Gram's Shortbread


3 cups
1/2 cup
Corn starch
1 cup
Icing sugar
1 pound
1 Tbsp
Chopped lavender buds
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Cream butter. Add sugar and work together until creamy. Sift cornstarch and flour. Whip together until fluffy, gradually add the chopped lavender buds. Dough is ready when mixture breaks - beat for quite a long period of time. Drop a teaspoon and bake at 325F until light brown - about 10 to 15 minutes.

This is a family favorite recipe, updated with lavender buds - it is truly magnificent! Our grandmother spent her early years growing up on the Whitworth Ranch in the Skagit Valley near Hope, B.C. right on the Canada/U.S. border. Today the ranch is a provincial park and one of the mountains is named Whitworth Peak after her father, Henry Whitworth. Mary moved to Kelowna when she was 17 and soon married Richard Stewart of Stewart Brother's Nursery. Our farm was originally purchased to be used as nursery land in the 1950's. Eventually it was planted with red and golden delicious apples.