These are SOOOOO good! A couple of years ago my sister asked me if I could come up with a lavender cookie for her birthday. Ever since then she requests these cookies for her birthday. In the past I have made them with a strawberry cream cheese icing, which is really good too. This year I couldn't find any good strawberries (I think everyone used them up at Valentine's Day) so I decided to try a blueberry cream cheese and it was just as tasty. 

Using fresh ingredients is key to getting the best taste. I used to work at a place that has fresh bulk spices and that is where I buy my lavender flowers. I usually stock up when I go back to Colorado to visit, but they will ship product. Here is a link to their lavender flowers, the smallest amount will do because it doesn't take much. I also use fresh fruit in my cream cheese icing, it adds a true flavor and the best taste.

Here is the recipe: 

Lavender Sugar Cookies

1 c. butter, room temp
1 1/2 c. sugar
3 eggs
1/2 tsp. lemon extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 T. lavender flowers

Cream butter and sugar; add eggs and extracts and beat until creamed together. In a separate bowl mix flour, salt, soda, and lavender flowers, add to butter mixture. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill overnight or until firm (about 3 hours). Roll out dough on floured surface and cut with cookie cutters. Bake 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Icing

1 8oz. pkg. cream cheese
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. shortening
1 tsp. vanilla
Dash of salt
8 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. fresh blueberries or strawberries

Cream together cream cheese, butter, and shortening. Add in vanilla and salt and cream some more. Toss in the whole blueberries and let them mixer crush them up, if you do strawberries cut them up first. Mix in powdered sugar to desired consistency.

As you can see, I like to make a sandwich cookie with these. Simply pipe some icing on the bottom of one cookie and place another one on top. You can't help but feel sophisticated when eating these cookies :) They would be great if you are hosting a luncheon or afternoon tea. So, enjoy and let me know what you think.

02/19/2013 15:38

These cookies are to die for! I loved the blueberry twist to the cookie this year, blueberries and lavender go amazing together. Thanks again to my talented sis for making my special delicious cookies!

02/20/2013 12:36

Anything for my strong, sophisticated older sister.


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