Baker’s Best! Jane’s Favorite Recipes: Lavender and Lemons ‘Last Hurrah!’

September 1, 2023

There’s still a hint of summer in the air!  

Although the Celestial Summer has just ended, summer is not officially over for another three weeks.

Lemons and lavender, reminiscent of summer days, are an inspiration for this favorite recipe.  

In addition, during a recent vacation in Brunswick, Maine, I discovered the unique flavor of lavender in cookies at a Farmer’s Market bakery tasting table. I was so intrigued that I researched until I found the recipe I’ve included for this month. 

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Lavender, a purple-blue perennial plant, with a sweet floral fragrance has been known for centuries for its calming effect, and for pain and inflammation reduction.  

Perhaps these cookies, too, can elevate your mood!


Lavender & Lemon Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Lavender & Lemon Shortbread Cookies are a great way to enjoy the final weeks of summer. Photo by Jane Taylor

Ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Lemon
  • Sugar
  • Culinary Lavender
  • Salt
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Unsalted Butter

Mix together: use mixer for best results

  • ½ cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (minus 1 tablespoon)

In separate bowl: 

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of the granulated sugar, 1 ½ culinary lavender, and zest of one lemon. 
  • Use mortar and pestle or back of spoon to grind the ingredients together.

Mix all of the ingredients together in one bowl.

Shape dough into round roll (picture slice and bake cookies roll) and wrap with parchment paper.  

Refrigerate for at least one hour. When chilled, unwrap and slice into ¼ in. thick cookies.

Place on parchment paper covered cookie sheet and bake.

Bake @ 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-14 minutes or until cookies are slightly golden brown.

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