Lavender Is For Cooking

The Inspiration For This Cookie

I recently bought some lavender tea cookies at my local Whole Foods Market, and like most lavender cooky recipes they were a shortbread based recipe. This one should yield a very nice result with the extra of rose flavored icing. Lavender and roses has always been a classic pairing.

The Subtle Flavors of Lavender and Rosewater

Basically, a recipe for a butter cookie which allows the subtle flavor of the lavender to permeate the cookie with fragrant lavender.

The addition of a rosewater scented glaze make this the perfect little tea confection, especially nice for Summer afternoons, but anytime tea is served .


The easiest way to get used to new spices is probably through something sweet. A mild butter cookie is a good medium for allowing redolent spices to mildly give their personality to the tastebuds.


shortbread cookie flavored with lavender

Lavender Tea Cookies

Ilona E
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 4 dozen small cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lavender crushed
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ::For Icing::
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 1/2 teaspoons water
  • 6 1/2 teaspoons rose water


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, lavender, flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Drop by teaspoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes.
  • While the cookies bake, prepare the icing by mixing the powdered sugar with water and rose water. Drizzle over the cookies after they have cooled.



Culinary Lavender, What Is It?

Because lavender is cultivated for a wide variety of uses, the culinary grade is the best of the flower buds which are then used in cooking.

True food grade buds are harvested very early, before the stronger oils accumulate in the flowers. Foreign material is sifted out and the product is thoroughly cleaned.

It can be used to flavor baked goods, ice cream, and even stews and meats.

One of our favorite ice creams is Jeni’s “wild berry lavender” made locally in Ohio. Divine served with the lavender cookies!

Organically grown buds packed in a tin. Excellent for your baking, cooking, and tea recipes



Emelie Tolley, Author, Shares Lavender Cooking


Lavender brings a very subtle taste and aroma to baked goods.These are best with a beverage like tea which will help accentuate the flavor, not cancel it out. Lemon also pairs well with the flavor of lavender.

Luscious Lavender Recipes For The Adventurous Cook

The Lavender Cookbook
The Lavender Cookbook

More than 90 recipes, easy and pleasing. From the grill to the baked goods, there are many ways to widen your cooking repertoire.

What This Herb Will Add Nutritionally

Like most herbs, this addition to your food will mainly add flavor, but what else is contained in those leaves?

Very small amounts, to be sure, but adding lavender can provide some calcium and iron to your diet:

  • Calcium, 215 mg of calcium per 100 g portion
  • Iron, 2 mg of iron
  • 100 gm of fresh lavender has 11 g of carbohydrates

In percentages: Vitamin A 6% |· Vitamin C 20% |Calcium 22% | · Iron 11%

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