Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Lemon-Lavender Shortbread

I love the idea of using herbs and flowers to cook with.  My lavender bloomed a second time this year so I couldn't resist trying them in a shortbread recipe.  It smelled amazing coming out of the oven!  Tastes even better.    

1/3 cup sugar (I used lavender sugar)
1 teaspoon dried lavender blossoms, chopped (omit if you have lavender sugar)
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt 

 In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, chopped lavender (if needed), and lemon zest.  Using a handheld mixer, beat the butter at a moderate speed.  At a low speed, add the flour and salt until a soft dough forms.  Transfer the dough to wax paper and refrigerate for 20 minutes.  Form the dough into a 4-inch log and chill for at least 45 minutes longer.
Preheat the the oven to 350 degrees.  Slice the shortbread dough into 1/4 inch thick rounds and place on an ungreased baking sheet.  Freeze the rounds for 10 minutes.
 Bake the shortbread for 20 to 25 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Yields: 12-18 cookies 
Recipe adapted from: Food & Wine

Here is the lavender sugar I made, click the link to see how I did it.

So there you have it.  Lemon-lavender shortbread for a late summer tea.
I will link this to:
Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm 
Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters Stuff 
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky at Your Home Based Mom  
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
A Pinteresting Party  at Tutus & Tea Parties

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style 
The Best Blog Recipes link party


Anonymous said...

Ooh, I think I can smell the lavender aroma just reading the recipe. Looks yummy!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

That title caught my eye. Looks delish.

curiositaellya said...

I love lavender cookies very much. I made similar a while a go. Thank you so much for sharing. Pinning.


Sue said...

You know I never thought I would like food with lavender in it. I am so used to lavender being associated with my spray for my sheets, my laundry detergent or my body lotion that I thought it would taste "perfumey" to me. When we visited the lavender farm in Michigan, I sampled lavender shortbread and it was delicious. Yours actually looks even more perfect that theirs was! You live close enough to just drive some right up to my house!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

It looks yummy and your pictures are beautiful.

thepaintedapron.com said...

This looks and sounds divine, I am pinning to try!

Unknown said...

That shortbread looks wonderful! I made some from Earl Gray Tea... it was fabulous! :)

Thank you for hosting!

Rattlebridge Farm said...

Sherry, this looks welcoming and delicious. I've been planting lavender this week--can't wait for summer! Thanks for including this beautiful post at Foodie Friday. Pinning to Consuming Passions! xx

Rattlebridge Farm said...

P.S. Would you like to participate in the Oct 1st Mystery Ingredient Club? Let me know, and I'll ship your ingredient. Thanks!

Theresa said...

These look amazing. Shortbread is our favorite cookies & to add the lavendar sounds divine. Your welcome to stop by & share anytime @DearCreatives your new follower.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Mmmm! Your cookies look wonderful and I can just smell them. Thanks for the recipe.


Theresa said...

I am featuring your recipe tomorrow on the site! Thanks for sharing it for everyone to see. I hope to see you join in again & if you like feel free to pick up a featured button. All my best, Theresa