Lavender Almond Cookies

Tea is my beverage of choice. When I read that Foodbuzz and Electrolux are partnering to host a Top 9 Tea Party Takeover on Friday, March 25th to raise money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, I could not pass this up. It is wonderful to be able to enjoy a cup of tea and help raise money for a good cause. :) Foodbuzz will donate $50 to this fund for every tea party recipe posted by a Featured Publisher. The mission of OCRF is to fund research to find a method of early detection and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer. You can read more about this cause at Kelly Confidential.

Lavender is one of my favorite herbs. I used to grow English and French lavender every summer in Colorado. I love their soothing scent and use them in potpourries and sachets for the closets. I do not grow them now as they do not do well in my flower beds here. Fortunately, I can buy organic lavender at my regular health food store. I recently bought some and decided to use them in these cookies for the “tea party”.

These Tea Party Cookie Tiles have been in my possession for a while but I have only used them once to make paper medallions. It was the popular thing at that time.

The caddy comes with four different cookie tiles, each measuring 3 inches by 3½ inches. There is also an instruction and recipe card with three recipes – Sugar/Chocolate Cookies, Gingered Lemon Cookies, and Ice Cream Sandwiches. I adapted the sugar cookie recipe by making it eggless and adding lavender and almond meal.

Crushing the lavender with a pestle and mortar helps to release its full fragrance.

The dough is relatively easy to work with. It is not too wet or dry and the tiles release quite easily.

Raw stamped cookies ready for the oven.


Lavender Almond Cookies
 
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Serves: 8 stamped cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp culinary lavender
  • 1¼ cups (190g) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (25g) almond meal
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 stick (½ cup/115g) butter
  • ¼ cup (55g) sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk
Instructions
  1. You will need a few cookie tiles**
  2. Crush lavender using a pestle and mortar. Set aside. In a medium sized bowl, combine crushed lavender, flour, almond meal, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Stir in flour mixture and milk. Knead until dough comes together, about 1 to 2 minutes. Wrap in plastic and chill for 15 minutes.
  4. Very lightly oil the recessed image side of cookie tile. Wipe off any excess oil with paper towel. Dust with flour and tap to remove excess. You will need to re-flour the tiles each time you press a cookie but not re-oil.
  5. Divide dough into 8 equal portions. Roll into little logs about 3 inches long. Lightly flour working surface. Evenly press a prepared tile onto each piece of dough. Extra dough will squeeze out from under the tile. Cut around tile with a small sharp knife and lift tile. With a flat edge spatula, lift cookie onto baking sheet. Bake in a 350°F (180°C) oven for 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are lightly brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Notes
**Use cookie cutter if you do not have cookie tiles. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about ¼ inch thick. Cut out shapes with cookie cutter.


These cookies are a little chewy and not overly floral. The almond meal gives it a slightly nutty flavor. They go well with Earl Grey or Darjeeling tea.

If you would like to find out which one is Biren in the elementary class party photo, please go to the end of the post here. Thanks for making a guess. :)

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8)

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Comments

    • Biren says

      They did Angie, but the pictures were not able to show them well. You can see the shapes on the paper medallions. Maybe I’ll use the tiles again some other time to make plain sugar cookies. I think they will show up better. I used black frosting that came in a tube.

      I have updated the post to show the raw stamped cookies which showed the shapes better.

  1. says

    Thanks for sharing Biren, I’ve never seen cookie tiles before and they really look pretty! Love your pictures too, very nice presentation :)

    • Biren says

      These tiles are really pretty and I am glad I chance upon them. My girlfriend who shares my passion for tea also bought a set. I have not seen them since. The round 2-inch cookie stamps are more common.

  2. says

    I have the storybook tile set from Sur La Table in Santa Monica. I really enjoyed seeing your imaginative pictures and your wonderful blog here.

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    • Biren says

      Hi Polly! So nice of you to visit. :) I would definitely check out Cooking Up A Storm All Over The World. I am sure it is beautiful.

