Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Magic happens when lemon, lavender, butter, and sugar meet in the oven. Infused with notes of bright lemon, floral lavender, and sweet vanilla, these buttery lemon lavender shortbread cookies are absolute bliss (and the ideal cookie to bring a touch of spring into your kitchen!).

Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Sprinkled with sugar and dressed up with a sweet lemon glaze, these pretty cookies are a must bake for your Easter table, Mother’s Day brunch, or spontaneous weekend picnic.

Shortbread Cookie Ingredients

To make these lemon lavender shortbread cookies, you’ll need:

  • Granulated sugar
  • Fresh lemon zest
  • Dried culinary lavender
  • Unsalted butter
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • All-Purpose Flour

For the glaze, you’ll need:

  • Powdered sugar
  • Fresh lemon zest and juice

Make Ahead Shortbread Cookies

Baked and cooled shortbread cookies (unglazed) can be wrapped well and frozen up to 2 months. To thaw cookies, place on wire racks and let stand at room temperature for one hour before topping with lemon glaze.

Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies

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Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies

  • Author: Laura Kasavan
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes (plus chilling)
  • Yield: 24 cookies
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
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Buttery lemon lavender shortbread cookies drizzled with sweet and tangy lemon glaze make the perfect spring treat!



  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp Meyer lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp dried culinary lavender
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar (for sprinkling)


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp Meyer lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp Meyer lemon juice


  1. Combine sugar, lemon zest, and lavender in a food processor and pulse for 1 minute until lavender is finely chopped. Beat butter and lemon-lavender sugar in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until combined; add vanilla and salt and beat until incorporated. Scrape down bowl as needed. Reduce speed to low and mix in flour just until incorporated and dough begins to come together in large pieces. Scrape dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap, shape into a disk and wrap well. Chill dough in the refrigerator until firm, about 30 minutes
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll out dough to slightly less than 1/4-inch thick on a lightly floured board. Use a floured 2 1/2-inch fluted biscuit cutter to cut out cookies. Gather scraps, re-roll, and cut until you have a total of 24 cookies. Place cookies on baking sheets, sprinkle with sugar, and chill for 20 minutes in the refrigerator.
  3. Bake for 14 to 15 minutes, rotating pans halfway through, until lightly golden and edges are set. Cool for 5 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. For the glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, lemon zest, and juice in a small bowl until smooth. Transfer glaze to a small piping bag and drizzle over cookies; let set before serving.
  5. Store leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days.


Make ahead: Baked and cooled shortbread cookies can be wrapped well and frozen up to 2 months. To thaw cookies, place on wire racks and let stand at room temperature for one hour before glazing.

Keywords: Lemon, Lavender, Shortbread, Shortbread Cookies

Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies

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  1. I had a little difficulty with your cookies. The taste was divine, but in spite of chilling the dough before rolling and again after cutting cookies, they really spread during baking and ended up looking like a lace cookie rather than maintaining their shape. Any thoughts about where I went wrong? I wanted to serve these at a party, so any advice would be appreciated and I’ll try again.

    1. Hi Linda, did you bake the cookies on silicone mats or parchment paper? Sometimes cookies baked on the mats tend to spread more than on parchment paper. Also, did you use regular unsalted butter or a higher fat European butter? A higher fat content may also cause spreading. Hope that helps a bit, I’m always happy to help troubleshoot!

  2. Shortbread is my favorite type of cookie, Laura. And these look so delicate and sweet! 🙂

  3. Hi Laura. just made the dough and it is in the fridge!! cant wait to try them….and i have to laugh at your comment…will stay for up to 2 months in the freezer……now really..who can leave cookies in the freezer for 2 months? 🙂

    will let you know how scrumptious these babies are!

      1. thanks! life has been busy….baking again though!! 🙂 i just put one of the crumble cookies in the oven…put cherries on this one…. had an apricot one earlier in the week… it is such a good recipe, quick, easy and everyone loves it. will let you know about the lemon/lavender shortbreads tmrw. 😉

  4. Two of my favorite things, Laura! Lemon and shortbread. I love the pattern you drizzled… tucked in my picnic bag… I can just taste them! Delicious!

  5. These are so dainty and beautiful! Lemon is one of my favorite springtime flavors, I can’t wait to give these cookies a try!

  6. So beautiful and lemon and lavender is just so perfect for this time of year!

  7. oh I love these cookies Laura! you said it best! Combination of lemon, lavender, sugar and buttah!! Divine! 😀

  8. You’ve done it again! The perfect drizzle, the amazing flavor combination, and a burst of springtime just before our temps fall again! These are beautiful!

  9. Baking with lavender evokes such a magical connection to our spring gardens! A fabulous cookie to celebrate the arrival of spring.

  10. I love the lemon lavender combo Laura! These are perfect for Easter or Mother’s Day! I totally agree. I love the glaze on top!