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A Lavender Shortbread cookie recipe with culinary lavender

organic culinary lavender from Lavender Hill Farm available from Local Universe at www.explorelocaluniverse.com

We carry gorgeous, fragrant culinary lavender organically grown at Lavender Hill Farm just east of Traverse City, Michigan, in Boyne City. And everyone agrees that it looks and smells amazing. But they all have one question:

What do you do with it?

Aside from making the goat cheese, honey and lavender dip that we published this spring, you can make COOKIES. I know, right? That stuff that makes your body lotion smell so good can go in cookies? 

Yes, and the delicate flavor is unlike anything you've experienced. I can't really compare it to anything else without doing lavender cookies an injustice. They're sweet, but not overly sweet. They're fragrant, but they don't smell like lotion. Lemon shortbread cookies might come close...

You just have to trust me and try this. 

Order our culinary lavender and you'll have plenty for several batches. Which you will want to make after you try the first. Post your photos on Facebook or send them to us at julianne@explorelocaluniverse.com!

Lavender Shortbread Cookies

8 Tbs. unsalted butter

1/3 c. sugar

1 1/4 c. flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. vanilla

1-2 tsp. dried lavender (whole or crushed)

Cream the butter, sugar and lavender with a mixer for two minutes. Add the vanilla, salt and flour, mixing thoroughly.

Scoop 1 Tbs. dough onto cookie sheet. Press down to 3/8-inch thickness with a cookie mold dipped in sugar. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Bake in a 250-degree oven for 25-30 minutes, until firm but not brown. 

Makes 1 dozen cookies.

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