      I did not know Sur La Table sells cookie tiles. I’ll have to go take a look. These tiles are pretty rare. I chance upon them many years back and have not seen them since. The round ones by Rycraft are more easily available.

  3. says

    Biren, these cookies look amazing! Great job with them. My hands are not steady enough to do any decorating like that. Almond and lavendar are also two of my favorite things.

  4. says

    I love the teapots on the cookies, perfect with tea. I have some cookie presses I found in the bottom of my baking drawer, and was trying to figure out what cookies to make to use them with. Hmm…maybe I’ll give it a go, I have some lavender to use too.! Thanks for showing us these wonderful cookies.

    • Biren says

      It is so nice to rediscover some of these things that have been tucked away in a corner for far too long. I had almost forgotten about these cookie tiles. I hope to use them more often now as they are really quite fun. I had the last cookie with my tea this morning and it was good. I felt they tasted even better after sitting for a day. I need to double up the recipe the next time.

  5. says

    Biren, these are some of the most elegant cookies I’ve seen – simply gorgeous! Those tiles are such a treasure to have. I’m glad they’re in the hands of someone as talented and skilled in baking and cooking as you. I love the shot of the unbaked cookies, really shows the specs of lavender and how well the tea pots stamped out. What a lovely treat to have with tea.

    • Biren says

      Aww…LeQuan…you say the sweetest things! Thank you for your lovely compliments. :) Somehow the designs show up better on the raw cookies. After baking, they expanded a little and it was just hard to make them stand out. I was nervous about decorating it as I only had eight cookies – not too many to ruin. ;)

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  7. says

    I love lavender!! I cook with it often but haven’t got a chance to add it in cookies. These cookies are perfect for a tea party which I’m having with my girlfriends on March 26th. I know It’s a little too late to participate in this cause..boo.

    and those molds are adorable!

  8. says

    Pretty cookies and tea party Biren, I would love to go to a tea party and for such a wonderful cause. I love the cookies tiles and I’m glad you brought them out so we could all enjoy them;-)

  9. DongXing says

    Lavender in biscuits – sounds heavenly! I have never eaten anything lavender-flavoured yet although like you, I used to have lots of them growing in my front garden. I have used the dried lavender flowers in potpurries and for the linen closet, and really enjoyed their lovely smell. What a delightful way to use it for edible use. Thank you for sharing, and I agree with your readers that the biscuits looked so great!

  10. says

    These are so fantastic, what great molds…and how beautiful they turn out. I love lavender as well and grow it in my garden, actually takes over half of my garden :) Gorgeous and for a great cause!

  11. says

    My goodness, these cookies are so pretty! I know I know I’m not the first to say it but it’s true. I like it especially the final drawing. So cute!
    Kristy

  12. says

    Lavender and almond–two of my very favorites–never together, though. Will definitely have to give this a try! Glad to join your virtual tea party. :)

  13. says

    My goodness, these cookies are beautiful! I really love that they are pale and speckled and most of all, egg-free! Your cookie tiles are quite breathtaking – now I wish I had a set!

    I must be missing something, because I went back to the sweetcorn pudding post but couldn’t find anywhere there, the answer to “where is Biren?” :P

    • Biren says

      The cookies tiles were quite a find. My girlfriend and I each bought a set and we have not seen them since. They are quite precious! I will have to make these cookies again. With only 8 cookies, they were gone in no time.

      Apalah Denise, take a closer look at the second picture at the end of the post. Don’t just focus on the center of the picture. ;)

        • Biren says

          LOL! Glad you found the answer. :D

          I bought the teacup and saucer from the flea market. It is one of my favorites and I did not even realize that it is a mix and match until I’ve used it for a while. Both pieces are old – the teacup is Tuscan and the saucer is Royal Malvern but they go so well together. I just checked on the internet and found out that there aren’t many Tuscans around. Can’t find this pattern. It would be nice to see what the saucer looked like.

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