What a pretty little cookie to bake for someone special on Valentine's Day or just because.
Lavender represents devotion, chamomile represents patience, and both give this cookie a subtle, floral taste. How lovely. Oh, and did I mention the calming effects of chamomile and lavender? A good excuse to have cookies before bed.
Lavender and Chamomile Heart Cookies
- ¾ cup salted butter, softened
- ¾ cup confectioners' sugar
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ⅛ tsp purple food coloring
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tsp lavender-chamomile loose tea
- In a food processor, process flour and tea (if you would like the tea to be finer, you can grind the tea in a spice grinder and then mix it in the flour). Set aside.
- Cream butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on a medium setting. The butter will become pale in color (about 2 minutes).
- Add confectioners sugar and beat until fully incorporated. Add vanilla and food coloring. Beat in the flour a little at a time on low speed until fully mixed.
- Gather the dough into two balls. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.
- Preheat oven to 325° F.
- Roll dough to a ¼-thick between two pieces of plastic wrap. Using a 2-inch heart cookie cutter. Cutout hearts. Reuse scraps.
- Place cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat. Bake for 14 minutes. Yields: 2 ½ dozen.