Saturday, June 13, 2009

Lavender Shadows

Today was our Lavender Tea & Talk ~ a perfect ending for Garden Party week!

As we sat listening to Catherine's Lavender knowledge, I noticed the shadow from the cake plate on the menu....along with some shadows from the lavender that was decorating the tables!

We served many treats today and thought we'd share the recipe for our lavender cookies with you....

Lavender Tea Cookies

1 tablespoon dried culinary lavender flowers
1 cup butter, room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt

Lavender Frosting (see recipe below)


In a mortar, grind lavender flowers with the pestle. In a medium bowl, cream together ground lavender flowers, butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon extract. Add flour and salt; mix until combined (dough should be soft, but not sticky.) Refrigerate 1-2 hours or until dough is firm.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Remove dough from refrigerator.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough approximately 1/4 -inch thick. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters and place onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 12-15 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned around the edges. Remove from oven and cool on wire racks. When cool, frost with Lavender Frosting.

Makes 2 dozen cookies.

Lavender Frosting
1 cup powdered (confectioners) sugar
2 tablespoons dried culinary lavender flowers
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup


In a small plastic bag, combine powdered sugar and dried lavender flowers. Let stand at least 1 day before using. When ready to use, sift the mixture into a medium-sized bowl; discarding lavender flower .
Add milk and corn syrup, mixing well. Spread on cooled cookies.

Note: In a time pinch - we've made the frosting without the lavender flowers & waiting a day, and it is just as good!
Go see more delicious shadows over at Hey Harriet this weekend! Better yet - join us with your own take on shadow shots!!

29 comments:

Ali said...

What a pretty shadow shot! and those lavender biscuits sound so nice!

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful shadow shot! Thanks for the recipe, those sound delicious! It just so happens that I'm going to a lavender festival not far from my home in Seattle the middle of July. It's a really big deal and I'm really excited. Happy SSS!

just jody said...

what a lovely shot.......the recipe sounds wonderful.

Martha said...

Great pictures, fabulous recipe, Thanks so much.

sunnymama said...

Really pretty shadows and the cookies sound delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

Martha said...

Wonderful shadow shot but I must leave this entry immediatley to join the pesto party! Pesto is one of my favorites! Yum!

PJ said...

A lavender party. How wonderful, it looks like you had a fine time, and thanks for sharing the recipe. I love lavender!

Sweet Repose said...

YUMMM...now you have to make lavender lemonade, one of my faves. Just make a tea from the lav buds and add to canned lemonade. I use an eighth of a cup of buds to 1 cup of water, boil and steep, then add.

You will love it...and what a wonderfully elegant shadow, good catch!

Hey Harriet said...

Whoa! That's a trippy looking plate shadow! I like it! Thanks so much for sharing your Lavender Tea Cookies recipe. I have some lavender growing in my garden so I'll give it a go. My guess is that my cookies will not look as good as yours! Oh well, as long as they taste yummy :)

whizkid said...

i love the way you combine shadows and a yummy recipe. turns out great every time :)

enjoy your week!

Jacqui said...

Oh wow - what a great picture. I am a big lavender fan and can never come back from a garden centre without yet another plant. xx

Katie said...

beautimous shadow shot!
I am going to make these cookies. Our lavender is in full bloom right now. Thanks.

Rosebud Collection said...

Beautiful shadows..I love lavender.
Grew it, but never ate it. Put it in my linen drawer, but that was it. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.
Happy SSS.

Chris said...

Happy SSS!

Two days in a row you have given me ideas for using the lavender that we have growing in our spice garden. I never used it at all last year because I didn't know what to do with it!

The Bloom Girls said...

Your Lavender and Tea Talk looks like a very special event and the cookies look delicious. I peruesed your blog a bit and love the recipes and will most definitely give the pesto a whirl!

Happy weekend!
Nola
Nashville, TN

prkl, Finland said...

Funny how clear glass leaves a shadow. One would think it wouldn't leave one at all. :) Happy SSS!

Vicki ~ FL said...

Very pretty shadow shot and the lemon cookies sound delicious. Thanks for your visit to my blog and the nice comments.

Gallery Juana - ギャラリー ワナ said...

Oh my, those lavendar cookies got my mouth watering!

Lily Hydrangea said...

oh I LOVE the shadows of the glass-beautiful!

maryt/theteach said...

What a lovely thing to have a lavendar tea! Thank you for the recipe! I must tell you though, Kitch, the fella singing "Mack the Knife" is Bobby Darren not Frank Sinatra... :)

Linda said...

The shadow is almost as pretty as the lavender itself. I can't wait to try out that cookie recipe!!

srp said...

How lovely... when it calls for culinary lavender flowers... does that mean you can't use the ones in your garden? I know very little about cooking, but I do have lavender growing here. Thanks for stopping by!

Wonder Turquette said...

What a beautiful and elegant shadow shot! I had never heard of lavender biscuits, they must be delicious! Have a beautiful new week! :-)

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Now your both talking, Ladies. Send me those cookies, pls? *wink

Now, am craving for sweet b4 bedtime? Arrgg... I must copy this recipe for coming Friday's coffee break. It's Mid-summer here in Sweden and hopefully we have SUN.

Your shadow is sooo cool, as usual...

Cheers...

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

That may be the most beautiful SS I remember seeing! Sooo pretty!! The cookies sound wonderful. I've never had lavander cookie before...but I've never met a cookie I didn't like:D

Donna at Mourning Dove Cottage said...

Beautiful shadow picture! Thanks for the cookie recipe. Sounds yummy.

Enjoy your week!
Hugs,
Donna

jabblog said...

Very pretty shadow shot - I love lavender but it doesn't grow well in our garden - sigh . . .

Catherine said...

love that cake plate shadow...how pretty!!

Ms. Tee said...

Oh, I love your shadow shots! This one is so pretty. And the cookies look so good - especially the icing. Yum! Have a good Wednesday~

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