Lavender Shortbread cookies are my contribution to the Fill The Cookie Jar group this month. Our theme this month was Easter or Spring. To me, lavender equals spring. I love the scent of it! I recently found out that I also love the taste of it! It is a relaxing scent and I have often used it in my home.
Cooking with lavender is pretty new to me. Last year, I found a lavender farm near our house. It is about an hour drive from our house, so we decided to make an afternoon of going out there. Turns out the farm is actually a nursery. Boy was I happy when I found that out! I love finding new plants for my garden.
I expected to see something like this.
What we found was this.
It was not quite the Lavender Farm I was expecting! They did however, sell some wonderful perennials (I purchased many of them). The owners gave us a quick tour of the gardens they grew that displayed the plants they sell.
While touring the farm, we got a chance to taste lavender lemonade and lavender ice cream. They were both so delicious! So when I saw the recipe for Lavender Shortbread, I knew it would be my choice of cookie for the Fill The Cookie Jar group.
- ¾ lb unsalted butter room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp culinary lavender
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3½ cups flour
- ¼ tsp salt
Place the lavender in a food processor, grind the lavender.
Using the paddle attachment on a standing mixer, or a regular mixer, mix together the butter and sugar until combined. Add vanilla and chopped lavender and mix.
In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the salt and flour. Add to the stand mixer and mix until a dough forms.
Turn dough out on to a floured surface and roll into a log. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or as long as overnight.
Preheat oven to 350.
Using a sharp knife, slice the log of dough into ¼ inch thick slices. Place slices on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.
Allow cookies to cool to room temperature and then sprinkle the tops with granulated sugar or lavender sugar.*
These cookies have a hint of lavender and they melt in your mouth. They are a perfect cookie to have for Tea Time, or any time.
I hope that you will give these melt in your mouth shortbread cookies a try. They are easy to make and require few ingredients. When you bite into one of them, you will think you have been transported to fields of lavender!