Get your whisk ready, we’re baking lavender cookies! The cookies taste light, buttery and a have subtle lavender aroma. We rolled the cookies coloured sugar for a pretty and simple finish. Using floral aromas in baking creates interesting flavour profiles and we discuss a few variations. These cookies also make a wonderful gift and we craft a lovely sleeve box to package them. You can download the printable box for free at the end of this post.
If you like floral flavours, you will 💜 these lavender cookies! Watch the video tutorial below to see how to make them!
More cookie and biscuit recipes
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The English Lavender series
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Prep Time: 30 min
Baking Time: 10 min
Yields: 30 – 40 cookies
You can prepare this recipe with fresh or dried lavender, just make sure it’s culinary lavender intended for consumption.
- 240 g (2 cups) all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 115 g (1/2 cup / 1 stick) butter, softened
- 80 g (2/3 cup) powdered (confectioner’s/icing) sugar
- 115 g (1/2 cup) caster sugar (Granulated sugar works fine as well.)
- violet gel paste food colouring
- printable gift box (download below)
- kitchen scale or measuring cups and spoons
- large and small mixing bowls
- large metal spoon
- cutting board
- small paring knife
- non-stick baking mat
- baking tray (sheet)
- oven mitts or kitchen towel
- cooling rack
1) Crush the lavender
Crush the dried lavender in a mortar into smaller bits. If using fresh lavender, carefully wash the florets and chop them on a cutting board.
2) Cream sugar & butter
In a large mixing bowl, cream the powdered (icing/confectioner’s) sugar and butter until pale and fluffy, for about two minutes. We used a whisk but you can do this step with an electric mixer as well.
3) Add flour & lavender
Sift the flour and salt into the bowl. Add the lavender and whisk until crumbly. Add two tablespoons of ice-cold water and knead until just combined. The dough should be soft but not sticky. If the dough seems too sticky, add 1 tbsp flour add a time until it just starts to come together.
4) Chill the dough
Roll the dough into a log. The log should have a diameter of 5 cm (2 in). Wrap in cling film and put it into the freezer for an hour.
5) Colour the sugar
While the cookie dough is freezing, fill the caster sugar into a ziplock bag and add a 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon violet gel paste food colouring. Shake the bag until the sugar is evenly tinted and no lumps of food colouring are showing.
6) Preheat the oven
Line two baking tray with and preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F/ gas mark 3).
7) Coat the dough
Sprinkle the coloured sugar over the log and roll until the dough is completely coated. Brush the log with a little egg white if the sugar doesn’t stick.
8) Cut slices
Using a sharp knife, slice thin rounds of the log and place them on the baking tray, spacing the cookies 5 cm (2 in) apart. Bake for 10 minutes. Watch the cookies closely while baking so they don’t over bake. After 10 minutes, the cookies might still seem soft but will set after cooling for a little while.
Shelf life & storage of the lavender cookies
The lavender cookies stay fresh for a week in an airtight container. You can also freeze the unbaked log of cookie dough without the sugar coat for up to a month. Allow the dough to defrost in the fridge and then prepare the biscuits as described.
Craft the printable sleeve box
Print the printable on DIN A4 or US letter size cardstock or photo paper and cut out the different elements along the grey lines. Put glue on all the flaps that say “Glue”. To make the sleeve box, adhere the bottom to the top. For the sleeve, glue together the two parts. Now your treat box is ready to be filled with lavender cookies!
Free Printable Cookie Box
Click on the button to download your free printable sleeve box so you can gift give the lavender cookies in style!
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