Sandwich Cookie Bakery & Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Before I tell you about these wonderful little gems, let me digress.  I have this little dream of opening a bakery.  It’s a fantasy really, because in reality I know I will most likely not ever do it.  The realism side in me shines brightly during these visions of grandeur.  I see the long hours, the upfront costs and the early morning hours.  So, someone else with the will can go ahead of me and follow their dream.  However, if I did open a shop that I truly believe would succeed, it would be a Sandwich Cookie Bakery Shop. Cupcakes are so seven years ago, but cookies in sandwich form are going to be popping up.  I’m convinced of it.  If you stroll around the blogosphere, it’s all about the “whoopie pie,” which people loosely tie with what I deem as the coveted Sandwich Cookie.

If you’re in the mood for a cupcake without the all too often top heavy frosting, then make some of these sandwich cookies I’ve made over the past year.

Rhubarb Sandwich Cookies with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Homemade Graham Cracker Sandwiches

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Lemon Cookies with Coconut & Lemon Filling

Make Your Own Oreos

My Little Debbie Oatmeal Pies

Tomorrow is my birthday and I thought providing another cookie recipe would be a fantastic addition to your day, especially since I haven’t added any new recipes lately.  I baked for a woman’s tea this past week through Ben’s financial company, which was a nice break from motherhood and a time to have people ‘ooo’ & ‘aww’ over my food (so easy to win me over).  And since it was an afternoon tea, I knew a butter shortbread cookie would be great; but, a Lemon Lavender Butter Cookie would be perfect.  So now to the recipe.

Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookie (printable recipe)

This recipe has also been used to make the Orange Cardamom Cookies & Bursting with Delight Lime Cookies .  Both of those had an icing on top and these Lemon Lavender Cookies would be perfect with a honey glaze.


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons culinary lavender
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Make dough:
Whisk together flour, lemon zest, lavender, and salt.

Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, then beat in yolk and cream. At low speed, mix in flour mixture in 3 batches just until a dough forms. Put the dough on parchment paper.

Mound the dough together and roll into a log. Once you get a basic log shape, position the dough in the middle of the parchment. Then, take the parchment that’s north of the dough and cover it over the dough. Take a bench scraper and push the edge of it at the base of the parchment covered dough, trying to make a concentric log. Roll the log so the parchment covers the whole thing and twist the edges. Refrigerate for 3 hours to overnight.

Cut and bake cookies:
Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle.

Remove firm dough. Unroll the parchment so the dough is still sitting on top of the paper. Place on a cutting board. Cut the dough into 1/8 inch. Transfer cookies to a parchment-lined large baking sheet, arranging them 1 inch apart.

Bake until edges are golden-brown, 12-15 minutes. Cool on baking sheet 5 minutes, then slide cookies, still on parchment, onto a rack to cool completely.


About Kamille

daughter of the most high.wife.mother. sister.daughter.aunt.friend.baker. culinary seeker.singer.storyteller. hospitality giver.foodie View all posts by Kamille

10 responses to “Sandwich Cookie Bakery & Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies

  • The Leftoverist

    Happy Birthday, Kamille! I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow.

    Have you REALLY made all these cookies this year?! My goodness. Amazing. xoxo

    • Kamille

      Thanks Sarah! Ben is taking the day off tomorrow, which is a present in itself. And yes, I have really made all these cookies. I thought of your love of lemon coconut for the Lemon cookies.

  • Kamille

    Thanks Sarah! Ben is taking the day off tomorrow, which is a present in itself. And yes–I made all these this year:)

  • Homebake Queen

    Wow, Kamille – those look amazing! Good luck with your bakery dream… I have had similar daydreams too. Wouldn’t it be great to spend all day doing what you love?!

    • Kamille

      Thanks Jessica! I’m glad you stopped by. It would be fun to do what I love all day. Fortunately, I get to spend my days with my two little ones; but, working at a bakery on certain days does sound like more of a break for sure:)

  • Tim and Lindsey

    Happy Birthday!!!

    I agree, sandwich cookies are waaaaay better than cupcakes. Just for the record, I am a morning person, my favorite desserts to bake are always in cookie-form and I would be a great bakery employee. Just sayin’….

    • Kamille

      I’m glad you agree. And I’m glad I know at least one future employee. Didn’t I already offer you a job way back working with kids. This will be better though–it will be a break from what we didn’t realize then as a now constant reality.

  • Patricia

    Thanks for sharing such yummy recipes with us. I have just set up a blog on all things lavender, so I am hoping to try out some lavender recipes and share them with my readers.
    Have a great day.
    Patricia Perth Australia
    all things lavender

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