These delicate shortbread cookies are the perfect end to a summer meal. Light and floral, Lavender Shortbread pairs gorgeously with a warm cup of tea on a chilly summer night with friends.
The lavender is in full bloom and the floral aroma wafts up through our windows even thought the lavender plants are more then a hundred feet away! As I make my way to work every day, I stroll by the light purple flowers and think to myself “I need to bake something delicious with lavender – soon!” And that time has come, with a classic recipe for shortbread with the addition of freshly dried lavender from our work gardens.
Lavender is an amazing ingredient, not only in cooking. It is used in aromatherapy as a calming and soothing way to relieve stress. Just crush some fresh lavender buds between your fingers and inhale slowly. Another way to benefit from its calming properties is to steep fresh lavender buds in water to make Lavender Iced Tea. Need more ideas? Wrap fresh lavender in a cloth and use as dryer sheets – beats using those chemical filled ones from the store; infuse spring water with lavender and use as linen spray, specially on your pillows before bed – it’ll make you sleep easier!
To get you inspired, below are links to some amazing recipes from the food blogger community featuring lavender. Remember that you can not only bake with it, but use it in drinks as well as part of a spice mix for savory recipes. The classic mix of “Herbes de Provence“, a traditional seasoning in France, is made with the addition of lavender as well!
Lavender Scones by Roxana’s Home Baking
Lavender Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies by Always Order Dessert
Blueberry Lavender Rhubarb Jam by Healthy Green Kitchen
Lavender Shortbread Cookies by Savory Simple
Lavender Lemon Tart by Bakeaholic Mama
Lavender Iced Tea by Food Babbles