Honey Lavender and Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

Honey Lavender and Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

Lavender? Rosemary? Honey? Wow, let me just tell you that these cookies are full of flavor. These, melt in your mouth, shortbread cookies are addicting. I never knew I would love them so much! Seriously, these cookies will continue to delight you, even as you find yourself eating the entire batch by yourself. I’m not admitting to anything other than the fact that I may have had to force myself to hand them out to my classmates so I would have not eaten them all.

Honey Lavender and Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

Have you ever baked cookies with fresh herbs? I’ll admit, I was really nervous making these cookies. I had no idea what to expect. I absolutely love fresh herbs, but was a little skeptical at first with the idea of baking with herbs.

Honey Lavender and Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

I went into World Market and stumbled upon these lavender petals and thought, “What the heck why not?” I bought the lavender having no idea what to make. So, when I came home, I looked in my refrigerator and saw some rosemary.

Honey Lavender and Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

Hmm, rosemary? Why not? Butter? Okay! Honey? Sure! And it just all came together.

I seriously had no idea what I was doing. NO IDEA!

After all, my hubby is gone on a business trip and I don’t have anyone to disappoint, right?

If these came out tasting horrible, I could just dump them in the trash without anyone knowing.

Well, I mixed everything together, tasted the dough… Wow, I did not know how well the rosemary compliments the lavender.

Honey Lavender and Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

So, I went on to bake them. Ate a fresh one out of the oven. Seriously? EVEN BETTER! Before I knew it I ate 7 cookies in just one sitting with two cups of tea. I was hooked!

I’m serious, I couldn’t stop. I may need a cookie intervention after this.

Honey Lavender and Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

These cookies taste moderately soft, fragrant, and buttery, with a fabulous and luxurious flavor!  You will definitely impress your guests with these charming shortbread cookies.

Bon Appétit

Honey Lavender and Rosemary Shortbread Cookies


Preheat oven: 350 ºF
Yields: 30 cookies


3/4 teaspoon rosemary, chopped
3/4 teaspoon lavender, chopped
2 heaping tablespoons honey
1 ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 ¼ cups unsalted “sweet cream” butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar, plus more for garnish
2 egg yolks
2 2/3 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon baking powder


Combine the sugar, honey and butter. Mix them together really well. Add the lavender, rosemary, egg yolks and vanilla. Mix everything together again-making sure it’s all combined.

Add the sifted flour, salt and baking powder to the wet ingredients. Stir everything together until it’s all combined. You do not want to over-stir. The dough will be sticky and a little wet.

Dump the dough onto a piece of parchment paper or cling wrap. Form the dough into a log about 1 ½ inches in diameter. Freeze for about a half hour.

Remove dough from the freezer, slice 1/2 inch thick, place on baking sheet lined with parchment, sprinkle sugar and bake at 350 ºF for 9 minutes or when the sides start to turn a golden but not brown.

Place the cookies on a cooling rack for a few minutes.


You can also roll dough out on a floured surface and cut with cookie cutters for perfect round cookies.


12 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog! Yours is so lovely, and this recipe looks amazing.My favorite bakery where I live sells lavender cookies—one of my favorite indulgences. I’ll have to try your recipe!

    1. juliewold says:

      Thank you! These cookies were amazing, I was really surprised to find out how well the lavender pairs with the rosemary. Let me know what you think 🙂

  2. Violet says:

    Sounds & looks delish! Last night I had a yummy lavender cupcake at the Vegetarian Food Festival and now I see your cookies are also made with lavender. Hmm..I think I’m gonna have to try your recipe sometime soon! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. juliewold says:

      Thank you! I’m kind of on a lavender kick right now, I’m thinking of all the different ways I can incorporate lavender. If you make them, let me know how they come out! Bon Appétit!

  3. Jan Heinen says:

    Can’t wait to try these Jules! Where do i find the lavender? Can I take some off my lavender plants in my backyard and if so, which parts do I use?

    1. juliewold says:

      You can find lavender at any sort of “gourmet” grocery store. I got mine at world market. But you can use the lavender from your garden, just double the amount of lavender buds since the aroma of the flower is weaker when fresh (I know weird right?). Or you can dry the lavender yourself by letting the flower buds sit out in the sun for 2 days. Let me know how they turn out!

  4. ardysez says:

    These sound delicious, have just printed the recipe to try! Thank you!

    1. juliewold says:

      Let me know how they come out! Be careful though, these cookies are addicting!

  5. tworedbowls says:

    Rosemary lavender shortbread cookies have been on my to-make list for months! I only made almond rosemary ones the other day because I couldn’t find any lavender and had about given up — your lovely cookies are renewing my mission though 🙂 Glad I found yours!

  6. regnog says:

    These cookies look awesome!

  7. tanguerabeth says:

    Oh! I will definitely try these! I’m glad the weekend is nearly here! Get ready, kitchen.

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