According to WebMD, lavender contains an oil that seems to have sedating effects and might relax certain muscles. That explains why it is often used in spa products and aromatherapy. As you may know, I suffer from migraines, and have tried many things to prevent and treat them. Too many to list here (maybe one day I will). Lavender was one that was suggested to me, and (like most suggestions) didn’t work. However, I know many people can get migraine relief from the smell of lavender.
Lavender is also used in foods and beverages as a flavoring. If you grow lavender, you can definitely find many ways to use it. Whether it is for aromatherapy, relaxation, headache and pain relief, or in your recipes! Here is one such recipe.
Lavender Shortbread Cookies
These are a really great cookie to make for dessert because they have minimal ingredients and can keep in the freezer. Pull the dough out and let it soften then roll them out and bake. You’ll want to use a small cookie cutter because they’re pretty rich. Recipe will make 2 – 3 dozen small cookies, depending on the size.
45 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
55 minTotal Time
- 2 cups flour
- 2 1/2 tsp dried lavender
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 sticks of butter softened
- Pinch of salt
- Add sugar and lavender to a bowl and use a pestle or back of a spoon to break apart the lavender. This will help release the oils and flavor. You can mix them into the cookies as is but the flavor will not be as noticeable.
- Blend in the butter, you donât want to whip it just easily blend the sugar with the butter.
- Add the salt, and slowly begin to add the flour until the dough comes together.
- Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to firm up.
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- Roll out 1/4 of the dough between pieces of wax paper until itâs 1/4â thick.
- Dip your cookie cutter in flour and then use it to cut out shapes and place on a lined cookie sheet. If the dough has gotten soft, pop the sheet into the oven for 15 minutes to firm them up.
- Slide into the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, until the cookies are set and just beginning to brown.
- Remove and allow to cool.
- (optional) You can make a quick glaze by combining powdered sugar with a splash of milk, however the cookies are perfectly rich on their own!
Have you used lavender in a recipe? How did you like it? I’d love if you would share in the comments.