Mom's Traditional Shortbread Cookies With A Lavender Twist

I finally started my holiday baking but everything I made didn't turn out except for these tried and true traditional shortbread cookies. The recipe has been in my Mother's family for many generations and I don't remember there ever being a Christmas where a plate of these was not served at family gatherings.

When Mom got sick and could no longer bake my aunt would bring her a tin every Christmas. If she couldn't, I did. This year I broke family tradition and wonder what Mom would think the shortbread cookies having a lavender twist.

Lavender Sugar Dipped Traditional Shortbread Cookies

Traditional Shortbread Cookies With A Lavender Twist

Mom loved the scent of lavender and so did her Mother. The week we held bedside vigil before Mom's passing her bedding was sprinkled with lavender oil. When you opened the door to her room you were greeted with the most lovely scent that was immediately calming.

And so to honor both my Mom, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother, I altered the old family shortbread recipe this year with a dusting of their favorite flower. You'll find the recipe at the bottom of this post.

Traditional Shortbread Cookie Family Holiday Recipe

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Tips for making the traditional shortbread cookies 

The ingredients are first mixed with my Kitchen Aid Mixer and then kneaded by hand onto a floured board until the dough starts to crack. The dough is cut in two and rolled into two round or rectangular logs (as pictured below).

Traditional Shortbread Cookie Dough

I found the sugar from a local company here in Canada and have included a link here to their lavender and vanilla sugar. An alternative would be this lavender sugar (affiliate link). The dusting of lavender adds such a lovely subtle flavor to the shortbread cookies that isn't over-powering.

I've used lavender sugar before when making handmade Lavender Infused Suckers for my daughter's wedding. I may make my own lavender sugar next year from my harvested plants. I shared a post here on How To Harvest And Dry Lavender.

Homemade Traditional Shortbread Cookies Lavender Dusting

As I baked these cookies I was flooded with memories of last Christmas and how much fun she had at what would be her last Christmas dinner with her family. Recently I turned the jacket she wore to that party into Embroidery Hoop Memorial Ornaments for my family.

Last year my gift to Mom was this handmade Alzheimer's Busy Blanket. I so wish I had made it for her several years ago when first diagnosed as it was a great way to keep her fidgeting hands busy.

May your hearth be warm, your cookies abundant, and your every wish granted.

Merry Christmas

Traditional Shortbread Cookies With Lavender Twist

Homemade Traditional Shortbread Cookies With Lavender

A traditional shortbread cookie recipe with an untraditional twist. This recipe has been in my Mom's family for generations.

  • 1 lb Butter Softened (do not use margarine)
  • 1 cup Icing Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 4 cups Flour
  • Lavender Sugar

  1. Butter should be softened.
  2. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to mixing bowl.
  3. Cream butter, icing sugar, and vanilla in a mixer.
  4. Add flour one cup at a time, mixing well until no dry flour remains.
  5. Knead the dough to incorporate the flour until consistency just ready to crack.
  6. Divide dough into 2 equal portions
  7. Shape each portion into long rectangular or round logs.
  8. Wrap each log with waxed paper.
  9. Freeze until easy to cut (approximately 30 minutes).
  10. Remove wax paper.
  11. Cut into 1/4 inch slices.
  12. Pour Lavender Vanilla Sugar into a bowl and dip the tops of the cookies.
  13. Arrange about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  14. Bake in 325°F oven for 12 to 14 minutes until edges are light golden brown.
  15. Let cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes before removing.

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