Vanilla Lavender Shortbread Cookies

I adore shortbread.  There’s just something about the straightforward simplicity of shortbread cookies that I find immensely satisfying.  Delicately flavored with dried lavender and vanilla bean, these lavender shortbread cookies are an easy yet elegant cookie for dessert or for tea time.  Recipe courtesy of Katie Moseman from Recipe for Perfection.

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Servings 18 cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Submitted By Katie Moseman from Recipe for Perfection
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Servings 18 cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Submitted By Katie Moseman from Recipe for Perfection
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Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Grind the dried lavender to powder using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Whisk the powdered lavender, vanilla bean paste, and sea salt into the sugar until well combined.
  3. Add the butter and beat into the sugar until combined. Add the flour and stir until the dough comes together, pressing it with your hands to form a large ball of cookie dough.
  4. Using a small cookie dough scoop or tablespoon, scoop up balls of dough, roll into a smooth ball, then place on the baking sheet and gently flatten with fingertips until about 1/2 inch thick.
  5. Prick each cookie with a fork in a decorative pattern. Bake the cookies for about 15 minutes, or until golden around the bottom edges. Cool completely before storing.
Recipe Notes

Choose the best quality flour, butter, and cane sugar. I like to use sea salt in these vanilla lavender shortbread cookies.
Cookie scoops are one of my favorite kitchen tools. They come in different sizes (small, medium, large) and are useful for cookie dough scooping and ice cream, too. I use a small cookie dough scoop for this recipe.
Make sure you buy edible lavender, also known as culinary lavender. The kind that is sold as a potpourri or air freshener may have chemicals added, so make sure you buy your lavender from a spice store or a health food store, and check the label to make sure it’s for cooking purposes.
I like to use vanilla bean paste in this recipe (it has a unique flavor and makes pretty speckles in the cookies), but if you don’t have any (or don’t want to buy any), you can substitute an equal amount of pure vanilla extract.

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