I'm a sucker for a good shortbread and a warm cup of tea. Shortbread cookies are basically little, buttery bites of heaven in my opinion, and combining my love of flowers in this recipe has always been a favorite of mine. I made these for the very first time for my mother on Mother's Day a few years ago, and they quickly became a favorite. Shortbread is so easy to make, with only a few ingredients, and by adding culinary grade lavender and roses and a simply, yummy glaze on top, they look absolutely beautiful, too.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp culinary grade lavender or 2 tsp culinary grade dried rose petals, plus extra for decorating
2 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
For the glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons of whole milk
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In a bowl, mix together the flour and salt.
In a separate bowl, cream together the room temperature butter and powdered sugar until smooth, then add the vanilla, lavender (or rose petals) and lemon and mix well.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until you form a ball of dough.
Place the dough on a slightly powdered surface (use powdered sugar) and gently row the dough out into a 2" wide cylinder with flat ends.
Wrap the cylinder in plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill (approximately 30 minutes).
About 5 minutes before taking your dough out of the fridge, preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
Cut cookies about 1/3" thick and place on a backing sheet covered in parchment paper.
Bake your cookies for 12-14 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are very slightly brown.
Allow them to cool completely.
To make the glaze, whisk together or use a mixer to combine the powdered sugar and whole milk until smooth (no lumps).
Once cookies are cool, you can either dip your cookies in the glaze or drizzle the glaze over the cookie. I like to add more lavender or rose petals to the top.
Let me know what you think in the comments if you try this recipe and don't forget to tag @LifeTranscribed in social media so I can see how pretty your shortbreads turn out!