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Lemon Zest and Lavender Drop Cookies

Updated on July 05, 2011
Lemon zest and lavender drop cookies / Photo by E. A. Wright
Lemon zest and lavender drop cookies / Photo by E. A. Wright

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.

Ingredients

Lemon zest and lavender drop cookies / Photo by E. A. Wright
Lemon zest and lavender drop cookies / Photo by E. A. Wright

Kitchen Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Fork, spoon or whisk for mixing
  • Measuring cups and measuring spoons
  • Baking sheet
  • Oven
  • Lemon zester or fine grater
  • Metal spatula for removing the cookies from the baking sheet
  • Optional: cooling rack
  • Optional: kitchen timer


The recipe calls for a tablespoon of culinary lavender / Photo by E. A. Wright
The recipe calls for a tablespoon of culinary lavender / Photo by E. A. Wright

What To Do

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Zest the lemon and set the grated peel aside.
  3. Cream the butter and the sugar together in the large mixing bowl.
  4. Add the egg and the vanilla. Beat in these ingredients thoroughly.
  5. Stir in the flour.
  6. Add the lemon zest and the lavender.
  7. Break off small balls of the cookie dough and drop them onto the baking sheet.
  8. Slightly flatten the drop cookies with your fingers, then put them in the preheated oven.
  9. Bake the cookies for about 8 minutes.
  10. Gently remove the cookies from the baking sheet and allow them to cool.

Variations

  • 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.

Freshly grated lemon zest / Photo by E. A. Wright
Freshly grated lemon zest / Photo by E. A. Wright
Lemon zest and lavender drop cookies / Photo by E. A. Wright
Lemon zest and lavender drop cookies / Photo by E. A. Wright

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      Putz Ballard 6 years ago

      Umm good! thanks for sharing.

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      Kind Regards 6 years ago from Missouri Ozarks - Table Rock Lake

      E. A. Wright, What lovely cookies and they sound so delicious. I will have to bookmark this and come back when my life down the road allows me to do some baking. I love your photos of the culinary lavender and freshly grated lemon zest. Kind Regards

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      E. A. Wright 6 years ago from New York City

      Thanks for taking a look, Putz Ballard.

      Kind Regards, I'm glad you liked the photos. Hauling out the camera and getting my own shots of all the edible things I've written about lately has been tedious at times, but it has also provided some yummy rewards.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      I've never used lavender in baking but these sound delicious! I love lemon anything. Great photos and it is really neat that we can do our own and post them up. Even our videos! I do a lot of my urban mushing canines and just love it. There are some real perks to living in this day and age.

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      E. A. Wright 6 years ago from New York City

      Thanks, akirchner.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Oh how fabulous! I have enjoyed lavender cookies - and ate like thousands of them. Never thought to add a bit of lemon zest which means I will east millions now. But it is so worth it. And with a cup of tea. Ah, life is good.

      Thanks for the super photos and super recipe. I'll bookmark! Rated up and more. Mmmmmm.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Oh me oh my oh. These would be scrumptious.

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