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Queen Victoria’s Hearts Cookie Recipe: Delicate, Buttery Deliciousness

Queen Victoria's Hearts Cookies

These delicate cookies, served by award-winning baker and innkeeper Carolyn Eichin of B Street House Bed and Breakfast in Virginia City, Nevada, are deliciously lacy, buttery, and have just a hint of lavender.

Recipe courtesy Carolyn Eichen, B Street House Bed and Breakfast, Virginia City, NV.


Note from Carolyn: This is a shortbread type of very short and buttery cookie with just a light flavor of lavender. It is said that Queen Victoria liked to eat a lavender-flavored food at every meal. I use a mix of culinary lavender that I purchase from a lavender farm. I find the farm mix has a bolder lavender flavor.


Makes about 3 dozen 2 inch sized cookies.

2 sticks cold butter

½ cup powdered sugar

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons crushed culinary lavender

¼ to 1/3 cup turbinado sugar for garnish

1 to 2 tsp cold heavy cream

Mix dry ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl. Crush the lavender in palm of the hands until ground and mix into dry ingredients. Cut butter into mixture with a pastry cutter. This will be very crumbly and will not hold together like dough. Add a little heavy cream, one teaspoon at a time until dough will hold together. Pick up dough and mix together by hand until dough hold together in a ball. Refrigerate dough for one hour or more until very chilled. Roll out dough on a floured board with a floured rolling pin. Cut dough with heart shaped cookie cutters (about 2 inches across) and place on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Top each cookie with a sprinkling of turbinado sugar before baking. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 9 to 10 minutes until edges of cookies start to turn light golden brown.


No adjustment for high elevation.


Also, check out Carolyn’s recipe for her Swiss American Apple Strudel.




Want to know more about the B Street House Bed and Breakfast? Check out our review.

Historic B Street House Bed and Breakfast, Virginia City, Nevada

Restoring the B Street House B & B took thousands of hours and dollars and landed the building on the National Register of Historic Places.

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