Lavender Shortbread Cookies

By Rochelle Bilow
January 19, 2011
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Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Author Notes: I made these for a party; my friends and I ended up slathering them with cheese. They're good on their own, as well.
Rochelle Bilow

Makes: quite a bit

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup 10X sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons dried lavender bulbs
  1. The day before you plan on making the cookies, brown the butter, Put it in a stainless steel skillet over medium-low heat and cook, stirring occasionally. Once melted cook a few minutes more; the butter will start to give off a nutty smell and turn a shade of goldish-brown. Remove from heat before it burns (you’ll know if it does), put in a clean container and refrigerate to re-solidify.
  2. Beat until smooth and creamy. (I’d recommend a stand mixer, but since I don’t have one, I use an electric hand mixer.) Add the salt and sugar and beat until incorporated and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and lavender.
  3. Beat in the flour on a low-speed, mixing until completely incorporated.
  4. Remover from the mixing bowl and flatten into a disc. Wrap with plastic and refrigerate at least an hour, or until firm.
  5. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a cutter of any shape (I like bunnies), cut cookies and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with kosher salt and refrigerate once more, about 10 minutes.
  6. Place in a 350 degree oven and bake until slightly browned at the edges; about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and re-locate to cooling trays.

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