Oh, Shortbread!

You know what makes me happy? Having little lunches of leftovers portioned out and ready to go in my freezer.

You know what might make me even happier? Having little half-batches of cookie dough ready to go in my freezer!

Earlier this week, I threw together (I can do that now that I have a KitchenAid!) some shortbread, froze half of the dough, and baked the other half.

YUM!

This shortbread is subtle. It’s not overly buttery or sweet, and even the whole buds of lavender don’t pack a big punch. I can’t say I like it quite as much as the Salted Browned Butter Shortbread Cookies I made once, but it fits a mood…

A girly, calm, delicate kind of mood…which, suffice to say, is not very often!

Lavender-Vanilla Shortbread Cookies from Bakingdom

These cookies are easy, fast, and still seem kind of fancy (what doesn’t seem fancy when it has lavender in it)? I omitted Bakingdom’s suggestion to cut holes in the dough so the cookies can hang off the spoon (see the link to the blog above). It’s a super cute idea, but I am far too clumsy to make that work!

1 cup unsalted butter, softened by still cool

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 1/4 cups flour

2 tbsp dried lavender flowers

1/2 tsp salt

Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat until combined. Add vanilla and combine.

In another bowl, combine flour, lavender flowers, and salt. Add flour mixture into sugar/butter mixture in batches and beat until combined.

Flour hands and scrape down onto a piece of saran wrap (if you plan to freeze half of the dough, you should do that now!). Shape the dough into a log about 10″ (or 5″ for half batches!) long. Wrap the dough in the plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour in the fridge.
Preheat oven to 300F. Remove plastic wrap and cut dough in 1/2″ thick slices. Dip one side of each slice into a plate of extra sugar, and place on baking sheet sugared side up (leave 2″ between cookies). Bake 17-20 minutes, or until the bottom edges start to turn golden brown. Cool.

Makes 24-26 cookies. For all you Weight Watchers out there… 3 PointsPLUS per cookie.

 

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  1. What It Is says:

    […] blame them for what happened when I got home… defrosting a frozen half-batch of biscotti dough, baking it, and promptly eating the whole dang thing in the next day and a […]

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