Sweet Lavender Vanilla Shortbread Cookies


If you’ve been a reader of this blog, you will know that I have been a fan of lavender for quite a long time. It has become one of my favorite culinary herbs to create with. It’s (almost) savory flavor with just a pinch added to any baked good or meal is enough to make me melt!

I was browsing around The Spice House the other day getting ready to create a dish for THIS giveaway post and I came across Lavender Vanilla Sugar. What?! Sounded perfect for me so I ordered. But not before I ordered a few other unique spices to add to our repertoire. –> Vulcan Fire Salt, Chicago Old Town Premium Spiced Sugar to name a few.

The Spice House first opened its doors in 1957 and since that time, has flourished both as an online store as well as in its 5 locations throughout Chicago and Milwaukee. With over 600 products from 50 + different countries, you should be prepared to find spices, herbs, and extracts that you never knew existed. For someone that likes to change it up in the kitchen and create, this is a dream come true. Let’s just say, Alton Brown and Julia Childs have caught on and come to love this haven for both home cooks and heavy hitters around the county. You can check out Alton’s kind words as he featured owners Patty and Tom on his podcast, AltonBrowncast Episode 23. You know Alton Brown knows a good thing when he finds one! 

Patty and Tom scour the world for the best ingredients and spices. From large farm collaboratives in exotic countries to boutique farmers specializing in items not sommercially produced, like the vanilla they purchase. They have a connection with a friend’s mother who happens to own a vanilla plantation in Tahiti, where only a limited amount of beans are produced and they’re very…very expensive. The Spice House receives 20 pound per month. The reason vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world? It can take up to 8 years to harvest one vanilla bean start to finish!

Many of the spices come in glass jars, but you can also order them in plastic bags. Their pricing is absolutely phenomenal. The gift boxes are both gorgeous and well thought out. You may just fall in love with them!

So back to that Lavender Vanilla Sugar that I bought. You would think, gosh, what is it flavored with. BUT the thing that sets it apart from so many other places is the fact that it is a blend. Yes, real vanilla bean, real lavender and real, pure sugar. Quality. And you can tell.


I took a simple cookie, a shortbread cookie and spruced it up with my new find and it turned out better than I could have ever expected. Why reinvent the wheel when you have others like Abby Dodge in the baking world that creates shortbread cookies to crumble over? I took this recipe for Vanilla Shortbread Cookies by Abby Dodge and made it my own.

Additions to the recipe 

Add 1 tsp of fresh, pure culinary lavender.
Add 1 tsp of Lavender Vanilla Sugar from The Spice House
**Fold these two ingredients in after mixing batter together.

Lavender Vanilla Sugar Buttercream Icing 

1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 TBSP whole milk
1 TBSP softened butter
1 tsp Lavender Vanilla Sugar
Sprinkle of culinary lavender

Mix together confectioner’s sugar, milk, and butter. After cookies have cooled, ice cookies. Sprinkle on Lavender Vanilla Sugar and a touch of culinary lavender (if desired).


2 Incredibly lucky readers will win a delicious prize!!


1st Prize – $250.00 in spices, which includes Grill & BBQ Deluxe Gift Box Set, Bakers Spices Gift Box Set, Vanilla Bean Sugar, Chicago Old Town Premium Sugar, Vulcan’s Fire Salt, Chai Spices with Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Dutched Cocoa Powder, Aleppo Pepper, AND a $100.00 gift card to The Spice House to find your favorites not on this list or try some new ones!

2nd Prize – The Signature Selection Gift Box Set, Chicago Old Town Premium Sugar, Fancy Onion Salt, Fancy Garlic Salt, Vanilla Bean Sugar, Tellicherry Black Peppercorns and a $50.00 gift card to The Spice House to find your favorites not on this list or try some new ones!
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Make sure to check out all of the other wonderful posts of recipes using spices from The Spice House too!

