Lemon Zest and Lavender Drop Cookies
Lemon and Lavender Cookies
Flecks of yellow lemon zest pair with tiny purple lavender flowers in these distinctive drop cookies.
The lemon adds tartness to the sugary dough and a bit of chewiness to the texture of the finished cookies. The dried lavender adds peppery spice and crackle. The combination is fun and full of flavor, yet it's not overpowering.
Culinary lavender and lemon zest may not be everyday ingredients, but the process is simple: If you can make any other kind of homemade cookie, you can make
these lavender cookies.
More About Lavender
- Culinary Lavender
No spice lover should skip culinary lavender. That's especially so for spice fanatics who like a dash of hotness in their desserts.
- Large mixing bowl
- Fork, spoon or whisk for mixing
- Measuring cups and measuring spoons
- Baking sheet
- Lemon zester or fine grater
- Metal spatula for removing the cookies from the baking sheet
- Optional: cooling rack
- Optional: kitchen timer
More About Meyer Lemons
- Homemade Lemonade With Meyer Lemons
Lemonade made with Meyer lemons is a mild yet memorable drink. Squeeze the juice out these lemons, and you'll discover that Meyer lemonade is much less bitingly sour and acidic than conventional lemonade.
- The Meyer Lemon
Comparing a Meyer lemon to the lemons typically sold in supermarkets is a bit like comparing an apple to a bunch of oranges. Everything is different: the taste, the color, the shape even the thickness of the skin.
What To Do
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Zest the lemon and set the grated peel aside.
- Cream the butter and the sugar together in the large mixing bowl.
- Add the egg and the vanilla. Beat in these ingredients thoroughly.
- Stir in the flour.
- Add the lemon zest and the lavender.
- Break off small balls of the cookie dough and drop them onto the baking sheet.
- Slightly flatten the drop cookies with your fingers, then put them in the preheated oven.
- Bake the cookies for about 8 minutes.
- Gently remove the cookies from the baking sheet and allow them to cool.
- Skip the lemon: If you are merely looking to taste test the flavor of culinary lavender in a cookie, there's no need to include the lemon zest.
- Use a cookie press: If you would like something more elegant than a drop cookie, try putting this cookie dough in a cookie press. A flower-inspired cookie press shape would be very fitting.
- Top the drop cookies with lemon frosting: Use the juice from the zested to make homemade lemon frosting. Squeeze the juice into a small bowl and stir in powdered sugar until the mixture is thick like poster paint. Use a small brush or spoon to dab in the tops of the cooled drop cookies.