Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Lavender Cookies

On Sunday, I was trying to delay having to paint our pantry for as long as possible. Our pantry is a glorious, large, open-to-the-kitchen pantry, and it desperately needed painting...but I wasn't feeling having to start that project as soon as I woke up. To stall time, I decided to make use of the lavender extract I bought at Sur La Table over the summer. And since I knew Z's Mom was a fan of lavender, I decided to bake her something special as a belated birthday gift.

Lavender Cookies
Adapted from
Yields: About 20 cookies
-1/2 cup butter, softened
-1 cup sugar
-2 eggs
-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
-1 tsp. lavender extract
-1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-2 tsp. baking powder

1.) Preheat oven to 375*F.
2.) In a bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
3.) Beat in the eggs, vanilla and lavender and mix well.
4.) Combine the flour and baking powder in a separate bowl; add to the lavender mixture. Stir until well blended.
5.) Drop by teaspoons onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake in the oven 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned around the edges.
6.) Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a minute or two before transferring to a cooling rack.

The end result was a light, fluffy cookie that was chocked full of lavender flavor (without being too potent). I also loved how the sweet, calming vanilla extract helped to tone down the flowery lavender a bit, without totally masking its floral taste. 

Have you tried any new baking recipes lately?


  1. Can't wait to try this one! I go on a cookie-baking-spree next month for Christmas. Do you have any frosting ideas to make it festive?

  2. I can't quite fall in love with lavender in pastries or truffles. Your cookies do look light and fluffy though!

  3. I need to get my hands on some lavender extract!

  4. i love a hint of lavender in baked goods. great recipe!

  5. @OnlyHuman - around Christmastime, I love anything with pumpkin, amaretto or peppermint frosting. Simple sugar cookies with Christmas-colored sprinkles are always good, too!

  6. These looks excellent - I made similar cookies this summer and the hint of floral flavors is really nice.

  7. These cookies sound lovely. I've been trying so many new cake recipes lately.

  8. Yum! I want to get some lavender extract too!

  9. These sound so good and different! A must try!