Author – Carolyn Washburn
These are a favorite of mine in the summer. Consider growing your own lavender flowers in your yard or garden this year. Containers are an easy way to do that and you’ll get a colorful addition to your summerscape as well as a useful plant you can enjoy in this cookie!
1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers
1 cup butter at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
2 tablespoons milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
- In a mortar, grind lavender flowers with the pestle.
- In a medium bowl, cream together ground lavender flowers, butter, sugar, vanilla extract and lemon extract.
- Add flour and salt; mix until combined (dough should be soft but not sticky).
- Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours or until dough is firm.
- Remove dough from refrigerator. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough approximately 1/4-inch thick.
- Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake at 325 degrees F for 12-15 minutes.
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
Lavender food coloring – optional
- In a small plastic bag, combine powdered sugar and dried lavender flowers. Let stand at least 1 day before using.
- When ready to use, sift the mixture into a medium-size bowl; discarding lavender flowers.
- Add milk and corn syrup, mixing well.
- NOTE: Additional powdered sugar or milk may need to be added (enough milk to make frosting easy to spread). Add color and spread on cooled cookies.
Author bio: Carolyn Washburn is a family consumer sciences agent for Utah State University Extension. Her responsibilities include financial management education, food safety and nutrition, healthy family relations, emergency preparedness and working with youth. Her goal is to help individuals and families become self-sustaining and resilient by being financially prepared and healthy for any emergency. She serves on the National Disaster Education Network and has just completed the new food storage manual for USDA. Her most cherished award is America’s Promise, awarded by Colin Powell.