Monday, January 28, 2008

Chocolate And Lavender Cookies

Recently I was at the store looking for some thyme when I noticed the lavender. It was so pretty that I snatched it up. Then I realized I was going to have to figure out what the heck to do with it. I did a little searching through recipes for inspiration and came up with these flowery bites. These are 'healthy' cookies due to the small amount of fat used. If you wanted to make these 'unhealthy' you could up the fat, add some more sugar, and just decrease the amount of applesauce accordingly.

Chocolate and Lavender Cookies
Makes 24 small cookies

Mix the following:
2 Tbsp. margarine
1 Tbsp. agave nectar (or other sweetener)
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup applesauce
2 Tbsp. lavender
1 egg sub. (I used flax--1T ground flax+3T water)
2 Tbsp. soy milk
1tsp. vanilla

Mix together in a separate bowl:
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 3/4 cup flour (I used spelt)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup chocolate chunks (I chopped a dark chocolate bar)
3 Tbsp. chopped crystallized ginger

Earth Balance and Lavender

Mix wet and dry together. Drop onto oiled baking sheet by teaspoonfuls. Press down slightly with your fingers (they will pretty much hold whatever shape you give them). Bake at 350 F for...oh...a little while. You want them to set and brown on the bottom. Because of the low fat content they won't get very dark on the top, so be careful not to overcook them waiting for them to brown, or they will be dry.

We loved these. On the first bite I worried they were too flowery, but then the other flavors kicked in and it worked really well.


the pleasantly plump vegan said...

so beautiful

Ricki said...

These look (and I'm sure, smell) very pretty. I've never cooked with edible flowers--I have a real aversion to foods with rose water--so I'm wondering how they taste. (I know you said not too flowery, but. . . ??). Would you recommend lowering the lavender for someone like me?

Jenny Wren said...

Lori- Thanks!

Ricki- I think you could definitely cut the lavender in half and still have the floral notes with the chocolate and ginger.

Jenny Wren said...

p.s. if you are hesitant about flowers you could even start with less to test it out...they'd still be good!

Anonymous said...

I've never thought of using lavender, but these cookies look really delicious.

DJ said...

They look so pretty!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

These look great! I love using lavender in food - usually I use it in lemonade. YUM! I recently used it for the Daring Bakers Challenge as well!

Anyway, welcome to The Foodie Blogroll!

Almost Vegetarian said...

I adore lavender. The husband-man is less fond, so I rarely cook with it. But when I do, whatever I make is mine, mine, all mine. And now I know what I am making next.


Kiss or Kill said...

We love lavender and have used it in cold salads. These cookies have me salivating....

Kiss or Kill said...

Lentil burgers

Whatca need:

1 onion
1/2 cup bell pepper
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 teapoon cumin
3/4th teaspoon curry
1 cup lentil
1/2 cup brown rice
3 cups broth-veggie or chicken
salt and pepper.
Flour and more curry and cumin
1 egg or egg substitute

I sauted onion and bell pepper until the onions were soft, adding some salt to sweat them. Then i took sliced mushrooms and sauted that with them. Then I added the broth. To this I add the split peas and brown rice along with cumin and red curry, salt and pepper to taste.

Let it come to a boil and then turn to a medium heat to simmer about 1 hour or until the lentils are soft and there is very little liquid left. ( you don't want the liquid).
After this you refridgerate for 30 min or more. Take out and mix in egg (or egg substitute) and 3 TBL Sppons flour. Mix togather. Get plate and put some flour on it and season it with curry, salt and pepper. Make patties out of lentil mix and pat them in the flour mixture, dusting off excess. Have oven heated to 200 or 250 to be used after frying. Fry the lentil burgers in oil ( about 1/4th inch) and transfer to oven to set up.
I serve these with Greek Yogurt ( Great with a mint yogurt too) You can do the same thing with Split peas as well. Same recipie and all except instead of the 3 Tblspoons flour you add 3/4 cup bread crumbs and dredge the burgers in seasoned bread crumbs instead of flour. Tastes just as good, my prefernce if serving with a yogurt is lentil though split peas work great too. You can also do Corriander in place of curry. Hope you like it.

Kiss or Kill said...


Oh and with the split pea you don't need the egg due to the bread:)

Jenny Wren said...

Thanks Mags!!

Crystal said...

So Maggie mentioned this on her blog and I had to come here to get the recipe. It just sounds wonderful. A guy that I used to work with used to make lavender lemonade with fresh lavender from his garden. It was soooo yummy, so I could definitely see cookies working. Plus, the health food store here in town sells a chocolate and lavender bar (not sure that it's really healthy - it is organic though)that I've been known to indulge in now and then. Mmmm...I'm getting hungry just thinking about these cookies!

teeth whitening said...

I had no idea you could cook with lavender! These cookies sound great, I will have to get some lavender and give them a try.

Brittany said...

It not only sounds wonderful, it's simply gorgeous to look at. Way to think outside the food box:)

TBC said...

Hi Jenny,
Thanks for stopping by my blog and helping me discover yours.:-)
You have some fabulous recipes here.
Chocolate and lavender cookies sound wonderful.