This cookie, or biscuit, is one that tends to be more enjoyed by adults than children (though I know a couple “exceptions” to that “rule”.) These come from a very old recipe, one indeed that might have been enjoyed by some of our favorite characters in Pride and Prejudice, though likely they would have called it a biscuit. It is not overly sweet, has a light herbal taste that is quite delightful with a hot cup of tea, such as when Mrs Gardiner’s old friend from Lambton, Mrs Kettering, comes to call at Pemberley in A Fitzwilliam Legacy: Seasonal Disorder (Vol I).
4 oz vegetable shortening, margarine, or butter (1 stick)
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups flour
½ tsp baking soda
4 Tblsp dried lavender flowers (make sure it is culinary lavender)
Preheat oven to 375.
Combine the sugar and shortening until mixed well. Add the egg and vanilla; beat well.
Sift flour and baking soda together, then add. Sprinkle lavender blossoms over batter; stir to combine. (Do not overbeat.)
Use a spoon to drop dough onto lightly greased cookie sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart. Bake until just beginning to become lightly browned, about 8-10 minutes. Let stand 3-5 minutes before removing from trays; place on racks and let cool. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.