Lime Water Ice by Souffle Bombay
Grilled Steaks with Thyme Mushrooms by Girl Carnivore
Dark Chocolate, Sunflower Seed & Grey Sea Salt Cookies by Little Kitchie
Cinnamon Ice Cream with Dulce de Leche Swirl by Mind over Batter
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Quesadillas with Vulcan Fire Salt Guacamole by Giggles, Gobbles & Gulps
Low-Carb Chicken Gyros with Tangy Tatziki Sauce by Opera Singer in the Kitchen
Chocolate Cherry Hand Pies by Real: The Kitchen and Beyond
Pear Lavender Lemon Drop Martini by Kelly Bakes
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza by We’re Parents!?
Homemade Italian Balsamic Vinaigrette with Heirloom Tomato Salad by Courtney’s Sweets
Iced Lavender Shortbread Cookies by The Vintage Mom
Old Fashioned Blueberry Coffee Cake by It’s a Keeper

**Disclosure: I was given a gift card to order spices as compensation for this post. My love for lavender and now Lavender Vanilla Sugar as well as all other thoughts and opinions are my own! 

About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. These look really good Lauryn. Lavender is on your list of herbs to grow in your new home, right? It’s so beautiful. I wish it didn’t make me sneeze because I would have it everywhere.
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  2. Is it bad that my go to spices is garlic salt??
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  3. Beautiful!! What a great gift these decadent cookies would make! I LOVE the Spice Houses Lavender Sugar!!
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  4. What a great recipe – I need to try this as I am fairly certain the boys will love it! I’m not sure what spice is my favorite, but I know I use nutmeg quiet often!
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  5. I was real torn and almost bought the sugar the other day. These looks so beautiful and perfect for afternoon tea
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  6. I am trying to cook with lavender…but I haven’t managed to get any to actually GROW yet.
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    • There are a few great PYO lavender farms that will certainly have some! I grew a bunch at our old house, now I am going to have to get right on it when we get into our new one! Keep trying. It is totally worth it!

  7. I love vanilla extract and my favorite spice is basil!
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  8. Charlotte says:

    I think my favorite spice might be cinnamon… it’s so difficult to pick just one spice, though! I frequently use cumin, garlic and cinnamon on roasted cauliflower. It is one of my favorite lunches!

  9. I love this recipe! I think paprika or cinnamon, really I love all spices depending on the recipe.
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  10. those look so good! I haven’t tried lavendar in food, but love the fragrance. The spice House looks interesting and I’ll visit them as soon as I’m done typing here!
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    • Thanks Alison! I love the way that just a touch of lavender in food makes for such an amazing taste. It really plays with the senses! Can’t wait to hear what you think of The Spice House!

  11. I love Abby’s shortbread recipe… you’ve made it even better with the addition of lavender and that lovely icing! Brava!

  12. These look divine! I think I need some and now need lavender!

  13. Melissa Manley says:

    Those bars look amazing…and I would love to add those spices to my collection :)

  14. I really need to make these! I think that every time I see the picture of the shortbread.
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  15. These look amazing Lauryn. So simple to add a bit of lavender to give them a whole new flavor!
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  16. Lavender Vanilla Sugar – sounds AWESOME!
    I love to your spices in cooking!
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  17. This recipe reminds me of afternoon tea at my grandmother’s house. So delicious 😉
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  18. These cookies look fabulous, Lauryn! I love the idea of a lavender vanilla icing. I bet the lavender vanilla sugar is amazing. I got to sample some of the Spice House products at Eat Write Retreat, and we’re loving the Vulcan Fire Salt. Great stuff!
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  19. I’ve never cooked with lavender but those so yummy! I usually just use a Spinach herb mix when I cook.
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  20. It’s hard to pick just one favorite spice. Hmmm…. I’d say cinnamon is one of my favorites. I just love it, taste, scent, and all. Had never heard of The Spice House before. Very cool giveaway!
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  21. Just pinned this. Yum! I rarely use spices. How do I know this? I just threw away tons that were expired – like expired four year ago. (Whoops) But I did just discover Garlic Salt! Love it!

  22. I love the idea of lavender in a cookie! And someone once gave me a gift box from The Spice House – so wonderful!
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  23. Lavender for anything other than soap? I’m going to need convincing on that one.
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  24. you would love my stepmother’s lavendar honey she is currently brewing!
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  25. Lavender in cookies? Who knew? You are teaching me a thing or two this fall! I guess I’d try them!! 😉
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