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Honey Lavender Shortbread Cookies, An Alternative to Rosh Hashanah Honey Cake

Photograph by Lucy Baker

Way back in June at the New Amsterdam Market in Manhattan's South Street Seaport, I ate the best shortbread cookie I've ever had this side of the Atlantic: perfectly buttery, crumbly, and a little bit salty, it was studded with dried lavender and sweetened with fragrant honey. I fell in love at first bite, and knew I absolutely had to have the recipe.

After some investigating, I figured out that it came from the Milk & Cookies Bakery in the West Village. I emailed the pastry chef and owner Tina Casaceli, who was incredibly gracious and happy to share the recipe.

The formula is surprisingly simple. How could such an easy combination of basic ingredients yield such unexpectedly spectacular results? I thought for sure that my homemade cookies would fall short of Casaceli's professional ones, but they didn't. My shortbread was every bit as addictive as I remembered. With Rosh Hashanah ahead, try these honey-filled cookies as an untraditional alternative to honey cake.

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