Valentine's Day Cookies with My Kids

I love all things lavender—the flowers, the scent, the color, and even the taste. I’m not a big red and pink person, so this Valentine’s Day I wanted to try making something to match my favorite shade from our Spring 19 Collection. My kids are 5 and 7 so they are really interested in cooking and baking (especially using the stand mixer!) and were ecstatic to help.

This recipe is easy to make and the flavor is amazing (if you like lavender, of course). I decided to omit the mint since I thought that might be overboard for the kids. So, here’s the recipe if you want to give it a try! We hand cut our hearts to give it a more rustic look, but you can also use a cookie cutter.

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2/3 cup white sugar
1/4 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh lavender
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy.
Mix in the lavender, mint and lemon zest.
Combine the flour, cornstarch and salt; mix into the batter until well blended.
Divide dough into two balls, wrap in plastic wrap and flatten to about 1 inch thick.
Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness.
Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Cookie stamps will work well on these too.
Place on cookie sheets. 
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, just until cookies begin to brown at the edges.
Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, and if you're a lavender fan like me, you can pick up the Louisa Wrap Dress I'm wearing here. Bon Appétit and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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