Lavender Milk with Vanilla Shortbread Biscuits

Rose, Lavender and Vanilla

I am a creature who likes her comforts. A fire to warm my toes by; a soft wool throw to wrap myself in; a hot bath to sink my body into. But my greatest comfort of all is my bed. With a squashy duvet, puffy feather pillows, a bedspread and cushions this is my haven and when I sink into it I cocoon myself. And at the end of the day this sleep-inducing drink promises to bring peace and sweet dreams.

Lavender Milk

a mug full of milk
ยผ tsp dried lavender buds
sugar, to taste

Pour the milk into a small pan and add the lavender. Slowly heat it through and then sieve it into a mug, discarding the lavender. Stir in sugar, to taste. Serve warm.

Lavender Milk and Vanilla Shortbread on Plate

Milk and biscuits, or cookies, is one of those ultimate pairings and for nursery comfort vanilla shortbread is wonderful with the lavender milk. The perfect bedtime story. Goodnight, my lovelies, sleep tight.

Vanilla Shortbread Biscuits

Makes approximately 16 biscuits

115g butter, at room temperature
55g vanilla caster sugar
150g plain flour, plus some for dusting
sugar, for dusting

Beat the butter and sugar together and then beat in the flour. Now bring the mixture together with your hands until you have a smooth dough.

Flour a work surface and turn the dough out onto it. Carefully roll it out until itโ€™s about 1cm thick and then cut it into circles using a biscuit cutter.

Preheat the oven to 150c/fan 130c.

Lay the biscuits onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment and back for 20-30 minutes until just set. They will continue to set as they cool.

Turn the biscuits out onto a wire rack and dust them with a little sugar before leaving them to cool.

Lavender Milk and Vanilla Biscuits on Plate



  1. January 11, 2012 / 7:34 am

    Goodmorning from Greece.I really like your blog. I loved “Lavender milk” and the way you described yourself. It might as well be me you are talking about. Congradulations on your true passion!
    May I suggest a Mediterranean approach? Replace lavender with a cinnamon stick. I think you love it, too. Keep up the good work.

  2. January 11, 2012 / 5:08 pm

    I wouldn’t have thought of adding the lavender, but I can imagine how good it would be. Milk with a hint of parma violets. Comforting indeed and the shortbread is just an added bonus ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. January 12, 2012 / 7:06 pm

    I very much like the idea of having lavender milk with vanilla shortbread. It’s great to see how easy you can make lovely lavender milk. Your photos are beautiful.

  4. January 12, 2012 / 7:34 pm

    This whole milk and biscuits thing seems so popular but goes way over my head. I never had any combination like that :-/

    Sounds delicious though!

  5. Hot Pink Manolos
    January 13, 2012 / 9:26 am

    This sound so delicious and relaxing! And your photos made me think of a grown up version of all the tea parties we had as little girls!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Lovely

  6. January 24, 2012 / 4:01 pm

    Congratulations on the publication of you cookbook! I just caught up and must say that you post a first class blog. Fabulous recipes and perfect photos.

  7. January 30, 2012 / 2:45 pm

    Ohh these doo look lovely. I can’t wait to try them. I love anything infused with lavender! I can’t wait to try them.

  8. Teti Konstantinidou
    March 3, 2012 / 5:59 pm

    A splendid idea for cold winter evenings. Thank you for sharing it.

  9. May 6, 2012 / 5:30 pm

    Sounds lovely. I always wanted to use my lavender foodwise.

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