We would then head to the sink to concoct our "perfume." It was simply the purple buds mixed with water in old spice jars and perfume bottles which my mother had given me to play with. I made batches and batches of this perfume - the flowers never ran out - and the scent of it covered my dolls and toys for many childhood summers to come.
Lavender Shortbread Cookies
3 sticks of butter (please don't have a heart attack yet - this makes a lot!)
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (the good stuff)
3 1/4 cups flour
1 heaping tsp dried lavender (more or less depending on your taste)
1/4 tsp salt
Cream the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla. In a separate bowl mix the flour, Lavender, and salt. Gradually add this to the butter and mix until well blended. Divide the dough in half and shape each half into a disk. Wrap disks separately in plastic and refrigerate for 30-45 minutes. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 350.
Flour your work surface and roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with a pretty cookie cutter and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Sprinkle the tops with a little extra sugar and bake for about 20 minutes until the edges are just slightly golden. Cool to room temperature. This makes about 4 dozen cookies and they freeze well. Just wrap in a double layer of foil and put into a freezer bag.