Buttery Lavender Cookies

My sister and I went to visit our aunt and uncle in Ottawa a few weeks ago, so I went on a little adventure to bring them a nice hostess gift. My father’s side of the family enjoys good food, so I was looking to bring them a few tasty treats. One of the things I ended up giving them was a small package of lavender shortbread cookies. We had them with tea during our stay and they were fantastic — buttery, sweet, and floral.

Of course, when I find a recipe that I like, you can bet that I’m going to try to recreate it in my own kitchen. I approached these cookies in similar fashion to the way I make my tea-infused shortbread cookies (see recipes here and here). That is, I “steeped” the lavender in the melted butter before incorporating the rest of the dough ingredients. I wanted to make sure the lavender flavour would come out through the cookie base, which is akin to a sugar cookie.

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Tea Infused Shortbread, Take 2

I blogged about tea infused shortbread a while ago, but I decided to try it with Pumpkin Chai this time around because I wanted a stronger tea flavour to come through. My sister and I put these together and added a hint of Saigon Chai for a spicier cookie, without compromising the Pumpkin Chai’s yummy sweet flavour.

I love these. That’s all there really is to say.

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Coffee and Dark Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Who doesn’t love coffee and dark chocolate?!

This recipe is adapted from the sensational espresso and dark chocolate shortbread cookies recipe from smitten kitchen. I know lots of food bloggers have tried this recipe and I don’t blame anyone for raving about it because it is simply outstanding! The rolling method is also ingenious.

The only noticeable difference between my version and smitten kitchen’s is that I did not have powdered espresso, so we used instant coffee instead. The results were still fabulous.

My friend Mackenzie and I put these together over the Christmas holidays and he snapped a picture of the shortbread before we popped them into the oven... I was unfortunately included.

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Gingerbread Cookies

Tiiiiis the season to bake cookies, fa la la la laaaaaa la la la LA!

Gingerbread makes me feel like Christmas has truly arrived. I’m a huge sucker for gingerbread cake (it was my birthday cake this year!) but I don’t think anything beats a nice, warm, crispy and chewy gingerbread cookie with a mug of tea.

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Tea Infused Shortbread

As you may or may not know, I work at a wonderful tea store (DAVIDsTEA) and am a bit of a tea fanatic. One of my coworkers has a blog where she cooks with tea, and if you are ever looking for a cool new recipe I would highly recommend you check it out. It is aptly named “Cooking With Tea.”

I found this recipe on her blog and simply had to make my own batch! I absolutely love, and I mean L-O-V-E, Quangzhou Milk Oolong and couldn’t wait to put it in some cookies. (The oolong from my own tin of Milk Oolong is pictured in the banner above this recipe!) Although I didn’t add the rosemary and lemon as my coworker did, I still loved my version… they are so rich and have a wonderful creamy aftertaste from the tea.

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Hemp Heart Cookies with Dried Cherries and Chocolate Chips

First things first: hemp hearts are UH-MA-ZING. They taste delicious, they’re crazy nutritious, and they’re versatile. They’re available at health food stores and you should go buy some right now. The only downside is that they can be a bit pricey, but a bag of hemp hearts will go a long way if you’re just using a tablespoon here and there (with yoghurt, on salads, in cereal…).

And then, there’s this recipe. I’m going to warn you right now, it’s not gonna be cheap, because it calls for a full cup of hemp hearts. But let me guarantee you that it will be worth it. These cookies are outrageously delicious.

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