Victorian Lavender Cookies with Rose Water Icing Recipe

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Categories: Brunch, Cookie, Dessert, English, French, Low-Sodium Recipes, Snack

Submitted By: The Spice House.

Victorian Lavender Cookies with Rose Water Icing Notes

A very nice customer brought us this recipe many years ago. This delious treat is out-of-the-ordinary. A must try!

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lavender, crushed
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • For Icing:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 1/2 teaspoons water
  • 6 1/2 teaspoons rose water
Serves / Yields

About 4 dozen

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, lavender, flour, baking powder and salt.

Drop by teaspoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes.

While the cookies bake, prepare the icing by mixing the powdered sugar with water and rose water. Drizzle over the cookies after they have cooled.

Photo by Laura Gauthier.

Quick Shopping List

Lavender Flower Buds, Food Grade
Dried Buds, in a glass jar
In a 1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt. .5 oz.
Rose Water
4 fluid oz.

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Robinetta S. Said:

I've made these for my nieces since they were 12 yrs old. At 17, they still love to get them for gifts! Awesome recipe:0)

Make it Again? Robinetta S. would make this recipe again.

Patti G. Said:

The cookies can stand alone without the icing. However, I did make the icing but I backed way off on the Rose Water. It is very potent. Start off with 2 tsp first. You can always add more but cannot take out if it is too strong.

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Mitzi A. Said:

These cookies are delightful. Something most will find very unusual. I did alter the recipe slightly by adding a teaspoon of good vanilla to the dough and I cut down on the amount of rose water for the icing, as I felt it was a bit strong. I also chilled the dough and rolled out into balls for a thicker cookie. They have been very popular here and I will be making them again.

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Aundrea C. Said:

I love the delicate floral flavor! I have baked these twice now! The first time I got rave reviews from my family, i added a touch of lemon zest(however I suspect grapefruit zest will do better) and served with lemon ginger violet gelato :)- The second time I stuck to the recipe...(OK I added almonds) and i have had the same mixed reviews as the other people- One said they tasted like hand lotion :( - the rest have loved them. - HOWEVER, I have noticed that if you eat them freshly baked I can understand the lotion idea, but if you wait till the next day and let them ..settle, the rose water icing is more delicate.

Make it Again? Aundrea C. would make this recipe again.

Lisa B. Said:

These cookies make me want to have a tea party! The combination of lavender buds and rosewater make a delicate and delicious cookie. I will make again and again.

Make it Again? Lisa B. would make this recipe again.

Nancy D. Said:

I was looking for a summer time cookie for an upcoming family gathering which incorporated a 25th Ann. surprise for my brother and I came across this recipe and said these will be the one. Well to my surprise I thought they were yummy and I have to say most who tired them agreed, the ones who did not care for them all said the same thing, that they tasted like hand lotion, and I think they had that idea when they tasted them, but I wanted to let everyone know just in case someone might be allerigic to roses or lavender. Over all they were a hit and I had a few other friends try them at other times too and they loved them and YES I will make them again, I think the only change I would do is to recrush the lavender a bit smaller. I was told my a culinary grad that there should not be little pieces of lavender in the cookie, so crushing it might make a difference in the taste too. I will have to follow up on it and let everyone know the results. Take a try they are very yummy!

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Charlotte C. Said:

The cookies taste Great! I have to add extra flour to get the right dough. The rose water icing was good. I let my family drizzle icing on their own cookie some liked it; others just liked the cookie plain. A+

Make it Again? Charlotte C. would make this recipe again.