The coup de maître (genius) of a much-loved cookie: able to soften the concentrated perfume of lavender while permitting a delicate floral tone to a brilliant baking classic.
These days my baking is all about the secret ingredient. Before my children taste anything, they ask, “what is in these?” When I took these cookies infused with the flowery essence of lavender to a meeting, the first person to sample asked, “what is in these?” She guessed ginger and seemed skeptical when I answered lavender. Perhaps she was thinking lavender is for lotions and soaps, not cookies. It also marries happily with chocolate and sweets.
On the other hand, my mom loving everything I make fuels my hope for a time when my herbal additions become normal. Maybe she is so accepting because she is my mom, but perhaps a day will come when there will be recognition of flavors and people will say “ahh, lavender, I love these”. For now, my quest involves a nudge with favorite cookies or brownies or cupcakes enhancing with herbs wonderful in taste and rich in benefits. When my children test, they tell me if a cookie or cake is copacetic or unpleasant, if they will eat it or not. So far, not adoring everything, occasionally they approve and that is enough, for now.
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