Honey Lavender Cookies

To celebrate my twiggy lavender plant surviving another winter…I decided to make cookies!   Lavender happens to be one of my very favorite things.  I dry my laundry with lavender sachets, I wash my hands with lavender soap, I even put lavender drops on my pillow before I go to bed at night.  Obsessed?  Probably.

You can even find a few sprigs of lavender on top of my microwave, along with photos of my 2 grandmothers and my recipe book.

Aside from practically bathing myself in lavender, I also love to cook and bake with it.  It’s fabulous combined with other herbs, mixed with a little butter, and smothered all over a roasted chicken.  It’s equally delicious added to strawberry jam (see recipe here).  Lavender is one of those herbs that can easily teeter the boundary of being both savory and sweet.

I haven’t really baked anything lately, so I figured it was probably about time I did.  I wasn’t in the mood for cake, a pie seemed like too much work, but cookies sounded perfect!  Because Piyush had taken the car today for work (and my vehicle is still at my Dad’s shop), I was stuck at home.  That meant I had to make due with what I had.  …and what I had made some pretty awesome cookies, if I do say so myself.

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Lavender Honey Cookies

Inspiration struck me when I opened my pantry and saw this:

French Lavender Honey

This honey is really something special.  It’s got a flowery smell and the taste is incredible.  We buy it at a place here in Rochester, but I did find it online (check it out).  The price isn’t so amazing, but one jar tends to last Piyush and I nearly 6 months (depending how many peanut butter and honey sandwiches he decides to make).  I use it for making granola bars, sweetening tea, and even on grilled cheese sandwiches (mind-blowing!).  …And today, I used it to bake cookies!

I wanted a light cookie, one that I could eat and not feel too guilty about sneaking a second!  I also wanted something that didn’t take much time or effort.  I often make macarons using lavender, but seriously!  Those things take forever!  I figured a short bread type cookie would be good, but I don’t usually like how crispy they get.  They’re just a little too crumbly and crunchy for me.  I fiddled around with ingredients and proportions—not knowing entirely what I was doing—and luckily for me, the results were just what I wanted!

Fragrant Mexican vanilla (thank you, Patty!!!), beautiful dried lavender buds, and a speckled farm-fresh egg—key ingredients in my cookies!

When I mixed everything up, the dough was a little soft, and a little on the wet side.  I dumped it all on a piece of parchment paper and rolled it into a log.  I tossed it in the freezer, and let it chill for awhile.  After I pulled it out of the freezer, I unwrapped it and it looked like this:

Notice the cardboard tube? Once I wrap the dough up in the parchment paper, I put everything in the cardboard tube (old paper towel insert) and gently sqeeze everything so it fills the mold completely. This is an easy way to get nearly perfectly round cookies for slicing!

Each cookie was approximately 1 1/2 inch in diameter.  This resulted in 30 cookies at 55 calories a piece!

Cooling Cookies

Once Piyush came home from work, he tried a cookie and loved them!  He was so excited, he kept coming up with all sorts of ideas about how to use them:  You could dunk them in your tea, eat them with ice cream, or make a sandwich using two cookies and grape jelly in the center (what?!?!?!).  I don’t think I’d recommend the addition of grape jelly, that would be weird.  But drizzling them with a little dark chocolate would be perfectly acceptable, and delicious!

They’d also make a nice Easter gift for someone…

Honey Lavender Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 heaping tbsp. honey
  • 1 stick of butter (1/2 c.)- room temp. or slightly melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp. lavender buds- roughly chopped.  Don’t pulverize them completely.
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 c. plus 2 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (I used fleur de sel)

Directions:

  • Combine the sugar, honey, and butter.  Mix them together really well.  Add the lavender, egg yolk and vanilla.  Mix everything together again—making sure it’s all combined.
  • Add the flour and the salt to the wet ingredients.  Stir everything together until it’s all combined.  You don’t want to over-stir though.  The dough will be sticky and a little wet.
  • Dump the dough onto a piece of parchment paper.  Form the dough into a log about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.  Freeze for about a half hour.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Remove dough from the freezer, slice, and bake at 350 F for 7 to 8 minutes.  You’ll know they’re done when the sides start turning a little brown.

