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5 from 2 votes

Easy Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Subtly-scented tea time treats.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
resting time1 hr
Course: Afternoon Tea
Cuisine: English
Keyword: cookies, easy, lavender
Servings: 24


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lavender buds, or 2 teaspoons dried
  • 8 ounces unsalted butter, softened to room-temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, scooped and leveled
  • Glaze: 1 cup confectioners sugar blended with just enough water to achieve a spreadable consistency
  • Optional for decoration: fresh lavender petals


  • Use a food processor or a mortar and pestle to grind the sugar and lavender petals together.
  • Put the sugar mixture and butter in the work bowl of a standing mixer that is outfitted with the paddle attachment. Beat at low speed until smooth -- about 2 minutes. Add the flour and beat until combined. Mixing is complete when there are no visible lumps of butter in the dough. Form the dough into a rough disk, wrap it in plastic, and chill for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  • Roll the dough into a 1/4-inch thick circle. Cut out cookie shapes with a round, 2-inch diameter cutter. Use a flat spatula to transfer the rounds to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Chill for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 300°F.
  • Bake on the middle rack of the preheated oven just until the sides of the cookies begin to color — 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely on the baking sheet.
  • Top the cookies with the glaze mixture. If desired, sprinkle fresh lavender petals over the cookies.