Orange Lavender Shortbread Cookies

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Lavendar is one of herbs similar to cilantro. You either love it or you hate it. I love it. My husband hates it. I love to bake with culinary lavendar and I love the scent of lavendar.

There are some flavors that pair really well with lavendar. I love lemon and orange to pair with it and really bring out the bright flavor of the herb.

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For these cookies, I used orange but you could easily substitute lemon zest and juice in these if you don’t have an orange.

These cookies require a few chilling periods but they are super simple to make and use minimal ingredients.

I purchased this culinary lavendar from Etsy. The shop specializes in lavendar products and I am really happy with the quality in this first purchase. Be sure that you are using culinary lavendar and not any of the other types of lavendar you can grow in your garden.

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One thing with lavendar is that a little goes a long way and if you put too much in, it can result in your dish tasting like soap.

Let’s get started.

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Here is what you need for the cookies:

  • 1 teaspoon culinary lavendar
  • Zest of 1 large orange
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

For glaze (optional)

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice (more if needed)
  • Turbinado sugar (sprinkle on top)

 

For the cookies:

Put your sugar, lavendar and orange zest in a blender or the single serve Ninja (best invesntion ever) and pulse until completely combined and finely ground together. The sugar will turn a pale peach color.

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Put scented sugar and butter into mixer and beat until fluffy. Add remaining cookie ingredients. Dump the batter onto a piece of plastic wrap and form into a ball. Cover completely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 to 45 minutes.

Once chilled, roll out onto floured surface. Roll out until about 1/2 inch thick. Choose cookie cutter and place cut out cookies onto 2 cookie sheets covered with silicone baking mats. I love my silicone baking mats. They are one of my favorite kitchen accessories, especially for cookies.

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Return cut out dough to refrigerator for 30 minutes.

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Preheat over to 350 degrees.

Bake chilled cookies for 10-12 minutes.

While cookies bake, get a small microwave safe bowl and put honey and orange juice into the bowl. Microwave for 15 to 20 seconds or just until warmed. Do not put in longer than about 20 seconds.

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As soon as you remove cookies from the oven, brush the honey orange glaze onto your cookies and then sprinkle turbinado sugar on top.

Allow to completely cool.

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That’s it. These are the perfect spring and summer cookie. Simple, delicious and easy.

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1 Comment

  1. I hate cilantro (it tastes like soap to me), so does that mean I will also hate lavender? These cookies look beautiful and I would definitely would be willing to taste them, if not make them!

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