My mom and step-dad took a trip to New Mexico recently to attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico. My step-dad has flown hot air balloons for years and this has always been on their ‘bucket list.’ (After seeing the pictures, it might be on mine now too!! Beautiful!) While we’re on the subject of ‘bucket lists,’ if you’ve never been up in a hot air balloon, you should! It is such an amazing feeling to be quietly floating so high up in the air…watching life carry on from up above. (It’s been YEARS since I’ve gone up, but I’m hoping to take my family someday while on vacation somewhere with great scenery!) Anyway, while they were in New Mexico, they also checked out Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm. My mom brought me home some culinary lavender, lavender vanilla sugar, and lavender salve to try out.
Culinary lavender can be used to add flavor to breads, meats, drinks and desserts or you can sprinkle some on top of vanilla ice cream. Well, it took me a few weeks, but I finally got around to using some of it! I decided that the kids and I would start by making some basic ‘lavender cookies’ with it. (Side note: I’m making more of an effort to let the kids help me in the kitchen these days. It’s a struggle for me to slow down and be patient with them, but I know how important it is for them to learn these life skills.)
- 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt (I use Kosher)
- 2 eggs (free-range is best)
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup organic cane sugar
- 2 tsp. culinary lavender
- Lavender vanilla sugar, for sprinkling on top
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, butter, sugar, vanilla, and lavender until well mixed. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and mix until blended. Drop by teaspoonful onto ungreased cookie sheets. Sprinkle with lavender vanilla sugar. Bake for about 7 minutes, or until edges just begin to brown. Cool on wire racks.
Eating lavender has shown some health benefits, like reducing anxiety and improving moods, but I’m not really sure 2 teaspoons divided among 20 cookies will do much of anything. Either way, my kids really liked these cookies. I thought that the lavender flavor might turn them off, but that wasn’t the case at all. I had to stop my daughter at three cookies yesterday (because they are still cookies), but she definitely liked them! And my boys each have had two as well. I think the lavender gave the cookies a very unique flavor and one that I actually kind of enjoyed.
I have plenty of culinary lavender left, so I’m sure I’ll keep coming up with new uses and recipes for it!
If you’re interested in trying this recipe, you can buy culinary lavender from Amazon!
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