If you’re making holiday cookies might as well make some lavender ones too!

Lavender Cookies

Makes 3 Dozen

At an open house, we served gallons of Lavender Lemonade made by steeping 1/2 cup dried lavender flowers in 1 quart boiling water for a few minutes, straining, and using the strained liquid to make up part of the water for 1 gallon reconstituted frozen lemonade. The unexpected fragrance and flavor led us to try these Lavender Cookies at our next party. The cookies have become equally as popular.

• 1 cup butter
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 2 cups flour
• Lavender Sugar (below)

1. Cream the butter and sugar. Gradually add the salt and flour. Mix thoroughly. Chill the dough for 1 hour, or until it is firm enough to handle.

2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Form the dough into 1-inch balls and roll them in Lavender Sugar. Press each ball with your thumb. Place them on ungreased baking sheets and bake 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on racks.

Lavender Sugar 

• 1 cup dried lavender blossoms
• 1 cup sugar (coarse, if available)

1. Mix thoroughly. Keep mixing this as you use it; it tends to separate.

Recipe, photo and content from http://www.herbcompanion.com


Add a little lavender to your holiday meal with this yummy salad

Lavender Citrus Salad
1 bunch each arugula, green leaf, red leaf and romaine lettuces, or a spring salad mix
1 small can tangerines (11 ounces)
1/3 cup feta cheese
1/2 cup lavender-carmelized walnuts (see recipe below)
1 T dried culinary lavender buds
Mix 2 cups each of the lettuces. Evenly divice remaining ingredients on each salad. Drizzle with your favorite salad dressing.

Lavender-carmelized Walnuts
1/2 cup walnuts
2 T lavender sugar (see recipe below)
2 T unsalted butter
Melt butter over medium heat in large saute pan. Add nuts and toss until coated and lightly toasted. Add lavender sugar. Continue to toss until sugar begins to carmelize. Remove from heat. Place nuts on parchment paper or lightly greased cookie sheet. Separate clumps. Let cool.

Lavender Sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 T coarsely ground dried culinary lavender buds
Mix sugar and lavender together. Store in airtight container for several days to infuse flavors.

(Recipes courtesy of Hobby Farm Home Magazine and Sauvie Island Lavender Farm)