Lemon and Lavender Tea Cookies

Makes 30 cookies

Pretty as a picture and perfect for afternoon tea, these are delightful served at a baby or wedding shower.


2 cups all-purpose flour 500 mL
1/4 cup lavender sugar (see tip) 60 mL
1 tbsp baking powder 15 mL
1/3 cup non-hydrogenated margarine 75 mL
egg, beaten
1/2 cup 2% milk 125 mL
2 tsp lemon extract 10 mL
1 tbsp dried lavender buds (optional) 15 mL
1 cup icing sugar 250 mL
2 1/2 to 3 tbsp 2% milk 22 to 45 mL
2 tsp non-hydrogenated margarine 10 mL
1 tsp lemon extract 5 mL
  • Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C) 
  • 2 baking sheets, greased


Step 1
In a large bowl, combine flour, lavender sugar and baking powder. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Step 2
In a small bowl, whisk together egg, milk and lemon extract. Pour over flour mixture and stir just until a stiff dough forms (do not overmix).

Step 3
Drop by tablespoonfuls (15 mL) about 2 inches (5 cm) apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until bottoms are golden. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

Step 4
Frosting: In small bowl, combine icing sugar, milk, margarine and lemon extract to form a smooth, thin frosting.

Step 5
Drizzle frosting over cooled cookies and sprinkle with lavender buds (if using).


To make lavender sugar, combine 1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar and 2 tbsp (30 mL) dried culinary lavender (make sure it hasn’t been sprayed or treated). Place in an airtight container and store at room temperature for 2 weeks, shaking the container occasionally to distribute the lavender and infuse the flavor. Before use, strain the sugar to remove the lavender.
For the most even baking, bake one sheet at a time. If you do bake both sheets at once, place one in the upper third of the oven and one in the lower third. Switch their positions halfway through.

Nutrition & Notes

Nutrition Information
Valeur nutritive
per 1 cookie
% Daily Value
% valeur quotidienne
Calories / Calories 78
Fat / Lipides 2.7 g
Saturated / saturés 0.4 g
+ Trans / trans
Cholesterol / Cholestérol 7 mg
Sodium / Sodium 65 mg
Carbohydrates / Glucides 12 g
Fiber / Fibres 0.2 g
Sugars / Sucres 6 g
Protein Protéines 1.4 g
Vitamin A / Vitamine A
Vitamin C / Vitamine C
Calcium / Calcium
Iron / Fer
Diabetes Food Choice Values:
1 Carbohydrate 
1⁄2 Fat
Did you know?
Lavender is best known for its use in fragrances and bath products, but in small amounts, it is delightful in food. It’s one of the herbs often featured in the blend herbes de Provence.
Mary Sue Waisman, Dietitian, Nova Scotia