Friday, October 9, 2015

Lavender-Lemon Shortbread cookies

Happy Fri-Yay! This week has been a blissful autumn week. It's finally cooled down here, and really starting to feel like Fall. On Wednesday it rained and was cloudy all day, I think the high was 77F, and I was freezing, but it was much needed and felt so refreshing.
There is nothing I enjoy more than sitting on the porch, watching the rain, sipping a hot cup of tea, with something sweet to savor!

One herb I have never cooked with let alone bake with, is lavender. I've been tempted a time or two, to buy Lavender Sugar, but keep thinking to myself, I could make my own. Then while one weekend, we were up in Prescott, I bought some lavender buds to try my hand at cooking with them. Should I make Lavender salt, or sugar, oh no, I must make cookies, and what better guinea pig do I have for Lavender cookies than my husband.

He loves a good shortbread! He came home from work, just in time to have the first batch of shortbread that had cooled off. If I didn't stop him, he would have gobbled them all up!

Aren't these cookies lovely? The flavor of these delicate buttery, shortbread cookies is delightful fragrant, that is not only calming from the lavender, but the fresh burst of citrus, really enhances them.

At first, I was planning on glazing them, but after one bite, they were perfectly sweet enough.

Lavender-Lemon Shortbread Cookies (adapted from Food and Wine)

1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup of  all-purpose flour
a pinch of salt
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. dried lavender buds (culinary)
the zest from one lemon
Granulated sugar, or you could use coarse sugar or even Raw Sugar


1.) In stand up mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Add the lemon zest, the lavender, the pinch of salt and the vanilla extract. On low speed, add the flour slowly. When the dough forms a soft ball, transfer it to plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.

2.) Preheat oven to 350F. On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Using a round cookie cutter, cut out cookies, and then placing them on parchment paper. Bake cookies for 10 minutes, checking to see the slightest golden brown. 

3.) Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend!
Until next time!
xo Christine
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  1. Christine, these sound delightful and anything shortbread has my attention!!! I have never cooked with lavender either.Guess I better look for them.

    Thanks for sharing on the #OMHGFF this week!!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  2. Christine, these look so wonderful! I've never cooked shortbread cookies before but have pinned this so I can give them a try! Delicious!!!

  3. What a pretty picture CB! I have never cooked with lavender either, but do love shortbread cookies. I like how easy this recipe looks...a must try! Thanks for sharing and have a fantabulous weekend.

  4. My little boy loves lavender and when ever we go for a walk, he rubs his hands on the flowers to get the scent on his hands. He really wants me to make something to eat with lavender so this would be great for us. Thank you Thanks for linking to #featurefridays

  5. Really lovely cookies. Best wishes for a wonderful week ahead. Linda @Crafts a la mode

  6. These sound delicious! I love lavender and have some in my pantry. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  7. These sound simply delicious!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  8. Yum, I have only had lavender cookies once, but they were delicious. I could really go for a nice butter shortbread right now!

  9. Wow Christine, you made the pretties lavender cookies and I bet they are yummy too.
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    We love having you. Have an awesome week.
    Julie xo

  10. What a unique and delicious cookie recipe! Pinned to my Sweet Treats Board. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle.

  11. Hi Christine, one of these days I will find some dry lavendar so I can try these but in the mean time and a great addition to my Friday Features Linky Party this week.
    I would love to have you stop by and add other posts, if you like.....

    Have a great weekend!

  12. Ooooh, I would feel SO fancy eating these!!! Coming over from Snickerdoodle Sunday- hope you'll join us again this weekend with your latest & greatest makes!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

  13. They look so good and LOVE that plate!


  14. Yum, these look great! Love the flavor combination! Thanks so much for sharing these on MMM! :-)

  15. These certainly are gorgeous and would be so pretty for entertaining! I harvested my lavender a while ago and I'll have to try making these. Thanks for sharing with SYC.