Lavender Cookies

Anything that comes from my in-laws garden tastes heavenly and is a goodie because it hasn’t been treated with chemicals. Serge was visiting his parents last week and got back with a jar of dried lavender. I love lavenders, they look, smell and taste great, especially in cookies.

I make this recipe very often during spring. The sweet and fragrant flavor pop in these cookies by just adding a handful of dried lavender to my classic recipe. Everyone adores them!

Editor’s note: Your dough should come out firm. If it happens that it’s soft, chill the dough for half an hour before start working with it.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup/200gms room temperature butter, diced
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp dried edible lavender flowers

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F, and place rack in the center of the oven. Line baking trays with parchment paper.
  2. Cream butter with sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt and lavender.
  5. Gradually add to creamed mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each ball to an approximate thickness of 1/4 inch (6 mm). Dip cookie cutter in flour before cutting out shapes and transfer to baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Let cool for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

 Garnish with additional lavender flowers if desired.

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Sugar Sugar Cookies

Tomorrow, Kaia has her first bake sale at school this year. I always send with her cookies. They are easy to prepare, firm enough to transport and the students love them.

She loves helping, she rolls the dough skillfully and found out on her own that it’s better to dip the cookie cutter in flour before making shapes. My little munchkin has great tips to give away!!

This recipe is great for cookies coated with icing or decorated with sprinkles. Deliciousness in every single bite! I think that tiny pinch of salt added, changes all the taste and makes it a show-stopper for everyone.

If you use chilled butter your dough should come out firm. If it happens that it’s soft, chill the dough for half an hour before start working with it.

You might like to sprinkle crystal sugar or colored sugar before baking the cookies, to add a sparkle. Easiest cookies recipe ever!

And this is how I make it.

Makes around 30 pieces.

Ingredients

  • 200g / (2 sticks) unsalted butter, diced
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose-flour, sifted twice
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C / 350°F, and place rack in the center of the oven. Line baking trays with parchment paper.
  2. Cream butter with sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  4. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until a dough is formed.
  5. Divide dough into 2 balls. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each ball to an approximate thickness of 1/4 inch (6 mm). Dip cookie cutter in flour before cutting out shapes and transfer to baking sheets.
  6. Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes (depending on size) or until edges are firm and cookies are dry to the touch. Do not let cookies color.
  7. Cool on sheets 1 minute; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Note: If you’re using large cookie cutters, place the baking sheets with the unbaked cookies inside the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to chill. This will prevent the dough from spreading and loosing shape while cooking.