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Love & Obsession: Lavender Shortbread Cookies with Lemon Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Serve these delicious lavender shortbread cookies during your summer gatherings.
By Sarah Berringer Bader
June/July 2012
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This Lavender Shortbread Cookies recipe is a slight variation on an old favorite. The lemon butter cream frosting adds moisture to the cookie, and the lavender sprinkles make for a nice presentation.
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This recipe is a slight variation on an old favorite. The lemon buttercream frosting adds moisture to the cookie, and the lavender sprinkles make for a nice presentation. MAKES ABOUT 2 DOZEN LAVENDER SHORTBREAD COOKIES

• 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter (not margarine), room temperature
• 2/3 cup sugar
• 2 teaspoons dried culinary lavender buds, chopped
• 2 1/3 cups flour
• 1/2 cup cornstarch
• 1/4 teaspoon salt

Lemon Buttercream Frosting:
• 1/3 cup softened butter
• 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
• 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
• 2 tablespoons lemon juice
• Dried lavender buds, for topping

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Cover 2 baking sheets with parchment or brown paper.

2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream together butter, sugar and lavender until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add flour, cornstarch and salt; beat until combined.

3. Divide the dough in half. Flatten it into squares and wrap it in plastic. Chill in the refrigerator until firm, approximately 1 hour.

4. On a floured board, roll or pat out each square to a thickness of 3/8 inch. Cut the dough into 1 1/2-inch rounds or into a shape of your choice with a cookie cutter.

5. Transfer cookies to prepared baking sheets, spacing the cookies about 1 inch apart. Prick each cookie several times with the tines of a fork. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until pale golden (do not brown). Cool slightly, then transfer to a rack. Allow shortbread cookies to cool.

6. To make the frosting, cream together softened butter and lemon zest. Begin adding small amounts of the sugar and the lemon juice, mixing well before adding more.

7. Spread the frosting on the cooled cookies. Before frosting hardens, sprinkle dried lavender buds on top of each cookie.


This article is excerpted from The Lavender Lover’s Handbook (Timber Press, 2012) by Sarah Berringer Bader. Sarah owns the Lavender At Stonegate Farm in West Linn, Oregon. 

Click here for the main article, Lavender Plant Love & Obsession.








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janosky74
8/18/2013 9:41:02 PM
I made these for an entry into a local county fair and won 1st place!! I did have to add enough milk after the chilling process to make it the consistency of pie dough. It was WAY to dry without it!








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