Lavender Shortbread Sandwich Cookies with Honey Buttercream

Lavender Shortbread Sandwich Cookies with Honey Buttercream

Lavender and honey go so well together. Bees know it, fairies know it, princesses know it. The flavor combination is so delightful in these cookies, that I decided to share them with you. In addition to delicious, compatible flavors, these cookies have a divine texture combination. The shortbread cookies have a tender, melt-in-your-mouth texture. Together with the silky, smooth honey buttercream, they’ll make you feel fancy and regal. You’ll hold your head up higher, ring for your tea and declare that you do indeed deserve fine things!

Some people are nervous about baking with lavender because they don’t want their baked goods to taste like soap or perfume. That can be a concern if the lavender flavor is too pronounced. However, if you don’t use enough you won’t be able to taste it at all. There’s a fine balance. If you use the right amount, it will taste pleasant and have sweet undertones. I used two teaspoons of culinary lavender in these cookies, but you can adjust the amount to your tastes. You can start out with one teaspoon, bake a small sample of dough and taste it, to customize the flavor.

Speaking of tasting, my grandmother always said, “taste as you go.” This is also helpful when making the honey buttercream. Typically, when making other flavors of buttercream, you add more powdered sugar if your buttercream is too thin. In this case, adding more powdered sugar can make the buttercream too sweet. Once you have added the amount of honey that tastes good to you, you can add a little cornstarch if you need to stiffen it up a bit.

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Lavender Shortbread Sandwich Cookies with Honey Buttercream
Tender lavender scented cookies with silky honey buttercream filling
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Lavender Shortbread Cookies
Honey Buttercream
Keyword cookies
Servings
Ingredients
Lavender Shortbread Cookies
Honey Buttercream
Instructions
Honey Buttercream
  1. In a medium bowl, beat butter and sugar together until smooth. Add honey, one tablespoon at a time until desired sweetness and consistency is reached.
  2. Mix in a pinch of salt to taste.
  3. Mix in cornstarch, if necessary, to firm up buttercream. *See notes below.
Recipe Notes

*The addition of cornstarch helps to firm up buttercream without adding additional sweetness.

To find culinary lavender, click here.

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Lavender White Chocolate Scones

Lavender white chocolate scone
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Now, let’s talk a little bit about lavender. I used one teaspoon of lavender in these scones, which I think is the perfect amount to give a hint of lavender, without tasting too floral. You can adjust the amount to your preference. Just taste the cream before adding it to the scones. You can use any culinary lavender in this recipe. English lavender is usually used for culinary purposes. Spanish and French varieties tend to be too strong. People are enchanted by lavender because of its beauty and soothing scent. A little touch of lavender makes these scones magical.


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  1. In a small saucepan, heat heavy cream and lavender over medium heat, just until bubbles form around the edges. Turn heat to low and simmer gently for 1 minute.
  2. Strain lavender cream into a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
  3. Heat oven to 375º. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. Work butter into the flour mixture with your fingers or with a pastry blender until pea size chunks form.
  6. Whisk together 1/2 cup of the chilled lavender cream with sour cream.
  7. Stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until a shaggy dough is formed. If your dough seems dry, add 1-2 more tablespoons of heavy cream.
  8. Fold in 1 cup of white chocolate chunks.
  9. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead briefly, by folding dough over onto itself a few times. Do not overwork dough.
  10. Pat or roll dough into an 8-inch round, about 3/4 inch thick. I used a ***2 3/4-inch heart biscuit cutter to cut out 9 scones.
  11. Place scones about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Brush scones with remaining cream. Sprinkle with sparkling sugar.
  12. Bake until golden, about 15-17 minutes
Recipe Notes

*To find culinary lavender click here

** To find the lavender sparkling sugar I used click here

***To find the heart shape biscuit cutter I used click here

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