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Lavender Cookies Recipe

Lavender Cookies Recipe

I am a wedding and event planner and one of my brides served these unusual cookies at her reception, so I had to have the recipe. You can guess what her wedding color was! —Glenna Tooman, Boise, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:72 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons dried lavender flowers
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1. Preheat oven to 375°. Cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, lavender, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • 2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto baking sheets lightly coated with cooking spray. Bake until golden brown, 8-10 minutes. Cool 2 minutes before removing to wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 6 dozen.
Editor's Note: Look for dried lavender flowers in spice shops. If using lavender from the garden, make sure it hasn’t been treated with chemicals.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 54 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 35mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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cside28 User ID: 7627576 217166
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2015

"I followed this recipe using rosescott advice of using one egg and one egg white. And because some of the other review's I only used 2 teaspoons of lavender. These cookie's are wonderful, but next time I will use the full amount of lavender called for. I bought Hoosier

Hill Farm Lavender from Amazon and it is really good, clean culinary lavender."

rosescott User ID: 7879825 170319
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2014

"I followed this recipe exactly, except I always just use one egg and one egg white. a tip from Cook's illustrated. They were perfect, soft, chewy and full of lavender flavour but not to much. I used a full tablespoon of lavender as I didn't have a tsp measuring. Always rotate your cookie pans half way through too to ensure even cooking. Great recipe and will make again!"

babyowl53 User ID: 7192496 165536
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2013

"Sorry is called culinary Lavender. I wrote eatable rather than edible or culinary."

babyowl53 User ID: 7192496 167290
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2013

"One absolutely needs to use eatable lavender. You cannot use just any kind. I learned this a long time ago. Perhaps that is why the cookies taste like soap."

Sprowl User ID: 29186 68238
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2012

"I really enjoyed the taste of these cookies.

I tasted lavender cookies in England. I believe it was shortbread ones though. Toh has a recipe for these too. They don't taste soapy, but if you use lavender as I do then that is what comes to mind. Try them!"

MuffinMazing User ID: 6064140 152510
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2011

"How is this supposed to make 84 cookies? I got maybe 1 1/2 dozen out of it? Those are some SMALL cookies! But they were really good!"

autumvaught User ID: 2059000 68198
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2011

"I agree with some of the other reviews that the lavender is strong and that you either love it or you don't. I happen to really love it! If you want the flavor to be more subtle add half the amount. This are a delightfully refreshing cookie. A great way to bring in the spring season. I will definately make it again and I might even try another persons tip of adding sugar or lemon icing! If you enjoy this lavender recipe, you might also enjoy TOH's Almond Lavender cake! YUM!"

iceus2 User ID: 4907275 152509
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2011

"These cookies are great! I buy "little sky" lavender sugar and use it in the recipe and add a lemon icing. This is one of my favorite recipes!"

jordansm User ID: 5814770 165116
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"My family found the lavender taste too strong, and called them soapy tasting as well. I guess you either like lavender taste or not. We were not fans."

TillyK80 User ID: 837119 165942
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2010

"I love how these cookies turned out. I dipped a glass bottom in sugar and punched the cookies out. Very tasty and something different."

ChefNanna User ID: 2778735 77749
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2009

"I tried this recipe and found the amount of lavender too heavy. They were soapy tasting. I will try again with a smaller amount of lavender."

acavanaugh User ID: 2680043 68196
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2009

"These are beautiful, old fashioned feeling " lady come to call" cookies. I get so many requests for this recipe!"

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