For some reason, most of my friends birthdays fall during the month of May. It also happens to be one of my favorite months of the year as it includes my own birthday and our annual strawberry picking day.
This year I decided to give out homemade gift baskets filled with my lemon-parsley salt (coming soon), lavender sugar cookies, strawberry jam & champagne! A perfect way to celebrate Mays delicious treats: lavender, strawberries, and lemon!
These sugar cookies feature one of my favorite spring herbs, lavender. My mom loves the smell of lavender so every time I make these cookies, I think of her. Be sure to use culinary lavender which is specifically made for cooking; flowers from the florist are often treated with pesticides.
Lavender Sugar Cookies
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup Earth Balance butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/8 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. dried culinary lavender
Grind the lavender and sugar together in a food processor to make a fine powder. In a bowl, beat butter and lavender sugar together with a stand or hand mixer until fluffy. Add vanilla, flour, and salt and bend until just combined, taking care not to overmix.
Mix dough into a ball and wrap in plastic. Place in refrigerator until firm, about 2 hours.
Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes with a cookie cutter (I used a strawberry cutter). Sprinkle with course sugar (optional) and place the cookies onto a lined cookie sheet.
Place into a 325 degree oven and bake for 12-14 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheet and cool on cooling rack.
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