Friday, August 5, 2011

Lemon Lavender Cookies

I have to say, making these cookies was a pure joy. I don't know if I've ever cooked anything that smelled better--I was enjoying the lemony lavender scent so much that I didn't even want to wash my hands afterwards (alas, I eventually did). And besides smelling wonderful, they taste wonderful too!

They have that wonderful lemon-butter flavor that is good in everything from desserts to shrimp to pasta but then the lavender adds this delicious complexity to it that my whole family very much enjoyed. The texture was great too--nice and soft. We'll definitely be making these again.

We had a neighborhood cookie party (how fun is that?) so we tied our lemon lavender cookies up in cute little packages with some hemp and took them to the party.

My little girl thought the whole thing was too fun and insisted on carrying the cookies (which, by the way, looked "very fabulous" in her opinion) to the party.

 Funny thing was, not very many people tried them! I'm always surprised to find that in general, people are not as adventuresome when it comes to food as I am. The comfortable standbys were rapidly consumed: chocolate chip, chocolate chocolate chip, peanut butter blossoms--maybe my neighborhood just has a real thing for chocolate? Oh well, I got to take lots home and enjoy them myself! I found that with time the flavor intensified nicely and the lavender stood out even more, which I thought was a good thing, especially since the texture stayed nice.

Lemon Lavender Cookies
modified from Have Cake, Will Travel

1/2 c. butter
3/4 c. sugar
zest of 2 large lemons
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cornstarch
Generous 1/4 tsp. salt
2 scant Tbsp. culinary dried lavender
2 scant Tbsp. milk

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats, such as Silpat.
2. With an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Stir in zest and vanilla.
3. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in lavender.
4. Mix dry ingredients into the wet ones. Add milk, as needed, until dough forms.
5. Spread the cookie dough into the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for about 12-14 minutes.
6. Allow the cookies to cool for a few minutes, then cut with a cookie cutter and remove from the pan.
Happy Baking, 


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  1. They look amazing! I will definitely have to try my hand at a batch, or two. These would make wonderful gifts! Thanks for sharing.

  2. They look very yummy! Nothing better than a lemon to brighten your day. I'd make those but live with all boys and they would go for the chocolate too! I will have to save this recipe for a family gathering. Great meeting you! I found you at Tater Tots and Jello.

  3. Lovely! I giggled when I saw you over at ShabbyNest because guess what I made yesterday? Mine are a refridgerator version but I have the same happy feeling about them as you do :)

    Great blog.

  4. Hi, Jaime! You've got so much creativity and I'm admiring them all. Can you please share your creative posts at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :).

  5. Mmm, lemon and lavendar, that's new for me. Thank you so much for joining Fat Camp Friday! See you next week!

  6. I would have tried them! I made some lavender vanilla cookies the other day and they were delish! I'm sure I'd like these too1

  7. Visiting from Homework and following now too!
    I have got THE lemon celebration entry! I'll post it tomorrow and send it to ya'll!


  8. What a GREAT recipe! I would love it if you came over to Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow and shared this and other recipes with us! :)
    I hope to see you there!

  9. So pretty. Love how you presented them. Bet they were yummy, too. :) Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog. Hope to see you there. {I’m a new follower, too.} Cute blog!


  10. How pretty! We attend a lavender festival in Blanco, TX ever year and are always inspired to try new lavender flavored foods! This year the sorbet was incredible! These look very yummy and I love lemon...

  11. Wow, those cookies look so sweet and yummy! Beautiful pictures too. I love your site! Can I link to it? I'd love to share some of your lemony ideas!


  12. I just joined your site! Now that I've found it I want to spend more time here! Thanks!


  13. As a firm believer in food should be as pretty as it tastes I'm eager to try these. I was raised on "eating experiences." That's what my parents called exposing us to the unique tastes of life--such as grape jelly on my hamburger at a Swedish rest. and grape pie in Canada which was raisin when it was served -- my favorite!

    I hope your day is joyful and you find something "out of the ordinary" to eat.


  14. Ooh, yum! I've taken very delicious cookies to cookie parties before only to bring almost all of them home because they were different looking. Oh well...more for the baker I say!! The cookies look absolutely beautiful and I would certainly have eaten one had I been there.

  15. This post made me smile. Thanks for inspiring me and many others to even attempt this feat. Really appreciate that you linked up at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

  16. Hi Jaime
    Your Lemon Lavender Cookies look so delicate and delicious. I just love the Lavender and Lemon combination of flavor for a cookie and would love to have one with my afternoon tea. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    See you soon,
    Miz Helen

  17. Thank you so much for sharing this at Recipe Sharing Monday. I hope to see you back tomorrow :)

  18. What a beautiful cookie and presentation! I would love to taste one - such a unique flavor combination. I'd like to invite you to share your recipe on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  19. THANK YOU so much for sharing your recipe with me at Cast Party Wednesday. I'd like to invite you back this week.
    I hope to see you again!

  20. Hello! I'm Agnese, I was snooping your blog and i think this is fantastic! I have a blog too, half in italian and half in english! I would like to try these wonderful biscuits! Take a look if you want :-)


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