Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cat Cookies

Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cat Cookies

If you know me, you will know that I love cats.

Period. The end. My dream life is to be surrounded by tons of cats and kittens all day long.

Yes~ I am the self proclaimed “crazy cat lady” and proud of it!

Unfortunately I only have 2 cats since my little old man Winklebean would never allow my attention to be on anyone else but him, so in order to fulfill my need for cats~ I decided; “why not make CAT COOKIES!?”


This new recipe for Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies is the purrfect (haha get it? Purrfect!) way to satisfy both your cravings for cats and cookies!

But don’t be put off, if you have no interest in cats at all, have no fear!

Valek Rolling Pins is here!

They make rolling pins in every design you can think of!

I love these rolling pins so much~ they are really the coolest thing!

I debated to get my Gretchen’s Bakery logo imprinted on it~ but my love for cats outweighed that decision! Yes, crazy cat lady status for sure!

I think these rolling pins are such an amazing idea for a personalized gift for that person on your list that has everything!

We all know someone like that and if they like to bake, well then ~what better gift right!?

Be sure to check out the Etsy Store for Valek Rolling pins~ they come packaged so nicely too.

Ok enough about my gushing over the rolling pins, let me get to these cookies!

Omg if you have never used lavender in your baking, you are in for a treat!

Paired with lemon, these little tea cookies are so delicate, slightly crispy but tender at the same time.

Again, if you are not interested in the imprinting with the specialty rolling pin, that is no problem~ these cookies do nicely with a light sprinkling of granulated sugar just before baking and you have yourself a lovely tea time snack.

I of course went the extra mile with a light coating of violet fondant and a royal icing decor, but you can leave that off as well. (although I loved the taste with that little extra something!)

I think it really make those cats “pop” and I love the final look!

So if it is just a simple tea cookie you are after or a gift idea to “wow” that person on your list who already has everything~ This recipe is for you!

In the video you will see I am using my cube fondant as a light covering to get those cats to really stand out ~ but a very thinned out royal icing will work just as well.

  • Note about lavender~ be sure to get culinary grade lavender. Not lavender for decorations or potpourri, there is a difference!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies
I made 2¼" cookies and got about 15 total. You can easily double or triple this recipe if you need more.
All ingredients are to be at room temperature before beginning
Serves: 15- 2¼" cookies
  • All Purpose Flour 1½ cup (188g)
  • Baking Powder 1 teaspoon (5g)
  • Salt ¼ teaspoon
  • Unsalted Butter 8 Tablespoons (113g)
  • Granulated Sugar ½ cup (100g)
  • Ground dried lavender flowers 4 teaspoons
  • Egg White 1 large (30g)
  • Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoon (5ml)
  • Pure Lemon Extract 2 teaspoons (10ml)
  • Lemon Zest from 1 large lemon (approx 2 teaspoons)
  • Optional Decor:
  • ½ Recipe Royal Icing
  • Violet Gel Paste Color
  1. Using a spice or coffee grinder pulse the lavender flowers to a fine grind
  2. Cream the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy, about 4- 5 minutes.
  3. Add the ground lavender and lemon zest
  4. Combine the extracts with the egg white and add to the creaming butter/sugar mixture. Be sure to stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure an even mix
  5. Next sift together the flour, baking powder and salt and add it all at once to the creamed mixture. Mix just until it is all combined.
  6. Wrap this dough disc in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight before using or you can store it for up to 1 week wrapped in plastic wrap in the refrigerator, or in the freezer for 2 months.
  7. The dough will seem dry and crumbly when you take it out to roll it, this is normal. Simply break it up and knead it back together to a pliable rolling consistency.
  8. Roll out the dough to ½" thick with a regular rolling pin, then switch to the imprinted rolling pin and roll firmly to make the impression to ¼" or ⅛" thick
  9. Cut shapes and sizes as desired
  10. Transfer cookie cutouts to a parchment line sheet pan and bake in preheated to 350° F oven for approximately 15-20 minutes or until light golden brown.
  11. It is difficult to say how long exactly - as I do not know what shapes you are cutting or to what thickness you desire. Watch the color, and as they start to turn golden browned they are done!
  12. Mix the royal icing to a very thin consistency for icing the tops of the cookies enough to show the impressions, then thicken the remaining with more confectioners sugar and whip to a pipe-able consistency for the borders. I used the #21 Ateco tip found in the Gretchen's Bakery essentials cake decorating kit
  13. Add non pariels or sprinkles in desired
  14. Allow icing to dry overnight
Iced Cookies will last for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container at room temperature

If freezing cookies, I prefer to freeze the unbaked dough cutouts for up to 2 months wrapped well, then bake fresh when needed

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    1. I have never seen it at a grocery store. Whole Foods probably?? I got mine at a health food store, but it is easier to just order online (links in the blogpost)

  1. I cant wait to try them my work mates are always asking me for something new they are going to love these thanks gretchen and i also love cats dogs you name it i have a ginger Tom called Peto cute little guy and he is my little naughty boy lol! have a good weekend .

  2. Gretchen, first of all let me say thank you for all you do for all of us. I appreciate you very much. Now, the question. I am not a lavender fan. What do you suggest I substitute for the lavender? Thanks. By the way, love the cats.

  3. Love the rolling pins. I have five, the cats, robots and Dino’s. Be sure to find the one tiny mouse on the cat rolling pin, 🙂

  4. Thanks to my favorite YouTube baker I now have a feature story for my newsletter readers! I grow lavender for a living…unfortunately it’s not the culinary variety but I know where to find that! Thanks for a great recipe…may I use it and a link to your website in my newsletter?

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