Lavender and Vanilla Shortbread

With Valentine’s Day upon us it’s time to bake appropriate romantic themed goodies.

We’ve got a fabulous lavender farm and shop nearby and I have been thinking of using lavender as a flavour for quite a while. Since lavender has such a potent aroma and  flavour a little goes a long way, and it is nicely reined in by the sweet perfumed scent of fresh vanilla. The end result is a rather sophisticated, elegant cookie.

Note: normal dried lavender is fine to use as long as it hasn’t been sprayed with any pesticides or chemicals – be sure to ask your supplier.

Lavender and Vanilla Shortbread (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)


makes about 12 large cookies, or 20 small

  • 225g plain flour
  • 75g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp dried lavender
  • 150g dairy-free margarine (I used Pure sunflower)
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out
  • 50g granulated sugar, to sprinkle

– Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade

– Line a baking sheet with parchment

– In a food processor briefly whizz together the sugar, vanilla seeds and lavender.

– Sift the flour into a bowl and stir in the sugar and vanilla

– Add the dairy-free spread and rub in with fingers. Once it starts to combine, bring together to form a soft dough.

– On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1cm thickness.

– Cut into even sized shapes – rectangles look rather elegant

– Place on the lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Then turn the baking sheet round and bake for another 10 minutes.

– Once the shortbread is golden brown remove from oven. Leaving it on the baking sheet, dust with the granulated sugar. Cool on the baking sheet.


14 Comments Add yours

  1. I love love love lavender, thanks for the recipe. xxx

    1. lucylox says:

      Lavender is surprisingly delicious in food. Must think of some other uses 🙂

      1. lucylox says:

        Mmm, now that’s a plan! I’m excited at the thought of it 🙂

      2. Oh, I think I have a recipe for Lavender icecream? I will have a look and let you know.xx

      3. lucylox says:

        Thank you! 🙂

  2. These look gorgeous! love your blog 🙂

    1. lucylox says:

      Thanks so much 🙂

  3. Dr Nancy P says:

    Wow! Love the sound of these 🙂

  4. myninjanaan says:

    these look wonderful! I’ve never worked with lavender and it sounds amazing to infuse lavender with vanilla!

    1. lucylox says:

      It was my first time using lavender, and as long as you go easy (it’s a robust flavour!) it gives a beautiful flavour, especially combined with the vanilla 🙂

    1. lucylox says:

      Thank you! I hope there are some left for valentine’s day 😉

  5. Starr says:

    Wow! These cookie sound so fancy and delucious!… I can’t recall ever sampling anything that included lavender. That really must be rectified 🙂

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