Lavender Lemon Cookies

Hi friends,

Hope you are having a good Sunday! I have been doing a lot of random errands and went to the gym to do a hodge podge of exercises.  I did the arc trainer for 20 minutes, got bored, then rowed for 15 minutes, got tired and then saw someone leave behind April’s InStyle magazine, so I walked on an incline for 20 minutes while reading InStyle.  Then I did some random weights and called it a day.   Now I have a few things cooking in the kitchen.  One of them is almond butter that I am trying to make in my food processor but it is taking foreverrr.  It has already been about double the time that it should take, so I hope it turns out.   I also am attempting to make tomatillo salsa but it tastes a little watery.  Do you guys have any ideas for fixing that?  I guess it just isn’t my day in the kitchen :(

As promised, I did a second version of the cookies I made Friday just to make sure the recipe was good enough to post.  I bought lavender back when I was in Bloomington and had been trying to think of what I could make with it.  I knew I wanted to make a baked good so I finally decided on making some cookies.  The ones I made on Friday were good but were not really sweet, they were more of a biscuit type taste.  I added honey to that batch, but not very much.  My taste tester Meredith tried them and said they were really good but she didn’t know if she would call them a cookie, and I agreed.  They still had an addicting quality to them though and I ended up eating like 7 of them for dinner.  Not a good pre-going out dinner I know.  Maybe that is why I felt sick on Saturday.

Today, I made a new batch but this time used brown sugar in place of honey and a little more of it.  These were definitely sweeter, but not too sweet and the inside was more buttery and cookie like.  I liked the second batch better, but both were really good in their own way.  They weren’t actually very different ingredient wise, so I’m going to post them both.

Lavender Lemon Cookies- 1st attempt

3/4 cup brown rice flour

3/4 cup almond meal

1/4 cup butter

1/8 cup honey

1 t vanilla

1 t baking soda

1/8 t salt

2 t lavender

Approx 3 t lemon zest

1 flax egg

Lavender Lemon Cookies- 2nd attempt

1 cup brown rice flour

1/2 cup almond meal

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/4 cup + 2 T brown sugar

1 flax egg

1 t vanilla

2 t dried lavender

Approx 3 t lemon zest

1 t baking soda

1/8 t salt

The basic difference is the amount and form of the sugar.  You actually could add up to 1/2 cup brown sugar and I don’t think they would be too sweet.  In the first attempt, I just poured all the ingredients together and didn’t worry about mixing the sugar/butter first.  I think this was a mistake though and why the cookies had a more buttery taste the second time even though I didn’t actually use any more butter.  So, either version, mix the butter with either the brown sugar or the honey as well as the vanilla and then add this mixture to the dry ingredients.   Once you have everything mixed together, add the lavendar and lemon zest to the dough.

In both cases, the dough was pretty crumbly so I had use my hands to make the cookies stay together.   They look pretty similar once they come out but which recipe you will want to use just depends on the sweetness level you are looking for.   Both bake for 10-12 minutes at 350.

I really really love these cookies.  9.9 times out of 10, I prefer chocolate anything to non chocolate so these aren’t something I would normally make but they really are a very distinctive cookie.  If you are feeling a non chocolate desert, these are the cookies for you.

I always think lemon zest adds such a fresh flavor, and the lavender lends a very unusual but also distinctive taste.  A keeper for sure.

A few notes on the recipe:  You don’t have to use brown rice flour and almond meal, you could use any other combination of flours that you like just use 1.5 cups total.  Also, I think a real egg would work better than a flax egg and help the mixture stay together a little better.  I didn’t have one which is why I used the flax, but either is fine!

Now I’m off to try and salvage the stuff I’m working on and get ready for the work week ahead.  I’m only working four days this week so it’s gonna be a busy one.  Also, my roommate and I are doing something really random and (hopefully) fun tomorrow which I’ll talk about on Tuesday.  My mom is back from vacation so she will be posting tomorrow, yay! Have a good night!


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