Lavender Cookies

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).

LAVENDER COOKIES

 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. 

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