Updated: Feb 25
What a pretty little cookie to bake for someone special this Valentine's Day. Lavender represents devotion, chamomile represents patience, and both give this cookie a subtle, floral taste. How lovely. Oh, and did I mention the calming effects of chamomile and lavender? A good excuse to have cookies before bed.
¾ cup salted butter, softened
¾ cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tsp. Vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon purple food coloring
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp. of lavender-chamomile loose tea
In a food processor, process flour and tea (if you would like the tea to be more fine, you can grind the tea in a spice grinder and then mix it in the flour). Set aside.
Cream butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on a medium setting. The butter will become pale in color (about 2 minutes).
Add confectioners’ sugar and beat until fully incorporated.
Add vanilla and food coloring.
Beat in the flour a little at a time on a low speed until fully mixed.
Gather the dough into two balls. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Roll dough to a ¼ thick between two pieces of plastic wrap.
Using a 2 - inch heart cookie cutter. Cut-out hearts. Re-use scraps.
Place cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat.
Bake for 14 minutes.
Yields: 2 ½ dozen
Cooks notes: There are many ways to incorporate lavender and chamomile into a cookie. The easiest way I found is to buy lavender - chamomile tea bags. They are the most accessible (you can buy them at most grocery stores). They taste great for drinking, so they will taste great for eating, too. Also, you can omit the food coloring if you’re not a fan, but I think it's a nice way of telling people, “hey it’s lavender because there’s lavender in here.” Either way, it will taste just as good.