Enjoy!!!

These cookies are moderately soft, fragrant, and buttery.  They’re fabulous!

EDITED TO ADD:

Piyush was determined to prove to me that the honey-lavender/grape jelly sandwich would be awesome.

As weird as it sounds…it wasn’t all that bad.  The cookies soak up some of the moisture from the jelly, which makes them even more tasty.  But, I’m not all that keen on the grape…strawberry would be a winner though!

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31 thoughts on “Honey Lavender Cookies

  1. prairiesummers

    I still have some lavender left.
    i already tried one lavender cookie recipe but in mine the lavender was a bit too strong.

    Reply
    1. Shari Post author

      I hope you give this one a chance! Definitely tone down the amount of lavender if you’re a little sensitive to it. Lavender can be quite overwhelming!

      Reply
  2. Erica

    Do you use fresh or dried lavender? I can’t wait to try the recipe! I just went to a lavender farm for the first time today and the owners passed around lavender butter type cookies, they were so good, but I forgot to ask for the recipe!

    Reply
    1. Shari Post author

      I use both. Mostly dried lavender though. The dried stuff is way more potent–for lack of a better word–than the fresh stuff. I hope you enjoy the recipe!!!

      Reply
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      1. Stephanie

        They were amazing!Thank you for this recipe! Also, we made them again the next day. Forgetting that I used all of the vanilla, I used almond extract. They were really good too! Have you ever made them with lemon in them?

  5. Katie Did It!

    Just made these and tasted them right out of the oven. These cookies are AH-mazing! Great recipe and the lavender is just right and not too strong. I got a little creative with the second batch and added a small dollop of goat cheese in the center and drizzled with more honey before baking. De-lish!

    Reply
    1. Shari Post author

      Katie,
      That sounds absolutely amazing–adding the goat cheese to the cookies!

      I’m so happy you like this recipe! That means a lot to me to know that people like the things I create! :)

      Reply
  6. Handfastings

    Hi Shari,
    I did a search for lavender cookies and your site came up. I must say I was struck at how much your smile looks like your grandmother in the right-hand picture. I’ll have to try this cookie recipe!
    Shira

    Reply
    1. Shari Post author

      Shira,

      Thank you for checking out my lavender cookies! I hope you tried them and liked them!

      I’ve never noticed that our smiles are the same, but now that you mention it…I see it! :)

      Reply
  7. Stefanie

    Hi Shari,
    I was looking for a lavender cookie recipe that would work for being sandwiched with lemon mascarpone filling, but all I could find was shortbread recipes. I was so excited to find yours! Do you think your cookie recipe would work for that? I would need to make them bigger but I also love your cardboard tube tip! Let me know what you think so I can give it a try.
    Thanks,
    Stefanie

    Reply
    1. Shari Post author

      I absolutely think it would work for that! In fact, that sounds incredible!

      My husband sandwiched grape jelly in between the cookies (weird, I know), but the filling was a nice addition to the cookie.

      If you need them bigger you could always roll the dough out and use a cookie cutter. I think that’d work fine too.

      I hope the recipe works for you, please let me know how they turn out!

      All the best!
      Shari

      Reply
      1. Stefanie

        The lavender lemon cookie sandwich worked out quite well! They tended to squish the filling out so I may have cooked them too long and will try a little less next time. I used the tube idea and made the test batch small, but I think they will work perfectly when rolled out and cut! Thanks again!

  8. Claire D

    Love your photos – I can almost smell the lavendar! Your tube idea is very clever and am going to try that next time I make cookies. Hmmm…think it will be these. Love your blog!

    Reply
    1. Shari Post author

      Thank you! These cookies are super easy to make, but the flavor is incredible! I hope you enjoy them! The tube works really well for keeping the cookies circular. Simple, but effective. :)

      Reply
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