Lacy, Lovely and So Easy

April 10th, 2009

Here’s another little lavender something I whipped up before my trip to bring to my best friend in New York.

Surprisingly healthy! Really!

Surprisingly healthy! Really!

While I don’t particularly like some forms of alternative baking (especially vegan…you want me to bake something with NO EGGS? HAHAHA…no) I do enjoy the challenge of baking for my best friend and mom, who both have an allergy to wheat, among other things. So I was excited when I came across a recipe for flourless oatmeal lace cookies in my copy of The Joy of Cooking during the four day power outage in February. I immediately made a note about them, adding “lavender?” onto the end.

Oatmeal makes them an acceptable part of a healthy breakfast!...Right?

Oatmeal makes them an acceptable part of a healthy breakfast!...Right?

In the baking-frenzied days leading up to my trip, I realized they would be perfect to bring along in a little tin, so I made them. And they were goooood. So good that when I offered Z one that wouldn’t fit in the tin, he asked if I could make him his own batch. I haven’t yet, but I will. Maybe once the macarons are gone. Though first I have to make chocolate chip cookies with some incredible chocolate disks I picked up.

Perfect with tea, but then, what isn't?

Perfect with tea, but then, what isn't?

These cookies would be perfect to pack in a lunchbox or on a picnic because they’re so small. Which also makes them adorable. Little tiny disks of oatmealy, lavender-scented goodness! What could be better?

Packed in like sardines. Actually, nothing like sardines.

Packed in like sardines. Actually, nothing like sardines.

And must I say that these are really easy to make? As in, one bowl (plus mortar & pestle) easy? Perfect for Inexperienced Bakers and Those Who Loathe Dishwashing alike. Or just anyone who wants a batch of tasty, crispy little springtime cookies.

Lavender Lace Cookies (adapted from the Joy of Cooking)

These guys escaped the tin. But not my mouth. Omnomnom.

These guys escaped the tin. But not my mouth. Omnomnom.

2/3 cup sugar

1/2 tsp dried lavender

1 egg

2 tsp melted butter

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup unsweetened dessicated coconut

2/3 cup raw oats

Preheat the oven to 350. Grind together the sugar and lavender in a mortar & pestle until the lavender is finely crushed throughout the sugar. Set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, beat the egg. Add the lavender sugar and mix well. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat (I tried both and preferred the Silpat since it yields a more evenly golden, shiny bottom) and drop the dough by half-teaspoons about an inch apart. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden brown. Allow to cool fully before removing from sheet. Makes about 2-3 dozen.

There’s really no reason not to bake these up as soon as possible and take them on a nice little picnic. It’s lovely and sunny outside here. I recommend bringing along a thermos of tea and a couple of mismatched fancy china cups to pour into. Or, if it’s rainy and yucky where you are, enjoy them inside with tea – their springy flavor will remind you that rain doesn’t last forever and things will be just a little bit greener and more alive once it does stop.

My goodness, I’m optimistic today.

4 Responses to “Lacy, Lovely and So Easy”

  1. I love lacy cookies as they’re usually so buttery good. Good to know that they’re easy to make too! They must have been so impressed! :D

  2. Y says:

    Those look great! I love oatmeal and coconut in cookies.

  3. Thanks so much for the suggestion to try these cookies! I think they would make a great base for my coconut lime cookies. These look absolutely delicious… I think I might have to try the original recipe, too!

  4. Joy says:

    I used light brown sugar and these turned out delicious, crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. It took me the third pan to get it how I expected lace cookies to be – flat, lacy-looking, and about 2.5in in diameter. I used a leveled teaspoon amount then flattened them before going into the oven. Turned out great!

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