What is the best smell? I’m sure we can come up with many delicious and amazing smells, from clean cotton, fresh cut grass, to a warm pie fresh out of the oven. One of my favorite smells is lavender. I’ve always loved the smell; growing up in our gardens we had several lavender plants and I have dried bunches decorating my apartment. But I’ve never thought to bake with lavender, well until I made these Lavender Shortbread Cookies.
I stumbled upon Lavender by the Bay while at the farmers market. It by far the best smelling stand and they sell a variety of lavender based products, including culinary lavender. I love how aromatic lavender is and it pairs well with many desserts.
I’ve also have begun to experiment with my photography. Most of the time I bake and cook when I get home from work, which means it’s dark out and the lighting is not so great. I’ve been asking for feedback and advice from some fellow bloggers and have been trying to put more effort into my food photography, which most of the time I just do on the fly and think about after the fact (which sounds so careless considering how I’m a professional photographer).
So here’s to a new way! Hope you enjoy the photos!
Lavender Shortbread Cookies
- 2 Cups Flour
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 1 Cup Unsalted Butter
- 1 Tbsp Culinary Lavender
- 2 Cups Confectioners Sugar
- 3-4 Tbsp Lemon Juice
- Preheat oven to 350. Combine butter and sugar with an electric mixer.
- Mix together the flour, lavender and the salt, then add them to the butter and sugar mixture. Mix together until a dough begins to form. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
- Roll the dough out to 1/2 inch thick and cut with a cookie cutter (I used a circle, but feel free to change up the shape).
- Place the cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
- Mix together confectioners sugar and lemon juice, and spoon on top of the cookies. Decorate with lavender and enjoy!