Soft and buttery lavender shortbread cookies with a light glaze are the perfect spring time treat! With only 6 ingredients, they are so easy to make.
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I can’t resist a good shortbread cookie. Don’t get me wrong, I will never turn down a warm chocolate chip cookie, but for a change of pace, shortbread is always my go-to. When Girl Scout Cookie season rolls around, everyone goes crazy for Thin Mints, but I always order a box or two of humble shortbread cookies for myself.
Of course nothing can compare to a delicious, buttery homemade shortbread cookie. They are so simple, but I think that’s what makes them so good. Sometimes I want my cookies a little less sweet, and these lavender shortbread cookies have just a hint of sugar for the perfect kiss of sweetness. Then you can drizzle with as little or as much of the lavender glaze to control how sweet you want them!
These lavender shortbread cookies are the perfect spring or summertime dessert. Lavender will always remind me of a winery in Fredericksburg that we visited for my bachelorette party. It was a gorgeous day in April, and the winery had a large lavender field behind it. I adore the smell of lavender, so I ended up buying more lavender scented soap and candles and sheet spray than I did wine! It’s still one of my favorite wineries (the wine is excellent, too)!
So when I wanted to make a lightly flavored shortbread that was perfect for a springtime treat, I knew lavender would be perfect. It adds such a nice floral note to soft and buttery shortbread, and makes them hard to resist! You might even have to double the batch.
Luckily, Lavender Shortbread cookies are super simple to make! They’ve only got a few simple ingredients (including a yummy infused lavender sugar) that you just mix together, roll up, slice and bake! Then whip up the glaze and spoon it over the top for an easy, irresistible treat!
Lavender Shortbread Cookies
Soft and buttery lavender shortbread cookies with a light glaze are the perfect spring time treat!
- Prep Time: 40 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: about 18 cookies
- Category: dessert
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup lavender sugar (or regular sugar)
- 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp Sea Salt (omit if using salted butter)
- 1 tsp dried Lavender (food-grade)
- 1/4 tsp lavender extract
For the glaze:
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/8 tsp lavender extract
- 2-4 tbsp water, add one at a time
- In a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add flour, salt, lavender, and extract.
- Place dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap and roll into a log (about 1-inch in diameter).
- Refrigerate dough for 30 min.
- Preheat oven to 300° F. Remove dough from refrigerator and slice into 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick circles. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool before removing to a cooling rack.
- To make the glaze, stir powdered sugar and lavender extract. Slowly add water, one tbsp at a time until it reaches glazing consistency. Lightly drizzle over cooled cookies and let harden before storing.
- Store in an airtight container.
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