These lavender cookies are all you need to welcome spring or summer. They are also perfect for celebrating Mother’s Day and serving on a baby shower. They make nice homemade treats for aunts, friends, teachers, and coworkers. The lavender notes are sublime and they perfectly pair with a glass of milk or a cup of tea.
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Lavender cookies to celebrate a newborn
Sometimes inspiration comes in different colors and shapes. Take a look at the following picture. There is a mom to be, showing purple ballerinas for her to be born baby girl.
I found this picture on the Facebook wall of one of my co-workers in Caracas and immediately lavender cookies came to mind. The baby who one day will wear the purple ballerinas was born a couple of days ago. Her name is Martina. So, I decided the time to make lavender cookies had arrived.
One last thought before we start doing business: while watching the picture of Martina’s ballerinas, I felt so thankful because I only have boys, so I don’t need to go shopping every weekend and get more shoes and manicures than the ones I already have!
How to make lavender cookies
I never baked lavender cookies before. But this is how inspiration works: while doing the mise en place, it was like “somebody” was dictating the ingredients and proportions to me. I made them one time and they turned out perfect!
I chose unbleached flour and demerara sugar. But I’m sure you can use the sugar and flour of your choice. These cookies are not particularly sweet but floral and citrusy.
Since dry lavender is so fragrant, I added some lemon zest for balance purposes. The result was simply wonderful: the most delicious lavender lemon cookies ever.
I used a cookie press, with the heart shape because I was thinking of Martina. But you can make them also with cookie cutters of your favorite shape. I also baked my cookies in a baking sheet pan covered with a silicone baking mat, but parchment paper is ok too.
What is the right lavender to make cookies?
I use organic dry lavender flowers. The same I use to make my lavender syrup. They are so fragrant that you don’t need to add that much. As you can see in the following recipe card: 1 ¼ tablespoon is all you need to make 6 dozen cookies.
What other culinary uses can I give to dry lavender?
As I said before, lavender syrup. This syrup is delicious in cocktails and drinks such as my blueberry lavender mojito, or my lavender lemonade. Or make lavender crème brûlée, lavender panna cotta, and lemon lavender muffins, among other desserts.
Lavender cookies recipe
The following is my recipe. I hope you like it as much as I do. Thanks for subscribing to my Youtube channel and shopping at my Amazon shop.
- 1 ¼ tablespoon dried lavender flowers
- 1 cup demerara sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 ½ cups unbleached flour
- 1 ¼ tablespoon lemon zest finely grated
- Place the lavender and ¼ cup of sugar in the small bowl of a food processor and pulse six times. Reserve.
- In the big bowl of the food processor, place the butter with the sugar, and make the dough using the dough blade.
- Add the eggs one at a time and keep processing.
- Add the flour, lavender and sugar powder, and process.
- Add the lemon zest and process it.
- Make a ball with the dough, wrap it with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Put the dough on a cookie press, and press on a baking mat (or baking sheet) leaving 1 inch between cookies.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Let the cookies completely cool down in a cooling rack.
- These cookies can be stored in an air-tight container for a few days.
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