Lavender Cookies with Rose Water Icing

The Abundant Garden: Growing Quality Kids Through Gardening by Kinderfarmhomeschool.com

Lavender cookies with rose water icing: an activity for children of all ages. There is something so special about an afternoon tea party. Making the time to sit together and enjoy a moment of peace and calm is to be savored. In this activity, children will learn how to use flowers and herbs in a recipe and the rejuvenating benefits of an afternoon pause.

*This activity was adapted from a recipe found at thespicehouse.com.

  • Supplies:
    • baking sheet
    • baking mat
    • candles
    • tea service (optional but highly recommended)
    • table cloth or runner (optional)
    • sugar and cream (or an alternative substitute)
    • poetry book or story book
  • Ingredients:
    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 eggs or 2 tbsp freshly ground flaxseed with 5 tbsp water or an egg replacer
    • 1 tsp lavender (dried or fresh from your garden), crushed (use a mortar and pestle or fork and cutting board)
    • 1 1/2 cups flour or 3/4 cup flour and 3/4 cup whole white wheat flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • For Icing
    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • 12 tsp rose water (see this link if interested in learning how to make your own)
    • extra lavender flowers
    • tea
    • mini sandwiches
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In one bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Then add the eggs (or egg replacer) and stir.
  • In another bowl, mix together the lavender, flour, baking powder, and salt. Then add these ingredients to the sugar mixture.
  • Spoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet (lined with a baking mat) and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • While the cookies are baking, combine the powdered sugar and rose water.
  • Drizzle icing onto cookies once cooled.
  • Add a lavender flower onto the top for decoration.
  • While the cookies are cooling, throw a crisp table cloth over a table and set it with dainty (or manly) tea cups and plates.
  • Prepare the tea.
  • Assemble small sandwiches (peanut butter and jelly, egg salad, cucumbers with cream cheese and dill…).
  • Enjoy an afternoon pause. Consider reading a passage from the book of Psalms, Brambley Hedge by Jill Barklem, or from a book of poetry.

The Abundant Garden: Growing Quality Kids Through Gardening by Kinderfarmhomeschool.com