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2 Mar 2011

Lavender Shortbread

During a recent visit to Northallerton for my Betty's Cauliflower Cake fix I discovered the most amazing Deli, Lewis and Cooper. Among the fabulous treats I piled into my basket was a tiny jar of edible lavender.  I've been searching local foodie hotspots for this delicious grandma inspired treat for months so I was ecstatic to finally bring my search to an end.

After some deliberation I decided to turn my delicate dried buds into the lavender scented shortbread from one of my most favoured cookbooks Eat Me.

To give them a more delicate flavour I decided to grind the lavender buds with the sugar rather than chopping them. I felt a scent of the flower would be better than having to pick the buds out of your teeth.

Lavender Scented Cookies


110g unsalted butter
55g caster sugar
170g plain flour
1tsp dried edible lavender or 2tbs of fresh - roughly chopped


Preheat oven to 200C and grease a large baking sheet.

Cream together the butter and sugar till pale and fluffy. Stir in the flour and lavender and bring together in a soft ball.  Wrap in cingfilm and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Using a pretty cutter, stamp out biscuits reroling the scraps when necessary. Place on the baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for around 10 minutes or until lightly golden.

Leave the biscuits on the baking sheet to cool for 5 minutes before transfering to a wire rack.

Once cooled, I dipped the biscuits in lavender chocolate and dusted the with some pretty pink sprinkes.  Enjoy with a cup of earl grey tea.

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  1. Katie, these are so adorable!


  2. How beautiful! I've not heard of lavender chocolate - that sounds interesting.

  3. I was recently sent a pack of culinary lavender too...I used to make these biscuits a lot & am so happy to be able to do so again!! Yours look lovely, I really like the way you finished them with sprinkles! My bakery customers are a suspicious lot though & I find they don't sell well...but I adore them and so does everyone once they try them! xo Rachel

  4. I have that book, it's so beautifully written! I can't stand lavender, edible or not so I won't be making these, although yours look divine.

  5. Isn't 'Eat Me' amazing! Love the book and with results like this it is obvious why. Lovely photo's Katie.

  6. Beautiful cookies and lovely pics too! x

  7. They look lovely - neat and beautifully decorated, and a good tip about grinding the buds with sugar, I hadn't thought of that!

  8. They are so perfect and pretty, I love the sound of lavender scented.

  9. I collect it in the garen in summer and dry it out. I do the same with the rosemary. Keeps beautifully.

    Nice photos :-)

  10. I tried to grow it last year but it never flowered. Going to have another go this year :)

    Katie xox

  11. Ooh these look gorgeous! I really want to make some shortbread now. I wonder where I could get some dried lavender from near here hmmm...

  12. I love the idea of fragrancing the shortbread with lavender - and your biscuits look beautiful x

  13. I've never tried anything lavender flavoured before but the whole dipped-in-chocolate-thing miiight just persuade me ;)

  14. so these are like the cutest biscuits ever

    Bow Dream Nation xx

  15. how cute are these.

    Helen, X

  16. These are so pretty.

  17. Lewis and Coopers is great!! not the best cake making section but theres Lakeland for that!

    Hello from a fellow Northerner (who is currently in Cornwall for the summer!) Love the blog

    Lara xxx


Thank you for your comments :)

Katie xo