Lemon-Lavender Cookies

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Flecks of pale purple lavender petals give these fragrant cookies a unique appearance. If they aren't available at your regular supermarket, look for lavender buds at specialty food stores.

Lemon-Lavender Cookies
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
40 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Bake Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 50 mins
Yield:
3 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon dried lavender buds, ground with mortar and pestle

  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • Dried lavender buds (optional)

  • Thin strips of lemon peel (optional)

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, ground lavender buds, finely shredded lemon peel, and salt. In a large mixing bowl beat the 3/4 cup butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add 1 cup powdered sugar. Beat until combined. Beat in as much of the flour mixture as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour mixture.

  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 10-inch-long log. Wrap log in plastic wrap or waxed paper. Chill for 2 to 24 hours or until firm.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut roll into 1/4-inch slices. Place slices 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven about 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool.

  4. For frosting, in a small bowl, combine the 1/4 cup butter, 1 cup powdered sugar, and the milk. Beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. If necessary, stir in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, to make a frosting of spreading consistency. Spread frosting on tops of cookies and, if desired, garnish with additional lavender buds and thin strips of lemon peel. Makes 3 dozen cookies.

  5. Place in single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days. Or freeze unfrosted cookies for up to 3 months; thaw and frost.

To Store

Place cookies in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze unfrosted cookies for up to 3 months. To serve, thaw cookies if frozen. Frost as directed.

Make it a Gift

Roll a 12-inch length of corrugated cardboard to create approximately a 3-inch-diameter tube, allow for a 1/2 inch of overlap. Cut cork drink coasters to fit each end and hot-glue in place. Line interior with tissue paper, then nestle a stack of cookies in the tube. Wrap ribbon around cookie tube and insert a real or artificial berry stem.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

91 Calories
5g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 91
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 62mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 1g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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