To celebrate my twiggy lavender plant surviving another winter…I decided to make cookies! Lavender happens to be one of my very favorite things. I dry my laundry with lavender sachets, I wash my hands with lavender soap, I even put lavender drops on my pillow before I go to bed at night. Obsessed? Probably.
Aside from practically bathing myself in lavender, I also love to cook and bake with it. It’s fabulous combined with other herbs, mixed with a little butter, and smothered all over a roasted chicken. It’s equally delicious added to strawberry jam (see recipe here). Lavender is one of those herbs that can easily teeter the boundary of being both savory and sweet.
I haven’t really baked anything lately, so I figured it was probably about time I did. I wasn’t in the mood for cake, a pie seemed like too much work, but cookies sounded perfect! Because Piyush had taken the car today for work (and my vehicle is still at my Dad’s shop), I was stuck at home. That meant I had to make due with what I had. …and what I had made some pretty awesome cookies, if I do say so myself.
Inspiration struck me when I opened my pantry and saw this:
This honey is really something special. It’s got a flowery smell and the taste is incredible. We buy it at a place here in Rochester, but I did find it online (check it out). The price isn’t so amazing, but one jar tends to last Piyush and I nearly 6 months (depending how many peanut butter and honey sandwiches he decides to make). I use it for making granola bars, sweetening tea, and even on grilled cheese sandwiches (mind-blowing!). …And today, I used it to bake cookies!
I wanted a light cookie, one that I could eat and not feel too guilty about sneaking a second! I also wanted something that didn’t take much time or effort. I often make macarons using lavender, but seriously! Those things take forever! I figured a short bread type cookie would be good, but I don’t usually like how crispy they get. They’re just a little too crumbly and crunchy for me. I fiddled around with ingredients and proportions—not knowing entirely what I was doing—and luckily for me, the results were just what I wanted!
When I mixed everything up, the dough was a little soft, and a little on the wet side. I dumped it all on a piece of parchment paper and rolled it into a log. I tossed it in the freezer, and let it chill for awhile. After I pulled it out of the freezer, I unwrapped it and it looked like this:
Each cookie was approximately 1 1/2 inch in diameter. This resulted in 30 cookies at 55 calories a piece!
Once Piyush came home from work, he tried a cookie and loved them! He was so excited, he kept coming up with all sorts of ideas about how to use them: You could dunk them in your tea, eat them with ice cream, or make a sandwich using two cookies and grape jelly in the center (what?!?!?!). I don’t think I’d recommend the addition of grape jelly, that would be weird. But drizzling them with a little dark chocolate would be perfectly acceptable, and delicious!
They’d also make a nice Easter gift for someone…
Honey Lavender Cookies
- 1/4 c. sugar
- 1 heaping tbsp. honey
- 1 stick of butter (1/2 c.)- room temp. or slightly melted
- 1 1/2 tsp. lavender buds- roughly chopped. Don’t pulverize them completely.
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 c. plus 2 tbsp. all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp. salt (I used fleur de sel)
- Combine the sugar, honey, and butter. Mix them together really well. Add the lavender, egg yolk and vanilla. Mix everything together again—making sure it’s all combined.
- Add the flour and the salt to the wet ingredients. Stir everything together until it’s all combined. You don’t want to over-stir though. The dough will be sticky and a little wet.
- Dump the dough onto a piece of parchment paper. Form the dough into a log about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Freeze for about a half hour.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Remove dough from the freezer, slice, and bake at 350 F for 7 to 8 minutes. You’ll know they’re done when the sides start turning a little brown.
These cookies are moderately soft, fragrant, and buttery. They’re fabulous!
EDITED TO ADD:
Piyush was determined to prove to me that the honey-lavender/grape jelly sandwich would be awesome.
As weird as it sounds…it wasn’t all that bad. The cookies soak up some of the moisture from the jelly, which makes them even more tasty. But, I’m not all that keen on the grape…strawberry would be a winner though!