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Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Fresh, delicious lemon cookies with a lavender white chocolate ganache are the perfect cookies to go with tea and a perfect gift for holidays. With a soft, crumbly texture and a cute little heart they will win anyone over!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time22 mins
Chilling time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 7 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: European
Keyword: cookies, ganache, icing, lavender, lemon curd, shortbread, thumbprint
Servings: 26 cookies
Calories: 153kcal
Author: Dea Kepic



  • 225 g butter at room temperature
  • 125 g powdered sugar
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (half lemon)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 310 g flour
  • 1 tsp salt

White chocolate lavender ganache

  • 60 g double cream
  • 100 g white chocolate chopped
  • 3-5 tsp culinary lavender buds or 2-4 drops of lavender essential oil, depending on your taste
  • additional culinary lavender buds to decorate
  • adittional powdered sugar for dusting


White chocolate lavender ganache

  • Start by infusing the lavender into the cream if using lavender buds, and finish making the ganache after you baked cookies.
    Simmer the double cream with lavender, remove from heat and set aside to infuse. Contiune making the ganache after you make cookies, so the cream gets the time needed to take on the lavender flavor.
    If you are using lavender essential oil instead of lavender buds, refer to the notes.

Lemon shortbreat thumbprint cookies

  • Beat the butter, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla extract on medium-high speed for 2 minutes, or until pale and fluffy.
  • Add the flour and salt. Mix for a few seconds on low speed, just until combined.
  • Preheat the oven to 160°C (325 degrees F) and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Take a tablespoon worth of dough and roll it into a ball. You should get about 26 balls.
  • Put the balls into the freezer for 15 minutes to let them firm up and reduce the spreading.
  • Place the balls on the prepared baking tray at least 4 cm apart.
    Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, take them out of the oven, and press your heart stamp cookie cutter (check the notes) in the middle.
  • Place them back into the oven, and bake for additional 12-14 minutes, depending on the size and how soft you want them. Cookies should still be pale. When they come out of the oven, you could press them again with a heart stamp to get a better and deeper shape.
  • Let the cookies cool completely, meanwhile make the ganache.

White chocolate lavender ganache

  • Strain the lavender infused cream and discard the lavender.
  • Weigh the infused cream and add more double cream to get to 60 g again.
  • Heat the cream to simmer, and pour over the chopped white chocolate. Wait for 2 minutes, then stir until you get a shiny homogenous ganache.
  • Add a few blueberries, crush and stir them into the ganache to get a violet color.
  • When you get the desired color, press the ganache through a sieve to get rid of blueberry skins (optional).
  • Pour the ganache to a pastry bag fitted with a small round nozzle. Or use a zip-lock bag.

Lemon lavender cookies assemble

  • Dust the cookies with powdered sugar and then pipe the prepared ganache into the hearts.
  • Sprinkle some lavender buds over the cookies. This will add additional flavor and texture, and they look cuter.
  • Wait for the ganache to set and enjoy!


  • If using lavender essential oil instead of lavender buds:
    Simmer the double cream and pour it over the chopped white chocolate. Wait for 2 minutes and then stir until you get a homogeonou, shiny ganache.
    Mix in the essential oil drop by drop, tasting after each one. When you like the taste, mix in blueberries and set aside the ganache.
  • Cookie cutter stamp: for the heart stamp shape I used a small heart cookie cutter and covered it tightly with tin foil. If you don't have that, you can make a heart from a cardboard and use that.
  • If you don't have enough cream to add to the infused cream, you can use milk instead.
  • Cookies should be kept in an air-tight container.
  • They are best fresh, but keep for a week.
  • You can freeze the baked cookies or even unbaked cookie dough.
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