Lavender cookies ? Can you eat Lavender ? Yes indeed. The flowers and leaves can be consumed fresh, and both buds and stems can be used dried as well. The flowers is considered to be a versatile herb for cooking and baking. They has been used in recipes for centuries and was a favorite of Queen Elizabeth the First of Great Britain. What a charming idea, yes ?
This is a nice recipe for nature lovers,flower lovers and people who like to bake. Lavender not only makes food more interesting but it is very attractive. During Victorian times these cookies were popular. This recipe could be included in a Victorian-themed tea party. This would be especially nice with a vase full of fresh Lavender on the table, which you can grow in your own garden or as a potted plant. You can even buy Lavender tea. I knew about Lavender soap, but for me it was new and fascinating to research the idea of using Lavender as food.
Ingredients for the cookie dough;
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon lavender, crushed
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
2 cups powdered sugar
5 teaspoons lemon juice
6 teaspoons cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
red and blue food coloring
Makes 4 dozen
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, lavender and flour.
Drop by teaspoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for about 10 minutes.
To make the icing;
Mix the powdered sugar with cream. Stir in one or two drops of red food coloring and one or two drops of blue. When stirred this should create a lavender colored frosting. Add more of red or blue food color if needed. If the frosting is a little dry,add more cream. If it is a little thin you can add more powdered sugar.
After the cookies have cooled you can frost them.
If desired, you can sprinkle a little more crushed lavender flowers on top of the frosting.