Lavender Shortbread

Lavender Shortbread

Lavender Shortbread

Did a class last night in Mentor on Cooking with Herbs. In spite of the snow a number of people made it. We had several¬† tasty herb-laden dishes and finished off the evening with Lavender Shortbread. Its a favorite of mine and was a big hit in class, too. Simple to make – it is the basic shortbread recipe with added lavender blossoms. Such a small change and such a wonderful flavor. I grow my own lavender but if you don’t and are going to buy them- be sure to purchase blossoms that are safe for cooking. Some are sold for crafting purposes.

 

Lavender Shortbread

 1 c. sugar, plus extra for sprinkling

2 c. butter or margarine

4 c. flour

2-3 T. lavender blossoms

 

Cream together the one-cup of sugar and butter. Stir in the flour and lavender blossoms. Press mixture in to a greased 9×13 inch-baking dish. Cut or score into small squares, or on the diagonal for diamond shapes. Sprinkle with extra sugar and bake in a preheated 300-degree oven for 50-55 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Re-cut the squares as soon as you remove the shortbread from the oven. Cool before removing from pan. Make about 100 small squares.

Adding the lavender blossoms

Adding the lavender blossoms

 

Score before baking

Score before baking

Fresh from the oven!

Fresh from the oven!

 

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