Best Lavender Recipes

autumn picnic with tea and cookies outdoors

When cool autumn weather arrives, I pull out my favourite recipes and begin baking goodies to enjoy with tea, coffee and good friends. I especially love to incorporate lavender into my baking and want to share my favourite shortbread recipe and best tips with you!

Gram's Lavender Shortbread

  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 pound of butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) chopped lavender buds.
  • Instead of dried lavender, you may use 2 drops 'Maillette' pure lavender essential oil, mixed well into softened butter
  • OPTIONAL: 1 tablespoon finely grated orange/lemon zest, mixed into butter with lavender essential oil

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cream butter until smooth.
  3. Add sugar and work together until creamy.
  4. Sift cornstarch and flour together (very important for a light shortbread).
  5. Whip ingredients together until fluffy using an electric mixer.
  6. Gradually add the chopped lavender buds.
  7. Dough is ready when mixture breaks – beat for quite a long period of time.
  8. Drop by the teaspoon, or a cookie spritzer, onto baking sheet.
  9. Bake about 10-15 minutes, until light brown.
  10. Best enjoyed with hot tea!


    Lavender is a natural accompaniment to lemon, orange, chocolate, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, nectarine, vanilla. The most important thing to remember is a little goes a long way, I never use more than a tablespoon in a recipe, and often only a teaspoon.
  1. All you need to begin enjoying lavender in your kitchen is a favourite recipe.
  2. Your grandmother's shortbread recipe modernized with a tablespoon of lemon zest and a tablespoon of lavender.
  3. Your favourite truffle recipe, with 2-3 drops of pure lavender essential oil - I prefer the oil from the species Lavandula angustifolia, Maillette.
  4. Your favourite white cake recipe with a tablespoon of lavender, frosted with buttercream icing and decorated with pressed cake flowers - how beautiful!
  5. pressed and dried flowers to decorate cakes

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    • Thank you for the Shortbread recipe. Years ago, we used to be able to come in for tea and cookies and that was always a major highlight of our visit to the farm. So nice to be able to bake these at home and share them. They have become a family favorite!

      Jeanne Karcz on

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