Monte-Bellaria Lavender Holiday Sugar Cookies


An easy recipe for creating delicious sugar cookies with a lavender-citrus zing.  Perfect for Christmas and the holidays. Dough can be made ahead of time and frozen until ready to bake.



1-1/2 cups     Salted butter, melted
3 TBSP           Monte-Bellaria Culinary Lavender buds
2/3 cups         Shortening
2-1/2 cups      Granulated white sugar
1/2 cup            Light brown sugar
4                      Eggs, lightly beaten
3 Tsp               Orange extract
4-3/4 cups     Flour
2 tsp                Baking soda
1 tsp                Salt
Garnish          Purple baking sprinkles


  1. Microwave the butter for two minutes on high.
  2. Add the lavender buds and allow to steep for 20 minutes, until butter is just warm. Strain out the lavender buds leaving the lavender butter.
  3. Use a stand mixer to combine the lavender butter and shortening until smooth.
  4. Add the sugars to the mixer and cream for three minutes until smooth.
  5. Mix in the eggs and orange extract.
  6. Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.
  7. Add the flour mixture to the mixer and mix until incorporated.
  8. Cool the mixture for about 20 minutes in the refrigerator.
  9. Make tablespoon sized balls of dough and roll in baking sprinkles. [You can also spread the dough out on a flour dusted surface and cut shaped cookies.]
  10. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet (about 20 cookies at a time.) The cookies will spread out so leave plenty of room between them.
  11. Bake at 375 °F for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes for a crisp cookie.

Makes: 80 cookies

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