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Lavender Butter Cookies

These cookies have become a staple at our events. We’ve served them to accompany our Muse (Early Muscat with Early Muscat Grappa). But Haley has also been selling them to raise money for her college fund since she was 6 or 7 — a dozen for $5. As you might imagine, she’s done quite well and has turned into quite a little sales person.

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About this Recipe

Lavender butter cookies are a variation of a traditional shortbread but seem like something much different. The additional butter and the savory element of the lavender make them somewhat unique. Early on, we found that lavender was a near perfect accompaniment to the tropical and floral aromatics inherent in the Early Muscat grape. There is some disagreement about whether you should take a bite of cookie or a sip of Early Muscat first. Either way, you’ll find they are perfect together. And you’ll find that neither last as long as you’d like, so we usually make a double batch.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup (3 sticks( unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon dried lavender blossoms

Whisk flour and salt in a medium bowl. Using electric mixer with a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until smooth. Add egg yolks one at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Add vanilla; beat one minute. Stir in flour mixture just to combine. Stir in lavender blossoms. Beat dough until creamy, about two minutes. Gather dough into a ball. Divide dough into four portions; flatten each into a disk. Wrap disks in plastic wrap; refrigerate overnight.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375°. Roll the chilled dough out to 1/8″ to 3/16″ thickness. Cut into 1 inch wafers. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet until lightly brown, about 10 minutes.

Refrigerate any unused dough tightly wrapped for up to a week. Dough can be frozen for up to 4 weeks.

Servings

3 dozen 1″ cookies

Ready In:

24hrs total; 30 minutes active