Pregnancy is beautiful. Pregnancy is a miracle. Pregnancy is special. Pregnancy is amazing. Pregnancy is a gift….
Pregnancy symptoms, best viagra thumb however, are a bullshit, pain in the ass, nauseatingly terrible experience if you are like me and have issues with morning sickness throughout your pregnancy. Recently I was told by my friend Katie that she is expecting baby number two! This is the most exciting news as her first little one is the sweetest little peanut and I can’t wait to meet baby number two!! Unfortunately for her, she is like me in the morning sickness department. I cannot begin to imagine how she is handling taking care of a one year old while going through that. There are not enough uplifting adjectives to describe how strong and amazing she is!
They (I’m not sure who “they” are) say that it takes a village to raise a baby. While I couldn’t agree more with that statement, I say it also takes a village to “raise” a pregnant woman, haha. So, I decided to take the lovely opportunity that my son presented me with last Tuesday morning when he woke up at 5:40am ready for the day, to spend the quite hours of ta snowy morning doing my part to put an end to my friends morning sickness. I also knew I just had to incorporate a laugh or two so I found this adorable alphabet stamps at Michael’s to stamp some funny sayings into the cookies.
Now I know, not everyone is a fan of lavender. When I was first introduced to it, I thought it smelled awful, it was so strong I got a headache, but after my pregnancy with my son, it will forever be one of my go to herbs and yes, one of my best friends. Don’t judge.
So here is my take on Lavender Shortbread… and you don’t have to be pregnant to enjoy them.
Lavender Laugh Cookies
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
2 heaping teaspoons dried Lavender
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
1 lemon; zested and juiced
1 cup of organic unsalted sweet cream butter
2 cups organic unbleached all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
coarse sugar, optional
In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade, place sugar, lavender and the zest of one lemon. Pulse until lavender and lemon zest is well blended. Add the room temperature butter to the food processor and cream the sugar and butter together. Add the vanilla extract and salt, pulse to combine. Add the flour and whirl until the dough starts to form a loose ball. Remove dough to a large piece of cling wrap and gently form into a disk. Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour to chill. In the meantime, juice 1/2 a lemon into a small mixing bowl. Add 1-1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar and whisk to make a lemon glaze.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Roll out chilled dough, being sure to flour your surface to make sure the dough doesn’t stick. Roll the dough out between 1/4 inch and 1/8 inch thickness and using a fluted edge cookie cutter cut out your cookies. Place on an un-greased baking sheet and stamp whatever sayings you like. I chose: boy oh boy, blue or pink, keep calm stay strong, pregnancy sucks, etc..
Bake in a 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes until the edges are slightly golden. Let cool 2-3 minutes, then remove the cookies to a cooling rack. Glaze with lemon glaze, after about 1 minute, add a generous sprinkle of coarse sugar to “set” the glaze, and let cool completely. For the stamped ones, leave them plain. The glaze will render the word illegible.