I love to eat good butter cookies. Since I’m a big fan of a warm cup of coffee (or tea), I always like to have some cookies in my cookie tin to dip them in that soothing liquid, which is not that good for my waist, but it’s great for my mind. 🙂 Also, I really like to bake various types of cookies so you already had a chance to see and try out my pink shortbread cookies and orange cardamom chocolate cookies. These cookies here are already third ones on this blog so this time I’ve decided to experiment a bit and that’s how lavender and lemon curd cookies were born!
Those who know me well know how much I like to grow and use herbs in my cooking and baking. I’m really always trying to find new ways and usages for my spices. I’ve already seen a variety of lavender recipes, but I’ve never baked anything with lavender. And then recently I was so beautifully surprised when I was passing by our local market here in Zagreb when I felt that beautiful, relaxing lavender scent. That was the only encouragement I needed for a decision to experiment with lavender!
Another reason why I decided to make these lavender and lemon curd cookies is that I wanted to prove myself (and to you as well) that lavender doesn’t have to be a herb that we only connect with soaps and sachet bags, but it can be an incredible floral-aromatic addition to your spices rack. And why lemon? Well, because its zesty flavor is such a great counterbalance to the calming and relaxing lavender scent. Oh, and another reason (I know you’re going to think I’m crazy, but I’ll admit it whatsoever): once, not so long ago, I had this car scent from Yankee Candle that was a combination of lemon and lavender and it smelled AMAZING! So, I said to myself: “Why the hell not.”
What I love about these cookies is that you can eat them on its own, but you can sandwich them with some fabulous lemon curd like I did. If you choose this other option, then the smell and the taste of lemon will be much more pronounced and you’ll feel lavender very subtle. This is a good choice for those who are not sure they would like lavender in their food and for those who adore lemon curd. 🙂 If you don’t like lemon curd, you can replace it with practically anything you want, maybe with some apricot jam or white chocolate ganache.
Do you like lavender and have you ever used it in your kitchen? Are you using it more in sweet or savory recipes or you just can’t imagine eating it? 🙂
And yes, happy baking!