Monday, February 7, 2011

lavender shortbread hearts


Lavender has long been a favorite flower and color of genteel ladies. This shade of purple suggests refinement along with grace, elegance, and something special.

Purple and its lighter lavender shades has a special, almost sacred place in nature: lavender, orchid, lilac, and violet flowers are often delicate and considered precious.

While purple is the color of royalty, lavender is the color of femininity. It's a grown up pink.

Use the color lavender to suggest something unique or extremely special but without the deeper mystery of purple.

Shortbread, made with @KerrygoldUSA butter and lavender scented sugar:
Look closely at the cookie and you will see little blue/purple pieces of lavender.
The lavender hearts were prettier than these made last year.  After a week, the texture was unchanged and the cookies remained crisp.
Notice the cute little tile, made by My Friend A (here's her web site.)
The recipe was adapted from here.
If you like the soft smell of lavender, you will love the subtle hint of lavender in these cookies.

Lavender Shortbread

Though not necessary, I let this sit for a week in a covered container prior to mixing and baking the cookies:
1 T. dried culinary lavender flowers
2/3 c granulated sugar

Process the lavender flowers and granulated sugar in a food processor until both are very fine in texture.

In a medium bowl, beat until light and fluffy:
16 T (8 oz) butter (use the best butter available)
granulated sugar/lavender mixture

1 1/2 t vanilla

2 c. all purpose flour
1/8 t salt

Mix in flour only until well incorporated.  Do not over mix.

Wrap cookie dough in saran and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Roll cookie dough to 1/4" thick; cut as desired and sprinkle with sanding sugar.
Bake on parchment lined baking sheet 12-14 minutes until edges are lightly browned.
Cool on baking racks.  
Store in covered container.  (Mine were still fresh after a week stored in a tin on the kitchen counter.)


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