Herbal Flower Cookies

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I baked some cookies for our annual school open house and they turned out so good, I wanted to share the recipe! This gluten free recipe combines three aromatic flowers that made my kitchen smell amazing. They taste delicious, with a hint of tartness. For an extra decadent treat, Herbal Flower Cookies can be frosted with Lavender Frosting.

Herbal Flower Cookies Recipe

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cups brown rice flour
  • ¾ cups tapioca starch
  • ¾ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ¼ cup tapioca starch (for kneading)
  • 1 ounce dried herbal flowers. I used equal parts lavender, hibiscus and rose petals

You Will Need:

  • Smaller and larger bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Coffee grinder or blender
  • Mixer
  • Rolling pin
  • Plastic wrap
  • 2 ungreased cookie sheets

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°
  2. Powder the flowers in a blender or coffee grinder.
  3. In the smaller bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, xanthan gum, salt and flowers. Set aside.
  4. In the larger bowl, cream the sugar and coconut oil. I just warmed my coconut oil to have it mix in easier.
  5. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  6. Knead in enough of the tapioca starch to make the dough easy to roll out.
  7. Put plastic wrap over the ball and roll it out to about 1/8 inch think.
  8. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters or the rim of a glass.
  9. Bake for approximately 13 minutes, letting cool before taking them off the cookie sheet.

Lavender Frosting Recipe

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter or butter substitute
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 teaspoons lavender hydrosol
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pinch salt

Directions:

  1. Place the butter or butter substitute in a bowl and whip with the mixer on medium speed until creamy.
  2. Slowly add the confectioners sugar and continue mixing for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the vanilla, lavender hydrosol and lavender essential oil. Mix well, stopping to scrape the sides on the bowl.
  4. Frost cookies, sprinkling a few lavender flowers on top if you wish.
  5. Enjoy!

© Elaine Sheff, Clinical Herbalist 2017

ElaineAbout the Author:
The author of several books on herbal medicine and healing, clinical herbalist Elaine Sheff has been passionate about sharing herbal knowledge for over 25 years. Her latest book is Naked: Botanical Recipes for Vibrant Skin and Healthy Hair. Elaine is the Co-Director of Green Path Herb School, located in Missoula, MT, where she strives to inspire and empower students and clients to remember their connection to the earth, the plants and their own healing process. As a certified Instructor of the Natural Family Planning and Fertility Awareness Methods, Elaine has helped many couples to avoid or achieve pregnancy naturally. An artist and writer, Elaine has written numerous articles about her family’s journey with epilepsy and a special needs child. You can often find her bent over an herb in her garden or marveling at small flowers in mountain meadows with her husband and sons.


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