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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

a cast of animal cookies, a long winded story and a giveaway!





A while back I came across a post done by one of my favourite bloggers about animal cookies. It took me only a second to recognize the cookie cutters that she used, as I had just bought a set for my mother for part of her mother's day gift.
I got so excited to see those cute animal cookie cutters come to life that I decided that I would go back to IKEA and buy a set for myself. But sadly they were all sold out.
So I waited and waited, hoping that they would be restocked and to my excitement they were....so I bought a set. Actually I bought four sets because I am weird like that and often buy multiples to keep on hand as quick and easy gifts to give to people.
And then, just the other night as I sat looking out the sliding door window into my garden and feeling somewhat sorry for myself that I didn't get to plant anything this summer, an idea came to me. Why not use the lavender that I planted last year for something?
I had never cooked with lavender but I had heard of people using it in ice cream and cookies, so I began to look up a recipes for lavender cookies. And then with the wheels turning in my head, I remembered Joni's post on animal cookies and I think you can guess where the rest of the story goes.
So without further adieu, I give you...

Lavender Lemon Shortbread Cookies

1 cup butter softened
1/3 cup of maple syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups of flour
a pinch of salt
1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers
1 teaspoon lemon zest

Cream the butter, maple syrup and vanilla together. Add in the lavender and lemon zest. Slowly add in the flour a cup at a time until the dough is formed. Separate into 2 balls. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 30 mins.
Preheat oven to 350. Roll out dough onto a floured surface. Use your favourite cookie cutters and lay the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake cookies for 5 mins. Check on them regularly.

And here's the exciting news for you! It's been a while since I've done a giveaway and because I bought a few extra sets, I'd like to give a set away to one reader. To enter the giveaway, tell me what your favourite type of cookie is. Leave a comment by Friday and I will choose one person to win the cookie cutters.
xox

UPDATE

The winner is Kerry from Young Ones.....congrats Kerry!

14 comments:

  1. Oh now, I would LOVE to win those. I haven't seen them at our IKEA but maybe they were just sold out. They are so darling.
    I'd love to try your recipe. I love ginger cookies but they seem so fallish to me. For summer, lemon sounds just about right!

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  2. My favourite cookie is a recent find from Pine Cone Camp blog for Yo Yo Cookies. All yummy vanilla-y and custardy with icing in the middle.

    I have never cooked with lavender. It sounds wonderful with lemon....

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  3. I have those same cookie cutters! They were a gift from a friend when we had our second boy. Last winter we made an army of those squirrels (about 10 dozen), iced them, and gave them away to friends and neighbours!

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  4. I love spicy ginger cookies.

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  5. Very cute little animals.
    Favorite cookie. Mmm...I'm not much of a baker. But I love the peanut butter cookies with a chocolate kiss. I could it about two dozen!

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  6. That recipe sounds like it would be amazing and even better when the cookies are shaped like animals! My favourite biscuit would have to be a chocolate afghan. They have the perfect crumbly texture and go great with a cup of coffee.

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  7. Lemony goodness, those look like a delight.

    Monster cookies are my fav! My mom always made them for me when I was a wee one. They are essentially oatmeal, peanut butter cookies with m&m's or choco chips. Nom Nom.

    (many prayers for you and your fam on the big move!)

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  8. i love ginger cookies. YUM!!!! although i have never had lavender cookies. i bet they smell pretty.
    Claudia

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  9. I have to pick a favorite??? I'm like a cookie monster! But I think I'd have to say that my favorite is chick pea chocolate chip cookies oh AND chocolate crackle cookies that my friend made me once but I can't because I don't have a kitchen aid and you sorta need one for that.

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  10. Those cookies sound yummy. There is a tie between my favorite cookies. It's between snickerdoodles and angel macaroons. My mother used to make us snickerdoodles in the Fall, and angel macaroons in the springtime.

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  11. How interesting to have lavender flowers in there! I am always a fan of good chocolate chip cookies :)

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  12. Oh! I would LOVE to win some fun animal cookie cutters!! I'd make some yummy chocolate animal cookies for the babies. I know just the recipe I'd start off with :) Its the same gluten free chocolate wafer recipe that I use for the base of my "thin mint" cookies. They're not MY favorite, but, the babies love them.

    MY favorite, right now, is peanut butter. Ohmahgosh, I can't get enough peanut butter cookies.

    Wait, so how did the lavander cookies turn out? I see that they LOOK good. But how did they taste?

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  13. Those cookies look very yummy! Were they? My favourite cookie is an old-fashioned down-east Molasses cookie. Yumm! I will check Ikea to see if they still have these. They have such adorable and unique stuff!

    I am also VERY interested in the chick pea chocolate chip cookie recipe mentioned by Visible Voice. That almost sounds like a healthy type of cookie!

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  14. SO cute!! Believe it or not, one of my fav cookies is lavender shortbread! I used to get them all the time from a local cafe called Black Honey.
    SO GOOD.
    I'm also a big fan of Oreos. I could eat ten packs. Oh dear.

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