This year, with us leaving on holidays, I had to think twice whether I could make the deadlines. I decided I just couldn't miss out. For the swap, we needed to make a new recipe we hadn't tried before and send it to three assigned food bloggers. I knew I wanted to try something with lavender. Most of the cookies I had found with lavender were of shortbread. Mmmm....shortbread!
I chose this recipe from Dessert First because it was simple - butter, sugar, flour. My kind of shortbread. You don't need a lot of lavender, a little goes a long way.
In the midst of work deadlines, Q's activities and packing, I managed to find a chunk of time to bake, wrap and send the cookies. In my haste though, I completely forgot to include the personalized letters along with the recipe - sorry folks!
Thanks to the bloggers that sent me cookies. I did receive one package before I left and they were a nice sweet treat. Looking forward to devouring more when I get back home!
Thanks to Lindsay and Julie for organizing another successful cookie swap! Through blogger participation, over $13K was raised for Cookies for Kids' Cancer.
Adapted slightly from Dessert First
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups flour
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 tablespoon dried lavender
Beat the butter and sugar in a mixer until creamy. Add the flour and beat until combined. Add the lavender and beat just to distribute through the dough.
Form the dough into a log, wrap in plastic and chill for about an hour.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Cut the logs into rounds and place on parchment lined baking sheets and bake until just golden, about 18 minutes.