LEMON LAVENDER SHORTBREAD

Here is the 3rd installment of the four shortbread recipes that I am posting on Food Tastes Yummy, courtesy of Gay Lea Butter. Gay Lea describes this yummy lemon lavender shortbread cookie as: "A tender, citrus infused shortbread cookie topped with lavender for a unique flavour and crunch. These cookies are especially great when served with orange pekoe or earl grey tea."

Makes 48 Cookies

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Baking time: 12-15 minutes per batch

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cup unsalted Gay Lea Butter, softened*
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar, sifted
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted (approx.)
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch, sifted
  • 1-1/2 tsp finely grated lemon zest (about half a lemon)
  • 1/4 cup coarse sugar
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped dried lavender
  • 1 egg white, beaten

Instructions:

In a large bowl, beat the butter with the sugar using an electric mixer, for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cornstarch and lemon zest. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture; stir until just combined. Form dough into a 1-1/2-inch (4 cm) thick disc; wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until firm.

Preheat the oven to 325 F. Roll dough out, on a lightly floured surface, to be 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick. Cut dough with a 2-inch (5 cm) cookie cutter of any shape. Re-roll scraps and cut additional cookies until all the dough is used. Place cutouts on parchment-lined baking sheets; refrigerate for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine coarse sugar with lavender. Lightly brush cookies with egg white and sprinkle with sugar mixture. Lightly press the tops to ensure the lavender sticks to the dough.

Bake cookies, in batches, for 12 to 15 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned around the edges. Cool cookies on baking sheet for 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

*Disclaimer: the recommendation to use the Gay Lea Butter product is strictly from the Gay Lea company. Food Tastes Yummy does not fully endorse products.

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