Lavender Lemon Cookies?! Lavender combined with lemon sounds like it belongs in a candle or some soap!
Maybe it does, but the combination also belongs in these cookies. If you’ve never baked with lavender before, then you are in for a real treat.
If the taste isn’t enough to convince you, then the smell of the cookies while they’re baking should be. I wish I could somehow transfer the smell to you through the screen, maybe like a scratch and sniff? As the cookies bake in the oven, first you smell the buttery dough, then the bits of lemon zest, and finally that heavenly lavender. The smell is mouthwatering and calming at the same time. It’s almost like these cookies were meant to be baked at a spa. Maybe I should have called them spa day cookies?
I know you, you just can’t wait to give these amazing, fragrant cookies a try fresh out of the oven. Your first bite of that warm cookie is a crunchy, crumbly edge with a soft, buttery center. Then you taste the sweet honey, and a hint of lemon with a floral lavender flavor at the forefront. Then, you just can’t resist having a second cookie. It’s okay, these cookies are not meant to be eaten solo. These are spa cookies with calming lavender in them; go ahead, enjoy two or three cookies!
Lavender Lemon Cookies would also be a great way to say “happy Mother’s Day” to your mom. I love these cookies with a cup of tea; there is something about the relaxing lavender that requires a cup of tea. Maybe you should have some cookie and tea time with your mom on Mother’s Day. How fun does that sound? You would feel like you’re in England.
Lavender Lemon Cookies come together in one bowl, the food processor. Easy clean up FTW. Plus, they are gluten free, egg free, and naturally sweetened with honey. Basically what I’m saying is, get baking!P.S. if you are wondering where you can buy edible lavender, you can oftentimes buy it at a tea or spice shop. Or in an organic grocery store. Or, you can always buy it online. Lavender can tend to be a little pricey, but you can use it in tea, cakes, ice cream, cookies; the possibilities are endless. Don’t worry, I have plans in the future for more lavender cooking adventures.
- ¾ cup all purpose gluten free flour
- ½ cup + 2 tablespoons blanched almond flour*
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 stick unsalted butter, cold
- 1 tablespoon dried lavender buds (make sure they are organic / edible buds)**
- 1 large lemon, zested
- Juice of ½ lemon (1 tablespoon)
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ cup honey
- Extra lavender buds for garnish, if desired
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an extra large cookie sheet (or two smaller ones) with parchment paper or a silpat mat.
- In the bowl of your food processor add your dry ingredients: gluten free all purpose flour, blanched almond flour, arrowroot powder, salt, and baking soda. Pulse a few times to mix up the dry ingredients.
- Cut your cold stick of butter into 1 inch cubes. Make sure to keep your butter cold until right before you need it. Add the cubed butter and the lavender buds to the food processor. Pulse until the butter is mostly worked into the flour. It should be the size of small peas.
- Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla extract and honey. Pulse until everything comes together and is well incorporated.
- Use a medium-sized cookie scoop to scoop out your dough balls onto the cookie sheets, leaving 2 inches of space between each dough ball. The dough is very sticky, so I highly recommend using the cookie scoop; you will be frustrated with sticky hands if you try to use your hands.
- Grease the back of your cookie scoop and use it to gently flatten the cookies into ¼ inch thickness. Press in the extra lavender buds for garnish, if desired.
- Bake for 9 to 12 minutes, or until the cookies are light brown on the edges.
- Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
- Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 to 4 days. These cookies are best when they are fresh- they tend to lose some of their crispiness as they sit- however, they are still very good.
**To buy edible lavender you can find it at a tea or spice shop, or in the organic section of your grocery store. Or you can always buy it online.
Also, if you are worried that you might not like the lavender taste in your cookies, then I would suggest starting with 1 to 2 teaspoons of lavender at a time. You can taste the dough, since there are no eggs.
Recipe slightly adapted from Giada De Laurentiis