Lavender Shortbread Cookies with Lemon and Mint


Summer in cookie-form...  These beautifully scented shortbread cookies are the perfect companion to a cup of tea in the afternoon!

Lavender Shortbread Cookies with Lemon and Mint --makes about 24 cookies

**Adapted from Ina Garten's Shortbread Hearts Recipe**

3/4 pound unsalted butter, room temperature (12 ounces/ 340 grams)
1 cup white granulated/caster sugar (225 grams) extra for sprinkling, optional
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups flour (420 grams)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1-2 teaspoon dried lavender flowers

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C / 350 degrees F.

In the large bowl, cream together the butter and 1 cup of sugar using an electric mixer. Add the vanilla. In another bowl, sift together the flour and salt. Add the mint, lemon zest and lavender flowers, then add the flour-herb blend to the butter-sugar mixture. Mix until the dough forms. On a lightly flour-dusted surface shape the dough into a long log--about 2 - 2 1/2 inches thickness (5 - 6.5 cm). Wrap in parchment paper and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven and line a baking tray with parchment baking paper. While oven heats, remove the parchment wrap from the dough and cut cookies with a sharp knife and arrange cookies on the prepared baking tray. (Sprinkle cookies with extra sugar, if using.) Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the cookies are gently browned at the edges. Cool on a wire rack before serving.


Check cookies at earliest time to avoid over browning of color. My cookies were done in about 18 minutes. I have tried my best to convert measurements where needed, and hope I did OK... if you need more help, or different measurements, try Online Conversion. This recipe makes quite a lot of cookies, but they freeze very well.


Comments

  1. Thanks sweet friend for sharing your cookie recipe; it looks yummy. I think it sounds good with Ice cream too. Big hugs for you! Love this one~

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    1. Ooo... ice cream would be a lovely companion for these cookies and make it a real dessert! Thanks for the great idea, LeAnn! ;)

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  2. very nice! baking with lavender is just lovely!!! HUGS to you!

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    1. You might like these with tea, Elizabeth! ((HUGS))

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  3. Mmmm. Those flavors sound amazing!

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    1. The scent of the cookies baking, and while eating them, is really beautiful!

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  4. Looks to die for! Love the shortbread, mint, lemon zest. Don't have the lavender but I think it will be fine without!

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    1. Jeanie, these cookies could be made with just one or two of the flavorings to be really tasty... even just the lemon and mint together would be great!

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  5. They look delicious and ideal with a pot of tea. Thanks for the recipe share. I ought to make more lavender bags. They are excellent for storage spaces.

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    1. I want to be making some new, fresh lavender bags too! I tucked a bundle of lavender in with my yarns... so that's a start! ;)

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  6. I have made similar cookies and they are delicious. Now I think I must make some soon.

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    1. There's something about the buttery goodness of shortbread cookies that I start craving as we move towards autumn... Maybe you are back from your travels now, and have time for baking again?! :)

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  7. Those look like fabulous cookies Tracy! I love the scent of lavender! I love shortbreads. Lemon is one of my favorite things ever, and mint, well . . . adore it also. These are winners all round! Love and big hugs my dear friend, xoxo

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    1. Thanks so much, Marie... I think homemade shortbread is probably my favorite cookie. You can add little touches--like mint, or the lavender, mini choc chips or other--to make them special. :)

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  8. Oh! These look scrumptious and I love Ina Garten's recipes.

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    1. Hi, Juana... and thanks! I like Ina's recipes too, as they are usually pretty simple and easy. Her basic shortbread recipe is my favorite, and I like to tweak it, like here, with adding extra flavaor. :)

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