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Lavender Cookies

Lavender flowers give wonderful flavor to cookies. Even people who say they don't like all that "herby stuff" like these. They're so easy to make, it only takes minutes. I use the food processor and unless you're a cookie purist, you'll never know that I used shortcuts and simple methods. Here's the recipe.

Jim's Lavender Cookies
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup additional sugar
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 3 Tablespoons dry lavender flowers in the food processor and pulse blend until the flowers are well chopped. Set aside.

Cream the butter and 1 cup of flour in the food processor until the sugar is well dissolved. Add the remaining ingredients, including the sugar-lavender mixture and pulse blend just until the dough is mixed.

Roll each ball in the additional sugar, then place on an oiled cookie sheet and bake at 37

Roll out the dough in golf ball-sized balls in your hands, then roll that in the reserved sugar and place about 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Bake for 8-9 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown. Bake a minute longer if you like dryer cookies, or take out at the 8-9 min. mark for softer, chewier cookies.

Makes about 16 cookies.

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