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Lavender Shortbread Cookies by taeliac Lavender Shortbread Cookies by taeliac
Well! I've decided to try baking every now and again, just to see if I can actually do it.

We have a lot of fresh herbs growing in our garden, and coupled with my recent distaste for over-sugary things, I wanted something different.

So, I dug through recipes online and, after finding many different ideas, settled on this one, because it seemed easier (as I don't think I've ever baked before, other than making those cookies where you just add water and throw into the oven!) and I really love lavender.

It was very easy! I halved the recipe, because I didn't know what I'd do with that much cookie dough (especially if it was a fail). So, the numbers in [ ] are what I did, to get a plate full of cookies!


Lavender Shortbread Cookies


from allrecipes.com by Maryelieen


Ingredients:


  • 1½ cups butter, softened
    [¾ cup butter, softened; or, 1½ 8T sticks]

  • ⅔ cup white sugar
    [ ⅓ cup white sugar]

  • ¼ cup sifted confectioners sugar
    [⅛ cup, confectioners sugar is the same (pretty much) as fine baking sugar]

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh lavender
    [1T fresh lavender, use just the flowers, please - the stems and leaves are bitter. If you don't have fresh, you can use dried, but you may need to add more]

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves
    [½T fresh mint, but if you like mint, add a little more... I didn't have enough, and can barely taste it ^^ even if you're not a fan of mint, tho, add it - it adds a nice compliment to the lavender!]

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
    [½t lemon zest, if you want a bit more lemon flavor, add a bit of lemon juice to it, too~]

  • 2½ cups all-purpose flower
    [1¼ cups]

  • ½ cup cornstarch
    [¼ cup]

  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
    [⅛t salt]


Directions


  1. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the lavender, mint and lemon zest. Combine the flour, cornstarch and salt; mix into the batter until well blended. Divide dough into two balls, wrap in plastic wrap and flatten to about 1inch thick. Refrigerate until firm, about 1hour.

    [Okay, seriously, let this harden. If you don't, you'll just get frustrated - I thought "oh, well, this was just in the fridge for 15 minutes, it feels cold, I can work with it!" and then it was just a gooey mess. Give it at least 30 minutes if you're doing the half directions (cuz the balls of dough are smaller) or the full hour if you are doing the full amount. It'll save you much annoyance, especially if you're like me and never bake...]

  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Cookie stamps will work well on these too. Place on cookie sheets.

    [I put parchment paper underneath the cookies, because for some reason it'll make the bottom brown nicely and be crisp... I have no idea why, I was just told to be sure to remember to do that, and I did, and they turned out fantastically!]

  3. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, just until cookies begin to brown at the edges. Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

    [Be sure to kind of keep an eye on them - I almost over cooked them, because the edges really don't get too dark like I expected with regular cookies. So, give them a good 15 minutes, and if they start looking darker, then they're probably pretty good...]


All of this (except for my comments) was copy-pasted from the recipe page at allrecipes.com, and is not my own.


My Thoughts…



First off, this was easy to do! Amazingly, right?

If you knew me, you'd know I don't cook. I can't. Well, I can make pasta, but that's about it. Beyond that, I'm usually fail. Except... these cookies turned out really well!

They were very crispy at first - like I said above, I almost over-cooked them to biscotti like hardness! And, at first, you couldn't really taste the lavender - I was really disappointed.

However... come the next day! They were more moist (I store cookies in the microwave for ease) after sitting and letting the butter in the cookies do it's thing. And, even more amazing to me, the lavender taste was really back! Like, what I expected it to be in the first place! Hooray!!

And, no matter what, they're absolutely perfect tea cookies (I've been drinking so much tea lately!) especially with a black tea like earl grey.

So, I guess I'd say that if you're going to make these cookies and eat them right away, add a bit more lavender to your dough. However, if you're just going to nibble on them for a couple of days, in the afternoon with tea or in the eve to relax, then the lavender flavor will strengthen up as it goes on!

And, as I've said before, if I can make these, anyone can!


Picture ©2010 Sam Lemieux

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:iconbluekudzu:
BlueKudzu Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
This does sound like it would be perfect for tea! I recently found a herb store that sells lavender, so I will def be trying this sometime!
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SeductiveByatch Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
These sound wonderful, i'll have to pass the recipe to my cousin, she loves lavender gum so i am sure she would love these
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lonewylfe Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
You said these weren't too sweet? I'll have to try this then!
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aelleg Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yum. :D
i got the pictures from Clothing Design and Entrepreneurship by the way! they look great!
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BlueMoon89 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
I tried the recipe, the cookies are delicious and smell great even after they cool down.
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JasmineLeilani Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I LOOOOOOVE shortbread, so going to have to try this!
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takethisstep Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Those look delish!
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Vashtastic Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010   Digital Artist
they look fantastic! baking is my hobby lol i have to try them. thanks!
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StarsOfCASSiOPEiA Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Student General Artist
Mmmmm. :heart: They look delicious!

