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GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN LAVENDER LEMON SHORTBREAD COOKIES

“The house smelled musty and damp, and a little sweet, as if it were haunted by the ghosts of long-dead cookies.” ― Neil GaimanAmerican Gods
 
Lavender is one of our favorite plants. It is a featured ingredient in many Soapwalla products including our newest Luxurious Body Oil, Lavender Vanilla Mint. Lavender immediately puts one’s mind at ease, relieves anxiety and promotes relaxation.  Soapwalla Chef Rachel enjoys baking as a way to unwind at the end of a long week. By getting creative in the kitchen, she also finds inspiration for new Soapwalla skincare. This is one of Rachel’s favorite recipes that will fill your kitchen with the soothing scent of lavender (and sugar, which always smells amazing!).
 
PREP TIME || 10-15 mins
COOK + RELAX TIME || 10 mins
READY IN || 20-30 mins
MAKES || 12 delicious cookies
 
INGREDIENTS
 
  • 1 ¼ cups blanched almond flour
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons dried lavender, finely minced
  • ¼ cup grapeseed oil or ¼ cup of vegetable shortening, such as Earth Balance
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup 
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp lemon extract for those who enjoy a stronger lemony flavor (optional)
 
INSTRUCTIONS
 
  • Preheat oven to 350° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl
  • Stir together wet ingredients in a smaller bowl
  • Mix wet ingredients into dry until fully combined
  • Form dough into ½ inch balls and press onto parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Bake for 7-10 minutes until cookies are slightly golden along the edges
  • Remove cookies from baking sheet and place on cooling rack
  • Dust with powdered sugar if so desired
  • Share with friends  
 
Recipe adapted from HERE || Image via Death to the Stock