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Lavender Cookies, With or Without Chocolate

After last week’s pie adventure, I needed something quick and easy. What is easier than sugar cookies? Not much. The oven took longer to preheat than it did for me to make the dough.


These are special with lavender added for that summer touch. They are good with or without chocolate, however, I prefer with chocolate (besides the obvious must-eat-chocolate-every-day) because it balances out the strong lavender flavor. Quite amazing how strong a mere tablespoon of lavender can be.

I made these very tiny, using a teaspoon scoop, as recommended by the recipe. It means you can eat more, right? Right. These would be perfect for an afternoon with the girls. Lavender is very girly, after all. Especially when you add a little chocolate. (But your male counterparts will like them too, even if they say they are too macho to eat lavender.)


The recipe comes from The Baking Sheet by King Arthur Flour, their subscription magazine (newsletter?). It was a housewarming gift from my dear friend (thank you!).

I changed the baking technique slightly and added vanilla. Because vanilla and lavender sound good together, which also means they taste good together.

Enjoy!

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup (7 ounces) sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/2 cups AP Flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 TB dried lavender (if you use fresh, use more)
  • 1 1/3 cups dark chocolate

Preheat oven to 350. Line two sheet pans with parchment or silpat.

In a stand mixer (hand held is fine too), beat the butter, sugar, and vanilla until very fluffy, about 5 minutes (set a timer!). Add the egg, mix, scrape bowl, and mix again. Stir in the flour and salt, mix until almost combined, add lavender, and finish mixing.

Drop dough by teaspoonful, leaving about an inch between cookies. They won’t spread much at all. Bake until slightly golden on edges, about 11 minutes.

Cool completely on rack.

Once cool, melt your chocolate. I prefer a double boiler for this because it will also keep your chocolate soft while you are dipping. Plus, you are much less likely to burn as you would if you melted your chocolate in the microwave. Dip cookies in chocolate and set out on sheet pan to set. If you live in a hot and humid environment like me, it may never set. Chill briefly (very briefly) in the refrigerator to at least get them off the sheet pan.

Now grab a bowl of these dish with the girls.

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The “Can’t Eat Just One” Lemon Sugar Cookie

It’s spring time. Spring time screams for refreshing tastes, even in our cookies. Enter the Lemon Sugar Cookie. I don’ t know what it is about these cookies that makes them so good. I challenge you to eat just one! They are light, airy, lemony, and downright delicious.

And they are so fast to make. Like an hour, tops, including bake time. Can’t beat that, right? I got this recipe from culinary school, so I’m not sure of the original source. This cookie was also my first hands on baking test (and I got an A, in case you were wondering. I know you were!). And, these are not your traditional slice and bake type sugar cookies. These are drop cookies (so please don’t use this recipe for cut out cookies. It won’t work!) I used a scoop that was 1 1/2 TB. These would be perfect for a spring time picnic. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Lemon Sugar Cookies

Yield: about 2 dozen

  • 8 oz butter (2 sticks) room temp
  • 7 oz sugar (just under 1 cup)
  • 1 TB Brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 TB lemon zest
  • 1 egg, room temp
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 10 oz flour (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Additional 1 cup sugar as needed for rolling

1. Preheat oven to 375F.

2. Cream together the butter, sugars, salt, and zest in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment at medium speed for 5 minutes. Set a timer – the 5 minutes is very important to the fluffiness of the cookie!

3. Add the egg and vanilla. Mix until combined.

4. Whisk the flour and baking powder. Add to wet mixture and mix until combined. Careful not to overmix.

5. Line two sheet pans with silpat or parchment. Scoop cookies and roll in sugar. Place onto sheet pan and chill for about 10 minutes. Then flatten cookies slightly. Using a glass or ramekin is the easiest way.

6. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until slightly golden on the edges. Watch carefully – they can overcook quickly!

7. Let cool on rack.

8. Eat.

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