Now I want some.
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sd-stock Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Must. Make. I have a bag of dried lavender flowers sitting in my cupboard from making scented satchels. I might have to add these cookies to the peanut butter bars I'm bringing to a picnic next week. Buttering up my superiors can't hurt, right? ;)
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aymiu Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Student
... -drool-

:D So cute! and cool...
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BelovedShadow Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They look so good and really cute, pretty as a pciture ^^
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JaclynGFC Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
those look delish. I might have to try the recipe some time.
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peridot-magelette Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
wow. now i'm hungry. i want some! :giggle: these look really yummy, though.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
They are fantastic, and surprisingly easy to make - you should try some!! :D
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peridot-magelette Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
:giggle: maybe i will, probably i won't. but you did include the recipe after all! yours look really cute.
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nannahs Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
these sound fantastic! i've been craving lavender flavored things lately(made lamb chops with lavender salt the other day...delicious!) and this would go brilliantly with tea. i hearts earl grey!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
OMG that sounds amazing - I've never had lamb chops with lavender salt before... but now I really, really want to try that, too! Maybe if I get more ambitious some day :giggle:
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nannahs Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
it's easy! just grind some sea salt with dried lavender, and use it to season the lamb rather than regular salt. you can use just about anything to grind salt-a mortar and pestle, plastic bag and rolling pin, coffee grinder...i hope you do. :D
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kellin Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great picture, great post, and they're really quite tasty, too. :+fav:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know!! They're fantastically yummy :D
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Kiarachu Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow...I never thought that lavender is edible.Maybe someday I will do this cookie...they look delicious!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes! You can definitely eat it, but even if not, it smells wonderfully, so just leaving it out to dry makes the house smell yummy :love:
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Kiarachu Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ahahah...yeah...I thought so.Maybe you can put these cookie in a drawer too XD...but maybe not...
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lrignafemina Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
You bake too?! Jesus, woman! Leave me something where I can be better than you!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:lmao: This is the first thing I've baked/cooked beyond pasta that wasn't a complete fail, which is why I had to post it :giggle: It's a rare occasion - dun worry, I'm sure you're lightyears away from me in baking :3
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lrignafemina Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
Whew! I mean, you're already helping me be a much better cosplayer. I dun think my pride could handle you being a better chef too. I mean, that what I went to school for, just like you're going to school for costuming related type things. (No clue what you're actual field of study is.)
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Izixa Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Student General Artist
I'll have to give these a shot. I can usually get my fiance to eat nearly anything. But right now it's waay too hot to bake at 100 degrees.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ooft! Yes, that is definitely too hot for baking! But, once it cools down, give them a shot, they're really rather yummy :D
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RayvensEye Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010   General Artist
Awesome I have heard about lavender in cakes before but not cookies and it is also an herb I usually grow and love :D
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love it so much - what got me thinking about it was a cake we sampled at a local foods thinger a few months ago - it was a lavender and lemon cake, and I just died for it :giggle:

I was surprised that you could put it in cookies, to be quite honest! I was just looking for something not over sweet, and this came up, and I got rather excited :giggle:
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RayvensEye Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010   General Artist
lavender and lemon cake, thank you that is what I was thinking of when I posted earlier lol :) Well that is cool you did this now I will not be so reluctant when I grow some more to try those type of things :)

Oh on a side note have you ever had Dandelion wine?
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KoiDogRaine Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
You can eat lavender? :XD: They look good though.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ooh! It's so yummy! Just chop it up kinda fine, otherwise you kinda chew through them :giggle:
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KoiDogRaine Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Learn something new everyday! :D
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skiesofchaos Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional Photographer
YUUUUUUUUUUMMMMMM. And that is all I have to say about that. :D
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe :giggle:

:highfive:
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MedeaHiasobi Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Looks fabulous!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
And how'd they taste? :3
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MedeaHiasobi Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Also fabulous :D
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Rhy-wen Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010   Writer
Cookies... :drool:. They look GORGEOUS!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: They are fantastic tasting, too!! :giggle:
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flufdrax Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
They look lovely. Now I want cookies. *drool*
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
And! How are you doing?! I haven't seen much of you around in a while - I'll have to go check your page and see if you have a journal up, but I'm happy to see/hear from you again!! :glomp:
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flufdrax Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm ok, been run ragged outside of DA for a while.
Yeah, but check one entry back from the one that is up to see the state of things with me. The one currently is just a bit on nonsense.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, they really are - and, I'm munching on the few of them left as I post this :giggle:
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