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Essential Oil Lemon & Lavender Shortbread Cookies

I’ve been using essential oils every day for the last few months but have been dabbling in essential oils for awhile now.  We mostly have used essential oils to help our immune system, headaches, aches and pains and to help relieve some of our common cold symptoms. I also love making lotions and clean products too. Pretty much anything you can think of can be made at home by adding essential oils.

Recently I’ve been baking with my oils.  I find that it’s so easy to create amazing flavorful and nutritious treats using essential oils!  Here are some tips that I’ve learned throughout my journey as it pertains to BAKING, not COOKING.

YL Lemon and Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Essential Oil Baking Tips

1. Keep essential oils in a dark glass, away from heat and light and where the conditions are not hot or humid.

2. Make sure you purchase therapeutic grade essential oils.  Not all oils can be used in baking and/or should be ingested.  This is very important – not all oils are therapeutic grade oils so make sure you do your research and use only oils that are appropriate for baking.

3. Use a glass or ceramic bowl when mixing your ingredients that contain essential oils.  If you use plastic, the essential oil will seep into the plastic and ruin it. This also pertains to when drinking water using essential oils, always use glass.

4. Essential Oils might seem expensive at first but they have a much longer shelf-life than dried herbs.

5. A little goes along way.  Add one drop, stir and taste.  Repeat until you’ve reached your desired result.

There are many but here are some of my favorite oils that I think work well for baking.










Here is recipe that I love. I find it perfect for brunch, afternoon tea or snack for the kids. My boys love these cookies which are easy to freeze and take out when needed. I would also use these cookies as part of a teacher gift matching it up with an organic tea and tea cup set.

4.5 from 2 reviews
Essential Oil Lemon & Lavender Shortbread Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 24
A easy and healthy way to flavor baked goods is by using essential oils. These Lemon & Lavender Essential Oil Cookies are perfect for afternoon tea, cookie swap or holiday gift.
  • 1 cup butter - Room Temperature
  • ⅔ cup organic confectioners sugar
  • Zest of 2 lemons - divided
  • 7 drops lemon essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tablespoons raw sugar
  1. Combine confectioners sugar, butter, vanilla, salt, zest of one lemon and essential oils until blended well
  2. Add flour and combine until dough comes together
  3. Form into a disc and wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm - about 30 minutes
  4. Preheat oven to 350
  5. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
  6. In a small bowl combine zest of second lemon and raw sugar
  7. Roll out dough to ¼ inch thick then sprinkle with lemon zest mixture
  8. Cut into squares or circles then transfer to baking sheet
  9. Bake 10-12 minutes until cookies are set. Let cool then serve.

Here are some other ways you can use essential oils for holiday gifts. Wouldn’t it be fun to include a few of these in one basket and give it as a holiday gift? I know I’d love it.

Essential Oil Bath Salt Samplers – DIY Show Off

Peppermint Body Scrub – Eat. Sleep Be

Holiday Body Scrub – My Scraps

Peppermint Bark – Mama Teaches

Soaking Bath Salts & Body Spray – The Lunar Fae

Peppermint Bath Bombs – Making Lemonade

YL December Promotion

As you know I am a huge fan of Young Living Essential Oils. For the month of December, if you choose to become a Wholesale member and purchase a Premium Starter Kit you will receive 2 amazing books to help you get started using all those wonderful oils. As a bonus if you sign up by December 25th you will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card. When joining as a Wholesale Member you will receive 24% off all products and have access to many other benefits that retail customers do not. It is seriously so worth every penny.

All the recipes above use oils from the PSK which will make it super easy when making all your homemade gifts this season. Just head over to the Young Living Sign Up page and get started using member#2135813. Here is a little tip – upgrade your shipping so you get your oils in time for the holidays.

If you are looking for more Essential Oil inspiration check out my other essential oil creations and head over to my Essential Oil Pinterest board.

Happy DIY Holidays!


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12 Responses to Essential Oil Lemon & Lavender Shortbread Cookies

  1. Heather December 1, 2014 at 7:56 am #

    These look awesome. Stumbled them!

  2. carrie December 1, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    Are all young living oils food grade? I gotta try these!

    • Trina December 1, 2014 at 9:14 am #

      YES!! YL is 100% Pure therapeutic grade oils which is even higher than food grade. No foreign substances allowed, and made from organically grown plants. Steam Distilled at correct temperature and pressure.

      • Blush August 18, 2017 at 11:20 pm #

        No! Not all YL, or for that matter any other brand of essential oils on the market, are all food grade. However, yes, all Young Living essential oils are therapeutic grade but that does NOT mean they can all be ingested. Please be careful of how you reply to questions. READ them well before answering to make sure you give accurate information. Please visit Young Livings website for more information. Thank you.

  3. Rachel @ day2dayjoys December 1, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    How neat! I love lemon flavored desserts! I haven’t really tried cooking with any EO’s yet but may have to try these soon!

  4. Sarah Hughes December 1, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    I had no idea you could add them to food!!

  5. Jo-Lynne Shane December 1, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    Those look delicious!

  6. Brandi December 1, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    I LOVE lemon cookies and these sound amazing!

  7. Sarah @Thank You Honey December 1, 2014 at 6:22 pm #

    Those look amazing! I love anything lemon! Can’t wait to make these.

  8. Marci December 1, 2014 at 8:26 pm #

    Lavender and lemon is one of my favorite combinations, great recipe!

  9. Gina B December 2, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    I had no idea you could cook with essential oils! What a great recipe, sounds yummy.

  10. Rebecca December 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    Can’t wait to try – pinning this immediately!

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