Well-fed from the Federal Way Farmers Market: Lavender Olive Oil Cookies
This week’s recipe features lavender and olive oil, both found at the Federal Way Farmers Market.
Visit the Federal Way Farmers Market from 9am to 3pm every Saturday through October to pick up the local ingredients needed for that week’s recipe.
The farmers market is located behind The Commons shopping center along South 324th Street in Federal Way.
Lavender Olive Oil Cookies (makes 18 cookies)
By Vickie Chynoweth
1/4 cup Greek extra virgin olive oil from old trees
1/4 lemon curd
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 teaspoons of Mountain Glow Lavender Farm dried lavender
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the ancient Greek extra virgin olive oil on medium speed for 30 seconds.
3. Add eggs and lemon curd, mix well. Add the sugar, lavender, baking soda, salt, lemon zest and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
4. Stir in the flour until well combined and the dough comes together when pinched.
5. Using your hands, shape the dough into 1- to 1 1/2-inch balls. Once a ball is formed, flatten it slightly with your palms. Place the dough 2 cm apart on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
6. Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
7. Transfer to a wire rack. Cool completely
How to dry lavender, tips from Mountain Glow Lavender Farm
First, make sure your lavender is an English variety (Lavandula angustifolia) that can be used for culinary purposes. When the flowers are half-bloomed, cut off a small bunch of lavender stems. Place a rubber band around the base of the lavender stems. Open the paper clip and use it to hang the lavender upside down by the rubber band. Hang lavender in a dry, well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight for 1-2 weeks until completely dry. You should be able to easily remove the lavender buds from the stems. These buds are what you will use for your culinary purposes.
To clean lavender buds, pick out any large, obvious stems, leaves, and other debris and use a sieve to sift through smaller debris. Then store the dried lavender buds in an airtight container in a dark place to preserve their beautiful color and fragrance.
Fresh lavender can be used in teas and lemonades without the need for drying. Simply cut lavender buds when the flowers are half-bloomed. There is no need to cut any of the stems with buds. Add the flowers to the tea infuser and enjoy!