Monday, April 4, 2011

Lavender Cookies

For Christmas one of my coworkers gifted me with a lovely bag of dried lavender buds.  I have always wanted to make Lavender Cookies, but around here, we've got to have more manly cookies.  There are three boys here after all.  I'm totally and completely outnumbered (though now that I have the 6 ladies peeping in the brooder, things are evening out just a little bit!).  Lavender cookies do sound a little bit girly after all, but I just loved the thought of using something that smells so wonderful in a cookie. 

This bag of dried buds offered me the opportunity to try them!  I thought a spring cookie with lavender would be a nice idea to share with my coworkers.  We are an office of all women.  I only work in the office one day a week, but thought it would be a nice treat for all of us on my next day on location.

They smelled utterly delicioso baking.  One of my coworkers has a sensitivity to vanilla extract, so I thought a nice spring flavor would be lemon, so I added lemon juice in place of the vanilla extract.  They are very light and airy, not too sweet and a really delightful touch of spring.  I had one with a nice glass of ice tea, and plan on having another with my hot tea at work tomorrow.  If you're looking for a light and airy tea cookie, give this recipe a try.  They taste like lavender smells!  Enjoy!

(oh, and for the record, all three guys gobbled them up with an OH, these are AWESOME!...not so girly after all!)

Lavender Tea Cookie

1/2 cup butter (use the real deal, this cookie deserves it)
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (or lemon juice which make a great flavor addition)
1 1/2 teaspoons dried lavender flowers, crushed
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2.  In medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
3.  Beat in eggs, vanilla or lemon juice and lavender and mix well.
4.  Combine flour and baking powder and add to lavender mixture, stirring until well blended
5.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet
6.  Bake 7-9 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges.
7.  Cook on baking sheet for a minute or two, then transfer to cooling rack.
8.  When cool, glaze with mixture of powdered sugar and milk, mixed until smooth or sprinkle with colored sugar or lavender sugar.

Makes about 3 dozen


Dog Trot Farm said...

Okay, here is my question how could you eat just one? LOL. The cookies look delicious, a perfect spring time cookie. Honestly I do believe the "little peeps" double in size overnight. Beware it is almost time for the chicken dust to begin!

Candace said...

These look so yummy! I have never eaten anything containing lavender before. My sister-in-law had a lavender pear martini the other night though. It looks so fresh and spring like!

Jennifer and Steve said...

Yummy! These look great. Your chicks are adorable. So so adorable. :)

Sense of Home said...

I have never cooked with lavender. I have it growing in my backyard, so this summer I will give it a try. I will save this recipe for then, thanks.