Lavender Shortbread Wreath Cookies

With a long weekend on the horizon, we're planning to head into the kitchen and bake these gorgeous shortbread cookies, courtesy of a recipe from our Styer's Pastry Chef, Kara W. Starting with a lavender-flavored shortbread base, these lovely sweets are topped with a simple glaze and your choice of jewel-toned dried fruits or bright, edible blooms. Kara says, "When making these cookies, I'm inspired by the natural color schemes I see around me. Not every cookie is perfect, which is a reflection of my urban baking style. I love to just go with the flow, do a little here and there, and figure out what works." She adds, "Before you make the icing, dice all your toppings. Once it's ready, dip the cookies and decorate them right away so the icing won't dry out and the toppings will stay in place." Read on for her recipe to bake your own batch!