Sunday, July 10, 2011

Lemon Lavender Shortbread

I don't know what's wrong with me lately. I just can't get enough of lavender. I love the way it smells. I love the sight of it in my garden: the silvery leaves and happy purple flowers thrive in a hot, sunny spot where other plants might wilt. I can pretend that we, the lavender and I, are in Provence or Sicily under a baking and bright Mediterranean sun. Cheers, lavender!

Lately I even want to eat lavender. Every time I turn around, I'm finding a use for just a subtle hint of its scent and flavor. This week, those pretty flowers are in full bloom. If we bake them into shortbread, the palest of cookies, then we can still enjoy their color. Lemon zest adds more fragrance to the cookie; so do vanilla ice cream and fresh strawberries on the side.

Lemon Lavender Shortbread
10 T butter, softened
¼ c powdered sugar
1 ½ T granulated sugar
¼ t salt
1 ½ c flour
2 t lavender flowers; you may include some tiny, tender leaves
2 t lemon zest

Preheat oven to 300° F. Cream the powdered sugar, granulated sugar, and salt into the butter until light and fluffy. Sprinkle the flour, lemon zest, and lavender over the mixture and stir until well incorporated.
Pat the mixture into an 8 x 8 pan. Prick all over with a fork if you like. Bake until the shortbread is just thinking about turning golden brown; but take it out of the oven before it does anything much about that idea. This should take 45 to 50 minutes.

Cut the shortbread in the pan while it’s hot, then cool in the pan on a rack. Pop them out with a metal spatula. Serve to acclaim.


  1. I've made lavender shortbread before and thought it was such a sophisticated flavor. But, adding lemon would make them even better. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till tomorrow night and I'd love it if you'd come by and link your shortbread up.

  2. Thanks, Lisa - and thanks for the invitation. I have posted my link on your blog,


  3. I've been addicted to lavender for years now! I just linked my lemon lavender blueberry pie to Lisa's link party at Sweet as Sugar Cookies, and later this week will post my Plum Lavender Pie on my own blog. I can't wait to try this shortbread. I had lavender scones next on my list, but I think I'll try your shortbread first.

  4. I'm obsessed with lavender too. However, I make my shortbread with lemon zest and chamomile tea. I also slightly under-bake it in an 8x8 pan to give it an almost cakey consistency.

  5. Yay, gourmetmemoirs - I think I'll take a little stroll over to your blog and look over the pie. Mmm, pie.

    Aliecat, I think shortbreat is a fantastic vehicle for all kinds of fragrant things! I like the chamomile idea a lot.


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