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How To Make Lavender Shortbread And Be So Fancy

Let's eat some flowers.

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Lavender shortbread is surprisingly easy to make. Plus, you get to feel real fancy. "Care for a lavender shortbread?" you ask. "What is this, 'Downton Abbey'?" reply all your friends just before their brains explode with fanciness.


2 sticks unsalted butter, softened to room-temperature

2 tablespoons dried lavender

1/2 cup sugar

2 cups flour

Purple food coloring (optional)

Special equipment

Food processor or blender

Cookie cutter or random cookie-shaped object

It all started with this insane-looking photo on Pinterest.

[Record scratch sound] These cookies are PURPLE. Does putting lavender in cookies really turn them purple?

Turns out, no. It's food coloring. But purple cookies still seem like a good idea.


First: Find lavender.

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This may be the trickiest part. I basically had to go to an alchemist dungeon* (see above) to find it. I went with dried lavender but fresh is also acceptable.

As I made my way to the alchemist's secret lair on a dark, rainy night, I asked myself "What are you doing? No one is going to care if these cookies taste like lavender." But I pressed on in the name of fanciness.

The aged alchemist stepped from the shadows. "Yes, I can give you this lavender you speak of but first you must promise me your first-born child or suffer a terrible curse." And I was like, fine, whatever, just give me the dried flowers.**

*Actually, a nice herb store called Flower Power in the East Village.

**This did not happen. I bough it from a nice lady using money.

Some grocery stores like Whole Foods and Fairway carry lavender.


5. Roll out dough on floured surface and cut some lil' shortbreads out.

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I used the top of a blender as a cookie cutter. That yielded about two dozen cookies. Feel free to use a real cookie cutter if you think you're better than this.

Roll dough to about 1/4 inch thickness, the thicker, the better.