Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Lavender Cookies

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Happy Thursday you all! Hope you are having a wonderful week as we gear up towards the Holidays coming up. This is a wonderful time of year to make cookies. I LOVE lemon. Like I could just nibble on little bits of lemon curd. I recently paired lemon with some blueberries, great combination. I also really enjoy lemon with lavender. The key is to have just the perfect amount of lavender. You don’t want it to be too in your face. Or too florally, like you are eating flowers. You want just a touch, so people are intrigued. Hmm… what’s the extra flavor I’m getting? We’re going for curiosity, not disgust.

These cookies are delicious on their own, they are nice and soft, but I added a little glaze to make them a little more festive and to get a tinge more lemon taste. SO good. It is very refreshing. They could be a nice little food gift if you know someone who needs vegan or gluten-free eats.

However, I was designing this recipe for someone interested in collaborating on vegan cookies. They were too soft for freezing or shipping, so they didn’t fit the bill on that. But they are my favorite vegan cookie I made (granted I really enjoyed the ones with white chocolate again- I definitely prefer white chocolate over chocolate). This cookie base could also be used for an assortment of other flavors. Maybe switch the lemon for orange, fold in a few cranberries (that’s a wonderful flavor combo for this season). Or maybe switch the lavender for the thyme and keep the lemon. Or maybe switch the lemon for lime and add some white chocolate. Who knows there are all kinds of different flavors you could do and you could rotate them throughout the year seasonally. Maybe freeze-dried raspberries and white chocolate. Who knows. Get creative with it. Use the flavors YOU like.

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Gluten-Free Lemon Meringue Tart with Lavender

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If you recall, last week I was on a smidge of kick making lemon-themed recipes. I started with the Blueberry Lemon Curd Dutch Baby (click the link to check it out). Today I have these beautiful Lemon Lavender Meringue Tarts, which I will be honest tempted me the most. They called my name repeatedly. And turning them down was really hard.

I am not typically a meringue fan, but this meringue with just egg whites and honey, was really light and airy, plus it wasn’t very sweet. The lemon had the very subtle taste of the lavender and was perfectly tart. Plus the crust on this. Crust is always my favorite part of a pie, but there was something just perfect texturally about it this time.

Next week I’ll end my lemon obsession with some delicious lemon bars.

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Lavender Hot Chocolate

007Round #3 of Lavender Week! Oh Indiana I love your unpredictable nature. Life is change and your relationship with uncertainty. We have to be able to adapt. Life is not stagnant no matter how much we try to be safe inside our little comfort zones, that’s not how it is. We are changing. Our cells are constantly changing. The body you have now will not be the same in 10 years, you can fight it, but this is the truth. Nature changes all the time. Life is change. So thank you Indiana for pushing me to believe my talk. Snow, again? Okay I can deal. I will show you my adaptability! Today I will stay inside and rock some delicious cold weather recipes. Like today. Baby it’s cold outside and I am warming myself with a bit of lavender hot chocolate. Change, uncertainty, I love you. Smells great. Tastes even better.  Perfection today.

Lavender Hot Chocolate