, a little goes a long way.)

Adding Culinary Lavender to Shortbread Cookie Dough


Of course, to make these cookies, you will need to pick up a package of culinary lavender buds before you begin. If you can't find any, locally, these can usually be ordered from a lavender farm or online. Once you have a packet on hand, you can use the aromatic buds in any number of recipes.

Now I Know You'll Be Sampling This Before You Even Cut Out Your Cookies!


Sprinkle a light dusting of flour on your counter and roll out shortbread dough. Cut into desired shapes with a fluted cookie cutter and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Place this sheet onto a second cookie sheet.

Shortbread Cookies Ready for the Oven


Bake in a 300 degree oven for 15-20 minutes, making sure that cookies do not over-brown. (Don't forget to double-pan to protect cookie bottoms.)

Remove cookies from oven and cool in pan.

If desired, dust cookies with sifted icing sugar. If you are going to dust your cookies with icing sugar, do so while cookies are still warm. As the powder sugar melts slightly, it forms into its own special "icing."

Store in a covered container when completely cool.

Baked Golden Brown--You Know How Good These Are Going to Taste

Image: Lavender Shortbread Fresh Out of Oven
Image: Lavender Shortbread Fresh Out of Oven | Source

Did You Catch The Baking Tips in This Hub?

  • Make sure your butter is soft, not hard, which makes mixing these cookies a snap.
  • Do sift. You may be tempted to take shortcuts but sifting gives these cookies such a lovely texture. And it only takes seconds.
  • Knead shortbread dough gently with hands.
  • Make sure you double-pan, so your cookie bottoms don't over-brown.
  • Oven rack should be midway in oven.
  • Check cookies and reduce heat as you near last half of cooking time. This reduces over-browning around edges.

Ready For a Bite?

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A New Twist On an Old Classic

Adding lavender to shortbread gives a new twist to a classic cookie. If you are a shortbread lover, it never hurts to add one more recipe to your repertoire.

*Copyright Athlyn Green (M. Rhodes). No part of this article may be copied.

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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Oh yes yes yes! A few years back I actually found some of these sold at my local supermarket - they were outstanding. I had so many tea parties - gave them as gifts and I thought the magic would last forever.

Then one fine day I went to get a carton and there were no more - and they were never sold again. And I have never seen them anywhere else.

But now - I can bake them. I even have real lavender. Thanks so much - I will bookmark this.

Wow! Life is good!

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Athlyn Green 6 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Georgina,

These were delicious!

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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor

These look delicious - can't wait to give them a try if the blizzard ever stops!

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