Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Recipe Courtesy Of: 
Herbs and Spices

Makes about 24 cookies 1/4 cup honey 1 tablespoon (unsprayed) dried lavender flowers, plus 1 teaspoon uncrushed flowers 1/2 pound unsalted butter; slightly softened (2 sticks) 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour


1. Combine the honey and crushed lavender in the top of a double boiler. 2. Heat over low heat for 15 minutes. 3. Strain the honey, and discard the lavender. 4. Combine the butter, salt, and the whole lavender flowers in a large bowl. 5. Add honey and beat until completely blended. 6. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. 7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 8. Bring the lavender butter to room temperature. 9. Add the sugar and beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. 10. Beat in the vanilla. 11. Slowly add the flour, beating just until blended. 12. Mix the dough, cover and refrigerate until chilled. 13. Roll out 1/2 inch thick on a floured surface. 14. Cut into desired shapes. 15. Place 1 inch apart on greased baking sheets. 16. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown at the edges.


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