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Lavender and Lemon Butter Cookies

So these guys you can make from any leftover pastry you may have from the Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts, or use any other butter cookies recipe of your choice. Super easy to make and a gorgeous little treat. A stack of these will make a lovely gift for someone or if you cut teeny weeny cookies they will go great as an accompaniment to coffee or tea. Again, the raw pastry freezes well so you can always have some at hand and quickly bake them off should you have any last minute drop-ins for afternoon tea.

You might have a giggle at some of the utensils that I ended up using to make these babies happen. Well, like I’ve stated on my “About” page, sometimes you just have to make use of what you’ve got at hand. It may not be professional but it gets the job done. This is a no judgement zone…

I was visiting my mum and her boyfriend at their stunning Chateau in the French Countryside recently. They have an abundance of giant lavender bushes growing around the house so this inspired me to put some leftover pastry to good use by baking these butter cookies. Lavender not only tastes great in baked goods but it attracts the wonderful bees, which we all know are super important for the pollination and growth of plants and crops. So if you can, get planting! The low hum of the busy little bees is actually kind of relaxing and the lavender smells amazing. Pick off the flower buds and store them in a little organza bag and tuck it under your pillow for a good night’s sleep.

 

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Lavender and Lemon Butter Cookies

Yeilds 25-30 cookies

½ Quantity Sweet Pastry – see recipe here OR use any plain butter cookie recipe

A handful of fresh lavender, removed from the stem and crushed – keep one lavender stem intact if you wish, for decorating

Zest of 2 lemons

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 175°C
  • Lightly dust your work surface with flour, half of the lavender and lemon zest
  • Divide your pastry into two and knead one half of the dough, incorporating the lavender and lemon zest
  • Repeat with the second half and the remaining lavender and zest
  • Roll your pastry out until ½ cm in thickness, making sure to rotate it between rolls so it doesn’t stick to the surface
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Yes, that’s my trusty wine-bottle rolling pin…

  • Cut out your cookies with whatever cookie cutter you like and transfer to a lined baking sheet. I actually just used a wine glass as my cookie cutter…the wine was of course already in my belly!
  • If you want some extra detail, create an imprint of the flower by gently pressing the whole lavender stem you kept aside, into the middle of each cookie
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Yes, this is a cheese slicer I used as a palette knife to transfer them to the cookie sheet…whatever works right?

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  • Bake for 10-12mins, until a light golden brown in colour around the edges. They will harden as they cool, so don’t let them get too dark

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  • Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool

Happy Baking!

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Yields 20-30 cookies

½ Quantity Sweet Pastry – see recipe here OR use any plain butter cookie recipe

A handful of fresh lavender, removed from the stem and crushed – keep one intact if you wish, for decorating

Zest of 2 lemons

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 175°C
  • Lightly dust your work surface with flour, half of the lavender and lemon zest
  • Divide your pastry into two and knead one half of the dough, incorporating the lavender and lemon zest
  • Repeat with the second half and the remaining lavender and zest
  • Roll your pastry out until ½ cm in thickness, making sure to rotate it between rolls so it doesn’t stick to the surface
  • Cut out your cookies with whatever cookie cutter you like and transfer to a lined baking sheet
  • If you want some extra detail, create an imprint of the flower by gently pressing the whole lavender stem you kept aside, into the middle of each cookie
  • Bake for 10-12mins, until a light golden brown in colour around the edges. They will harden as they cool so don’t let them get too dark
  • Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool

Happy Baking!

 

For more awesome sweet treats – check out these recipes!

Coconut, Passion fruit and Lime Tart

Vegan Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Tart with Salted Caramel

Orange Almond Cake with Cointreau Cream Cheese

 

 

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