The Oven Double feature: Part 2

12 Aug

After have a food-gasum with the sweet and tangy ribs, I indulged in some Honey Lemon Lavender shortbread cookies in the after glow. Every great meal needs a sweet finish and these crunchy cookies are good after dinner with some vanilla ice cream, with your afternoon tea or really any time you want a sweet snack. These cookies are not the healthiest things to eat, but remember moderation is the key. We all deserve a good guilty treat every now and then. The brightness of the lemon and the floral sent of the lavender feels like a spring with it light and refreshing taste. 

Honey Lemon Lavender shortbread Cookie

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 Tbs grated lemon zest + 1 Tbs juice

2 tsp dried lavender

1 and 3/4 cup all-purpose unbleached flour (wheat flour substitute okay)

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 and 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1 egg yolk

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 Tbs Honey

In a food processor, pulse the sugar, lemon zest and lavender until the sugar

Add flour, baking powder and salt to the sugar mixture. Pulse to combine. Add butter cubes and pulse until the mixture resembles fine cornmeal.

Beat together the lemon juice, egg yolk, honey and vanilla. Add the juice mixture in a slow stream and continue processing until the dough forms a ball

Separate the dough into 3 even balls. Place a portion on a sheep of plastic wrap and roll each portion into 1-1/2 inches in diameter cylinders. I use a Japanese bamboo mad to help make even shaped cylinders. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Chill the dough until firm and cold, 45 minutes in the freezer for cutting.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line three baking sheets wax or parchment paper.

Remove the solid dough from the freezer and cut into 3/8 inch slices and place them 1 inch apart

Bake until  edges are golden brown, about 14-16 minutes. Let cookies completely cool on a wire rack before storing.


One Response to “The Oven Double feature: Part 2”


  1. The prologue to the oven double feature « Nerds With Food - August 12, 2011

    […] I am on a roll! So we have starch (potato), protein (ribs), and dessert (shortbread), but we do not have any vegetables yet.  A meal is not a meal unless it is balanced. Salads are […]

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