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Lavender-Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Buttery and melt-in-your-mouth, Lavender-Pecan Shortbread Cookies are infused with lavender flavor, studded with chopped pecans and topped with a sweet glaze. Perfect for a tea party or an afternoon cuppa!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
chill time, minimum 4 hours4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, lavender buds, pecans, shortbread, tea time
Servings: 24 servings


Cookie Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried culinary lavender buds finely minced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans

Confectioners’ Sugar Glaze

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons milk or half-and-half
  • Dried culinary lavender buds


To make cookies:

  • In large bowl, beat softened butter, granulated and confectioners’ sugar with mixer at high speed until light and creamy. Beat in vanilla extract.
  • In medium bowl, whisk flour, salt, finely chopped lavender buds and chopped pecans to combine. Add flour mixture into butter mixture, beating until mixture forms a dough.
  • Divide dough into 2 portions, placing onto pieces of plastic wrap, rolling into logs and wrapping securely. Refrigerate dough for 4 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut logs into 1/4-inch thick slices and place on prepared baking sheets. Bake until edges are very pale and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes on baking sheet then transfer cookies to cool on wire rack. When cookies are cool, apply confectioners’ sugar glaze and garnish with lavender buds.

To make Confectioners’ Sugar Glaze:

  • In small bowl whisk sugar and milk together, adding 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until reaching desired consistency and glaze is smooth and creamy. Pour or spoon over cooled cookies. Sprinkle glazed cookie with dried lavender buds. Allow glaze to harden and set, about 30 minutes before storing cookies in airtight container.


  • If you’ve never used lavender buds in baking, a little goes a long way,but it lends a wonderful floral note.
  • Make sure you use culinary dried lavender buds for a lavender flavor that’s not bitter or medicinal.
  • Finely mince lavender buds with a knife to release the essential oils and evenly distribute the lavender flavor throughout the dough. Alternatively you can grind your lavender buds in a spice grinder (coffee grinder dedicated to spices).