Soap, detergent, pot pourri, perfume, healing remedy and now…cookies? Oh yeah, the cookie monster would be stoked on this one. Give those chocolate chip cookies a break and swtich it up with these lavender cookies! These are chewy, soft and have a gentle hint of lavender with beautiful purple flakes throughout that will leave any cookie monsters in your life happy!
Okay, so the dirty truth about these is not EVERYONE likes them. Lavender really isn’t a traditional baking flavour. I think a lot of people can’t get past the fact that they’re eating lavender in a cookie and if you use too much of it, your cookies will in fact, taste like soap…I’m speaking from experience. But when you get the perfect amount of lavender, it’s such a delightful unexpected flavour! Not to mention, how gorgeous does the lavender look in these cookies?
See this lavender? It’s dried lavender..obviously. Have you ever seen it in the store? I haven’t, but if you do please let me know! My mom and I both grow lavender (hers is always more full, she must have a secret) so we pick it and dry it ourselves to use, but if you don’t grow and dry your own, then Epicure spices makes a dried lavender! I’ve ordered from them before when we’ve been short on lavender. Although if you haven’t tried growing it you should consider it. It smells great, it’s easy to grow, and you can dry it and make cookies with it…that should pretty much sell you right there (you can make other stuff with it too, but cookies is obviously the most important).
Anyways, these are really gorgeous spring cookies. I’ve made them for baby showers and bridal showers, and have coloured the glaze purple to go with the spring/lavender thing. Honestly, I think the natural colour of the Earl Gray tea in the glaze is beautiful though. My aunt needed a couple dozen cookies for Monday night, and these keep well if they’re sealed in a tin. I had a beautiful, relaxing Saturday morning then I went to my parents to finish packing, and here I am now baking away before I leave for my snowboarding trip! I’d be lying if I said I didn’t taste one…or two. FINE, I ate two….and gave one to my dad. OKAY OKAY I licked the batter off the spoon…get off my back, it’s Saturday night!
So the glaze is definitely optional. It’s my personal preference because I think that london fog and lavender is SUCH a nice, gentle and feminine pairing, but lemon would be really good too in the spring! Drizzle the cookies or dip half of the cookie in the glaze and it’ll add an extra special touch to an extra special cookie! If you’re low on time though, these cookies are delicious without it.
I hope you’re ready to expand your cookie horizons and shake things up, because these cookies are ready to blow your mind away! “Me love cookies…OMNOMNOM”
Lavender Cookies (London Fog Glaze)
1/2 cup cold butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp dried lavender, finely chopped
1 1/2 to 2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
- Preheat oven to 375° Fht.
- Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla extract.
- Stir in lavender, flour and baking powder. If your cookie dough seems too thin – slowly add more more flour 1 tbsp at a time. Roll or drop half teaspoon-sized amounts onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and bake for 8 – 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.
- Allow to cool slightly on pan before moving to a cooling rack.
- Glaze cookies, if desired.
Makes between 2-3 dozen cookies depending how big you make them!
London Fog Glaze
2 earl gray tea bags
1/4 to 1/2 cup milk
1 cup icing sugar
- Warm milk in microwave or stove. Steep 2 earl gray teabags while cookies are cooling
- Put icing sugar in large bowl and add milk 1 tbsp at a time until you’ve reached desired consistency. I like it a little thinner, but if you want it thicker, add less milk. You will most likely not need to use all the milk!!! Remember, add slowly so you don’t add too much! If you did, and it becomes too thin, just add more icing sugar.
- Drizzle over cookies or dip half of each cookie in glaze.