orange honey lavender shortbread cookies

Flavored with the heavenly aroma of orange zest and lavender, these buttery orange honey lavender shortbread cookies are a sophisticated take on the shortbread cookie! In this recipe, floral lavender and aromatic orange infuse the butter and sugar for instant visions of sun-filled lavender fields in Provence.

Orange Honey Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Brushed with a honey glaze and sprinkled with sugar, these cookies are equally lovely alone or paired with a scoop of peach sorbet or honey gelato on a warm summer night.

Orange Honey Lavender Shortbread Cookies

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Orange Honey Lavender Shortbread Cookies



  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp dried culinary lavender
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cups flour


  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp sugar


  1. Combine sugar, orange zest, and lavender in a food processor and pulse for 1 minute until lavender is finely chopped. Beat butter, orange-lavender sugar, and salt in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until combined. 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 silicone mats or parchment paper. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick on a lightly floured board. Use a floured 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, and chill for 20 minutes in the refrigerator.
  3. Warm honey briefly (about 10 seconds in the microwave) and brush over cookies. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, for 14 to 16 minutes, until golden and tops and edges are set. Cool for 10 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • Calories: 115
  • Carbohydrates: 18

Keywords: Orange, Honey, Lavender, Shortbread

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  1. Shortbread is one of my favorite cookies! Love the delicate flavors of this recipe, so light and refreshing!

  2. Your shortbread recipes always wow me! With honey and lavender, these are perfectly flavored for a summer tea time treat.

  3. You had me at the name of these cookies, what a creative recipe Laura, I love them!

  4. I love the flavor of these cookies Laura! Nothing beats a buttery shortbread cookie with a nice cup of tea!

  5. I love your pairing with the peach sorbet! These cookies sound absolutely divine! Some of my favorite flavors together in a cookie!

  6. The flavour combination of orange and lavender must be so perfect! And so pretty, too 🙂 Love these!

  7. Wow! these look delicious, lovely presentation. The orange lavender sugar sounds like it would be amazing in other baked goodies as well.