I had some lavender lying around and was looking for a new recipe. Usually, I just make something creamy with lavender by steeping it in the milk- ice cream and panna cotta both work well with lavender. I was in the mood for cookies though, and I had just seen Giada De Laurentiis make these so I thought I would try them out. They’re a little crumbly and crunchy with a really strong lavender and lemon flavor. My one caution is to make sure you have edible lavender, some kinds are not. If you’ve gotten it in the spices section of your supermarket, you’re safe.
Lavender and Lemon Cookies inspired by Giada De Laurentiis
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup ground almonds
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon dried lavender
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 stick unsalted butter, cubed and cold
1 lemon zested
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
Combine the almonds, flour, sugar, lavender, cornstarch, salt, and baking powder in a food processor. Just pulse to combine, don’t overwork the flour. Add the butter and lemon zest and pulse until it’s like a coarse meal with little bits of butter.
Add the honey and lemon juice and pulse to combine. Form the dough into balls and press into discs onto the baking sheet. Bake until light brown, about 10 minutes.