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 Infused 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 their favorite flower. You'll find the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Traditional Shortbread Cookie Family Holiday Recipe

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Should the dough be hand-kneaded or can I use a mixer?

I prefer to mix the ingredients first with my Kitchen Aid Mixer and then knead by hand onto a floured board until the dough starts to crack. I have made this recipe without a mixer but it is much faster doing it this way.

The dough is cut in two and rolled into two round or rectangular logs (as pictured below).

Traditional Shortbread Cookie Dough

Where can I find lavender flower buds and sugar?

I found mine from a local company here in Canada and have included links in the recipe card below. Here is a link to an alternative lavender sugar. You want to make sure they are edible grade lavender.

Is the lavender flavor quite strong?

The lavender is quite potent so you may want to start with just 1 tablespoon and increase the amount in small increments. Less is definitely more, depending on your taste preference.

I've used lavender flowers and sugar when making handmade lavender-infused lollipops for my daughter's wedding. I may use my own lavender buds and make lavender sugar next year from my harvested plants next year. I share a post on How To Harvest And Dry Lavender.

Do these shortbread cookies freeze well?

I make these about a month ahead of time and freeze them in plastic-covered containers. I've been known to sneak one or two to dip in my coffee while they are still frozen.

This recipe yields 3 - 5 dozen cookies, depending on how big you roll them into logs. I usually end up running out before Christmas and have to bake another batch. 

Homemade Lavender Traditional Shortbread Cookies

As I baked these cookies I was flooded with memories of last Christmas and how much fun my Mom 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.

Here is a link to more holiday recipe ideas you may like.

Yield: 3-5 dozen

Lavender Traditional Shortbread Cookies

Lavender Traditional Shortbread Cookies

prep time: 15 M cook time: 12 M total time: 27 M
A traditional shortbread cookie recipe with an untraditional lavender 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 of flour
  • 1 - 2 tbsp Lavender Flower  (to your preference)
  • Lavender sugar


How to make Lavender Shortbread Cookies

  1. Butter should be softened.
  2. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the 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. Sprinkle 1 - 2 tbsp lavender into the flour mixture.
  6. Knead the dough to incorporate the flour until the consistency is just ready to crack.
  7. Divide dough into 2 equal portions.
  8. Shape each portion into long rectangular or round logs.
  9. Wrap each log with plastic wrap or waxed paper.
  10. Chill until easy to cut (approximately 30 minutes).
  11. Remove plastic wrap.
  12. Cut into 1/4 inch slices.
  13. Pour Lavender Vanilla Sugar into a bowl and dip the tops of the cookies.
  14. Arrange about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  15. Bake in 325°F oven for 12 to 14 minutes until edges are light golden brown.
  16. Let cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes before removing.
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May your hearth be warm, your cookies abundant, and your every wish granted.

Merry Christmas

Traditional Shortbread Cookies With A Lavender Twist

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