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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
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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

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  • 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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Description

Buttery lemon lavender shortbread cookies drizzled with sweet and tangy lemon glaze make the perfect spring treat!


Ingredients

Cookies

  • 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)

Glaze

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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

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.

Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Meet Laura

Hi, I'm Laura and I'm so happy you're here! Welcome to Tutti Dolci Baking Recipes, a baking blog celebrating all things sweet! I share approachable baking recipes and elevated classic desserts for every home baker. My goal is to inspire you to bake from scratch with kitchen-tested recipes you can count on.

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24 Comments

  1. 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!

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

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

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

  5. 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!

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

  7. 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!