Besides other things that occurred to me to do with lavender (such as: taking photos of it, drying it and using as decoration, making lavender sachets…), one more thing came to my mind
Can I eat it?
According to the internet, there are 45 species with over 450 varieties of lavender and most of them are edible. However, there are some that are not!
True Lavender or English Lavender is one of the most common species (most likely you, me, all of us who have lavender, have some of those) and all of it`s varieties are edible.
Not really sure which is the one I have, but considering that none of the lavender species is really toxic if eaten in small amounts (according to the quick search on internet), I decided to give it a try.
Apparently, this little culinary adventure that occurred to me, is not really new, Internet is already well aware and offers a great amount of recipes for lavender cookies, ice-creams, cakes, cupcakes, creams, infusions and lemonades… basically anything lavender flavored.
I decided to start with cookies – old, good, standard tea cookie recipe with some lavender flowers for aroma.
I used the recipe I normally use as a base for cookies to which I add whatever comes to my mind (=whatever there is in the kitchen cabinet). This time – lavender + mix of nuts (walnuts, almonds and pistachio)
They turned to be super charming and delicious.
As for the lavender taste – don’t expect wonders– it just gives a hint of aroma, not really a strong lavender taste. Still it`s fun and they look so pretty.
Lavender Nut Cookies
- 125 g all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 4 tbsp vegetable oil - sunflower, coconut...
- 3 tbsp milk
- 5 tbsp sugar
- 60 g nut mix - almonds, walnuts, pistachios...
- 2 tbsp lavander flowers - rfesh or dried
- 1 tbsp lavander extract for baking - optional
- 1 tsp Cointreu Liqueur - or any other liqueur - optional
- In a bowl put together all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, sugar, nuts and half of the lavender flowers - leave some for decoration)
- In another bowl mix all the liquid ingredients (vanilla extract, oil, milk)
- Combine together wet and try mixture and mix until all the ingredients are incorporated
- Make small balls out of the cookie dough and place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper
- On the top of each ball put few lavender flowers
- Using a small glass (bottom of it) or any other small dish press the ball down to make the form of a cookie
- To avoid the dough to get sticked to the glass bottom, use a small piece of baking paper between the glass and the dough when pressing it
- Bake in preheated oven at 180Β°C for some 15 minutes or until they start to look slightly golden
- For more lavendery aroma you can add 1 tsp of lavender extract for baking (not lavender oil!) into the dough. This is optional and they will come just as good without it.
- Usually I add a teaspoon of some liqueur to any cookies I make. In this case I used Cointreau - French Orange Liqueur. You can add any other instead or no liqueur at all.
- Pay attention to not overbake your cookies even a bit because the lavender flowers on the top of it will burn and, instead of purple come out toasted brown.
- Once the cookies are out of the oven, while they are still hot, you can add few more lavender flowers by pressing them onto the cookies with a spoon or a toothpick. This way they will look fresher and brighter colored (since some of the lavender flowers you put will look more or less toasted)
- You can serve with some tea, coffee or lemonade - lavender lemonade may be a good, matching choice.
These lavender nut cookies are great because they are super easy to bake, tasty, great companion to your tea or coffee and they look so romantic, don’t they?
If you are looking to impress your guests (or whomever) and show off your gardening and cooking skills in one subtle move – this recipe does the work.
Keep in mind – unless you put really big amount of lavender flowers (or lavender extract for baking) – which is, btw, not recommended to overdose with, you will not really taste that strong lavender aroma.
The lavender taste/aroma in your cookies will be gentle and barely noticeable but they will look so pretty and tasty anyways.
To intensify your lavender experience you can serve it next to your lavender plant and, eventually, pair it with lavender lemonade or lavender tea…wearing purple clothes and a summer hat… just some of ideas ;).
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