Archive for September, 2012

Lavender Cookies

September 3, 2012

Beautiful row of lavender at Bleu Lavande in the province of Quebec, Canada

Markham Horticulture Society

Last Tuesday night I had the pleasure of speaking about lavender at the Markham Horticulture Society. They had a full house and even brought in extra chairs. They also had a flower show that night and I was sorry that I didn’t have time to look at the entries because it looked like a very nice show. In the “What a small world” department, one of the members was a woman who used to show at the Arabian shows I used to exhibit at. Melody still looked so very young I couldn’t believe it had been so many years ago! Moyra gave me such a nice introduction I hoped I could live up to it!

I like to take some snacks with lavender in them for those that have never tasted lavender. This time I tried two new recipes and was pleased they turned out well. I will certainly make them again.

Savory Cream Cheese Spread
1 package of cream cheese – softened to room temperature
2 tablespoons of sour cream
1 tablespoon of butter – softened to room temperature
1 – 2 tablespoons of dried lavender flowers. (These can be added as is or ground in the blender for a finer texture.)
1 tablespoon of “Herbs de Provence”. This is a blend of herb that can vary from store to store.
Optional – I put one finely chopped sun dried tomato into the mix but you could add more, or none.

Blend all the ingredients together, chill and serve with crackers.

Lavender Cookies
First – make lavender sugar by blending 1 cup of white granulated sugar with 1 tablespoon of dried lavender. Put them in the blender until well mixed. Both the lavender and the sugar will be finer.
Set aside in a bowl to roll the cookies in.
One cup of sugar
One cup of butter, softened to room temperature
One large egg
One and three quarter cups of All Purpose Flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon of Vanilla. Almond extract would also be nice as it goes well with lavender. Fresh lemon juice might work as well.
Mix the butter and sugar together until well blended.
Add the egg and Vanilla.
Next, add the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until everything is well blended.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. I put parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
Using a table spoon, scoop up some of the batter. Roll it into a ball in your hands, then put it into the lavender sugar and coat well. Put onto the parchment paper and press flat, but not too thin. Repeat until the batter is used up. Bake for 10 minutes but remove before the cookies begin to get dark. Remove them from the cookie sheet and let cool. Enjoy!