Saturday, November 4, 2017

Citrus Lavender Infused Soft Sugar Cookies with Orange Buttercream

These were one of the cookies at my latest catering event and I had to share the recipe with all of you gorgeous people on the blog.  For one thing, you can never have too many cookie recipes during the holidays. For another thing, do we need another reason to have sugar cookies?! Really?!  I just thought that these little guys just added a lot of character to the dessert table and they were so simple to make!

Citrus and Lavender is probably one of my all-time favorites when it comes to flavor profiles in baking, as long as the lavender isn't so strong that it takes over the finished pastry.  The secret to these cookies is using just one drop of essential oil in the baked cookies and then adding citrus notes. If you use more than a drop, the lavender is too powerful and it takes over the cookies. When I made these for my BFF Gena's Baby Shower, she tasted them and said, "OH these are fabulous! There's just a little something that makes them soooo good but I can't place the flavor. What is it?!" ...and that is how it should be with lavender. Subtle. Sophisticated. Sexy. Are you ready for the secret recipe?

Chef Tess' Citrus Lavender Sugar Cookies

1 ½ cup butter, softened
 ¾ cup granulated sugar
1 ¼ cup brown sugar
3 large eggs
½ cup milk
1 1/2 tsp almond emulsion
1 Tbsp. lemon zest, micro grated
1 drop culinary grade lavender essential oil
½ tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder

Directions: Preheat oven to 375° F.  Wash and sanitize all work surfaces, utensils, and hands before handling raw flour and dough. In a mixer with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time.  Add emulsion, lemon, lavender, and milk. Stir well. Combine the flour mixture with the creamed butter mixture, just until combined. Scoop by rounded Tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheet or sheet lined with parchment paper. Wash and sanitize all work surfaces, utensils and hands after handling raw flour and dough.  Bake until lightly golden, about 10-13 minutes. Allow cooling on the baking sheet about 10 minutes before transferring to another location. Store in an airtight container. Yield approx. 5 dozen cookies.  

Orange Buttercream Frosting

3 cups powdered sugar
½ cup butter, softened
1 tsp. almond extract

1 tsp. orange emulsion or 5 drops culinary grade orange essential oil
3-4 Tbsp. hot water

Directions: In a large bowl, beat remaining Frosting ingredients with electric mixer on low speed until creamy. Pipe frosting onto cookies. Top with a sprinkle of a few edible gold pearls on each cookie. 

 After they were finished decorating, I added a little flourish of edible gold spray. 
There you go! Make some amazing sugar cookies!

Always My Very Best,
Your Friend Chef Tess


Charlotte Moore said...

These are so dainty! They look right tasty also.

emmers said...

whoa! these look so good - are the cookies soft? Or crunchy? the flavor combinations you have put together for this recipe are seriously making my mouth water! yummy!!

Chef Tess said...

Awe! Thank you Emmers! Yes, the cookies are soft and slightly chewy. They were a huge hit!