Good recipes to share with friends.
Yes, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. I’m not a huge fan of the tradition. Probably because I got stood up for three Valentine’s Days in a row during my formative years preceding adult-hood. However, I do love baking sweet and delicious treats for people that I love. And I do love my friends and love showing them my feelings. Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to bake stuff for them.
Lavender has supposedly been used throughout history in medicinal recipes to encourage love and passion (as well as cure insanity… whatever) so it’s a great fit for this time of year. I don’t think lavender has ever worked as a love potion for me but nor has anything else. I don’t know what that says about me but I think it says more about the foolishness of love potions.
I had bought a bag of “culinary” lavender for cheap at an organic food store several years ago to try a lavender cookie recipe. The bag was filled with lavender buds and plenty of small sticks and leaves. I even found a seed pod today while sorting through it. I like to think the typical hour I spend sifting through the lavender shows my love for whomever is receiving these cookies. Let this be a warning to whomever goes to buy lavender: look for lavender that is ready to use. I now understand why I got the stuff so cheap.
I remember the first time I made these for Valentine’s Day I didn’t have a heart shaped cookie cutter. In fact, I don’t think I had ANY cookie cutters. Now I have a dozen or so (including yoda, R2D2, a cat and the other common cookie shapes). My solution was to cut a heart from paper, put it on top of the dough and use a paring knife to cut out hearts. It actually worked well, which is why I’m sharing this. It opens up a world of cookie shape possibilities. Want to make a robot cookie? Not a problem. A zombie? Easy. An anatomically correct heart? Well, don’t get too out of hand. Even cookies have limits.
There’ll definitely be more romantic baking ideas coming your way, wether you save them for just two or take them to a large potluck is up to you. Heck, I don’t care if you eat them all yourself. This is a good simple one to get started on though.
As you might suspect the playlists I’ll have to accompany all the recipes will be love related. Love is probably the most written about theme in music. Love and heartbreak. Making these playlists for you will be no problem, except for the fact that I tend toward liking the heartbreak songs more myself than the love songs. I’ll do my best. Because I love you.
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Lavender Is All You Need Cookies (With Honey)
Makes 2 dozen cookies