August 3, 2011

Simple Lavender Shortbread {Powernap}

Lavender Shortbread This is the latest installment of my Powernap column. The series where I share quick, easy food that can be made for all kinds of situations. Powernaps are short and sweet, and so are these recipes. These are the things I make in a jiffy when I need a quick snack, am in the mood for a recipe experiment, or simply need to clean out the pantry.

When I visited my friend Katie two weeks ago I brought these cookies. It was just the two of us with three kids for the weekend and I knew lavender shortbread would be the perfect foil for the endless bowls of goldfish crackers and cheerios we would see throughout the most of each day. Of course, I let my daughter try a bite of the shortbread after she spotted them on the counter, but she wasn’t a huge fan of the floral flavor, preferring her bag of classic Tate’s cookies instead.

Lavender Shortbread 2

Katie's photo, taken with her iPhone...

Since the trip to Katie’s house wasn’t at all long I decided to make my shortbread dough during naptime and transport it, wrapped in plastic, to her house to bake fresh. I packed the ball of dough in a snack cooler full of ice packs so I had no worries about it going bad. In fact, it still needed to thaw before baking when I got to the house. Upon arrival I baked up the small batch, it only made on tray’s worth, and they had time to cool while we put the kids to sleep. Then we settled in with a glass of wine, grilled chicken and these cookies for dessert. The perfect adult finish to an easy, breezy summer day.


Simple Lavender Shortbread


 ½ cup granulated sugar
1 stick plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons culinary lavender flowers
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons self-rising flour


1. Preheat the oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner and set aside.

2. Cream the butter and sugar together in an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the egg and salt and mix again.

3. Use a spatula to stir the lavender flowers into the batter. Next, fold in the self-rising flour until just incorporated and no more flour is visible.

4. Place the dough onto the baking sheet in heaping tablespoons and bake for 15 minutes, or until lightly golden around the edges.


Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

These light cookies are delicious for dessert and are also great served with tea.

Naptime Stopwatch

10 minutes for the batter, 15 minutes for baking


Naptime Reviews

Katie and I loved these special treats at the end of a long day! The kids, not so much.