A Bridal Shower Tea Party: Lavender Shortbread Cookies

1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup (loosely-packed, or 4 ounces) powdered sugar, plus additional for dusting
1 tablespoon dried lavender blossoms
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups flour

In the bowl, cream the butter with the salt, powdered sugar and lavender until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla and beat until combined, about 10 seconds. Fold in the flour by hand, mixing lightly just until incorporated and being careful not to over-mix.

Remove the dough from the bowl. Roll out the dough between two pieces of wax paper until about 1/8 inch thick. Stamp out cookies with heart cookie cutter or other shape. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Heat the oven to 350ยบ. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until set (the cookies should not color). Remove from oven and sprinkle with superfine sugar while still hot. Cool the cookies (still on the pans) on a rack. Makes 3 dozen cookies.