Lavender Cookies

I have always associated lavender with the Provence region in France. The iconic photos showing drifts of purple flowers were something I could only see in display windows of chic perfumeries or on labels of expensive cosmetic creams.

When I got a sheaf of dried lavender from my friend recently, I was quite surprised to learn that it came from the south of Slovakia. A quick Internet search provided quite a few lavender growing businesses which have sprouted up in the warm regions of Slovakia over the last few years.

I had heard previously that our grandmothers used to place cotton bags filled with dried lavender flowers in cupboards and wardrobes to repel moths and freshen up clothes.

But I didn’t know much about the culinary use of this aromatic plant and it wouldn’t cross my mind to use it in baking – until I saw this simple recipe for Levanduľové sušienky on a Slovak cooking website.

So I gave it a go and was more than happy with the result.Lavender cookies, profile photo

Lavender Cookies

Makes 30 (depending on the cutter size)

  • 250 g fine flour (1½ cup)
  • 120 g butter or margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried lavender flowers

Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl to make a smooth thick dough. Cover with a dishcloth and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.lavender cookie dough
  2. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
  3. Transfer the dough onto a rolling board dusted with flour. Roll out evenly until it is ½ cm thick. With a cookie cutter, cut out cakes and place them on the baking sheet, spacing them slightly apart.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180°C, put the baking sheet in and bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cookies turn golden. Take them out of the oven, let cool and transfer onto a serving plate.lavender cookies

Stored in an airtight container, the cookies will retain their aroma and flavour for several weeks.

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