Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cookies From the Herb Garden

It's Friday, It's Food, so it must be Foodie Friday hosted by Designs by Gollum. Click here to see more fabulous food on Friday at Michael's fabulous site, Designs by Gollum.

Last year, the lavender was splendid at Linderhof. A fairy is blowing lavender buds over the garden. I happened to catch her before she flitted away! Fairies do like lavender and having a bed of lavender only encourages their visits!

Most we use as aromatics. Wands to scent linens and unmentionables. Sachets for gifts. Small pillows to help the unweary go to sleep at night.

But some we save for culinary purposes. Dried and saved in a small jar bought at Williams Sonoma many years ago that says "French Lavender" -- I used those buds and the jar is perfect for the lavender that grows in Linderhof's garden!
Shortbread is my all time favorite cookie. I love ANY kind of shortbread. And I do like lavender to bake with. Two favorites, together in one cookie!
You can see the lavender in the cookies. Not much -- a tablespoon or so. But to gild the lily, I also sprinkled them with lavender sugar before I baked them. So lavender on the inside and the outside!

I had gotten my new cookie cutter, a shortbread cutter actually. Which I first saw on a Barefoot Contessa episode. If Ina bought it, so should I. An easy find at Amazon and I was so excited to get it -- for it IS the perfect cutter for shortbread.
And the first shortbreads, I put on a plate as I grabbed a glass of green iced tea to enjoy in the garden -- sweaty with dirty fingernails, I sat and enjoyed both shortbread and tea as I watched over my domain. Oliver, of course, was at my feet. A crumb he was not after but a real bite.

Yes, I obliged!

You can take any shortbread and add the lavender, but I found this recipe in a old cookbook I had found at a flea market, Tante Marie's Cooking School. It was a great find and I think these shortbreads are yummy. And they are pure shortbread -- butter andsugar and flour -- with the lavender added, of course!

Lavender Shortbread

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 cups flour
1/2 cup superfine sugar
1 T. dried lavender

Sift the flour. Beat the butter and sugar in a mixer until creamy. Add the flour and beat until combined. Add the lavender and beat just to distribute through the dough.

Form dough into a disk, wrap in plastic and chill until firm, at least an hour.

Preheat the oven to 325. Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick and cut desired shapes. Place on parchment (or sillpat) lined baking sheets and bake until just golden, about 18 minutes.


Anonymous said...

Sounds wonderful!!

Connie said...

I love shortbread! Made it for the first time at Christmas for my tea party and everyone loved it!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I do so love shortbread and I will have to try your recipe. Looks wonderful. Hugs, Marty

jerseygirl211 said...

My husband loves cookies, I think I'll surprise him with these. Thanks.

I'm having an awful time resisting dish buys everywhere I find them.


bj said...

Oh, I love Shortbread, too...and now with lavender...sounds great..

xinex said...

I have never cooked with lavender before, I did not even know it was edible. Thanks for the recipe! I am going to try since I have lavender in the garden. How do you dry them?..Christine

Anonymous said...

Oh I love Ina! These cookies look so wonderful!!

Foley said...

Shortbread cookies are a nice change, this would bring a complete new flavor to it..Thanks for the post!

Susan @ The Good Life! said...

As soon as I get lavender in the garden and dried I will make these cookies! I love lavender and I love shortbread!

Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

Linderhof - short bread is my favorite cookie. How pretty are these with the lavender!!! i have got to plant some lavender this year. thanks for sharing...Barb

Amy said...

I love to make shortbread. Those look delicious. I've never cooked with Lavendar. I am definitely going to give your recipe a try. Thanks for sharing.


Renae Moore said...

Martha....oh my that shortbread looks good, it is such a nice treat, I may try your recipe with the lavendaer. I think I'll plant some!

Thanks for visiting Atlanta today...glad you came by! I love finding white plates at TJMaxx/Homegoods, they usually have an assortment of various shapes and sizes...I love triangular ones!


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Oh I do share your love of shortbread. My favourite kind of cookie too! and I have never tasted lavender at all!! I must try it!

Anonymous said...

I love lavender as a scent but I've never seen it in cookies. They are so pretty and delicate.

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Mary Bergfeld said...

Martha, this sounds and looks so good! I'm very tempted.

Chandy said...

I will try this recipe and one of those cookies, please! Yummy!

I love Fridays; my cookbook is getting thick!

Rattlebridge Farm said...

Lavender shortbread is such a whimsical, divine idea. Our former house had an herb garden, and we had lavender galore...after we moved, I saw huge pots of lavender at Home Depot and convinced Dr. Gollum we needed it. He will be so happy when I surprise him with shortbread.
Such a great post.
(I'm guessing you put lavender pods into a sugar jar and let it "sit"? I have done this with vanilla beans.)

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

I love shortbread I know these must be wonderful! Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend ~ Susan

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Shortbread cookies are my all-time favorite cookie too! I love the sound of using lavender in them - fragrant and delicious :)

Cass @ That Old House said...

What a beautiful, pure, perfect shortbread recipe. Can any cookie be better?

I'll have to try it with lavender next year!

thanks for the recipe --- Cass

jeanne said...

Mmmmmm. lavender shortbread cookies sounds lovely. This is a first for me. Cn you buy edible lavender or do we grow our own?


Martha said...

You can purchase it -- Williams Sonoma is one source. You might try as well (they have an amazing supply of stuff).

But, yes, I do grow my own at Linderhof.