1 1/2 c Butter (3 sticks)*
2/3 c Sugar
2 tb Lavender florets, chopped
1 tb Fresh mint, chopped
2 1/3 c Flour
1/2 c Cornstarch
1/4 ts Salt
GARNISH Lavender powdered sugar**
**To make lavender powdered sugar, put a few lavender flowers in a
sealed, pint jar of powdered sugar for a day before using sugar.
Preheat oven to 325 F. Cover two baking sheets with parchment or
In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream together the butter,
sugar, lavender and mint; mix until light and fluffy, about 3
minutes. Add flour, cornstarch and salt; beat until combined. Divide
dough in half. Flatten into squares and wrap in plastic. Chill until
On a floured board, roll or pat out each square to a thickness of
3/8″. Cut the dough into 1 1/2″ squares or rounds. Transfer to baking
sheets, spacing cookies about 1″ apart. Prick each cookie several
times with the tines of a fork.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes until pale golden (do not brown). Cool
slightly, then transfer to a rack. Sprinkle with lavender powdered
sugar. Store in tin cookie boxes or sealed containers.
Yield: About 4 dozen.
Shepherd writes: “A lovely rich shortbread with a hint of sweet
lavender fragrance and flavor. Perfect to serve with tea in the
From 1994 “Shepherd’s Garden Seeds Catalog,” pg. 61.