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A few years back I was at work and a co-worker had just returned from the farmers market with a bag of lavender. She told me about a lavender shortbread recipe that her mother always made. Since then, whenever I pass the little lavender stand at the Union Square Greenmarket, I always think of that shortbread. Last week, I decided to just buy a bunch of it myself and make a few recipes.

The first recipe was using the fresh lavender. The smell was so blissfully wonderful and permeated my entire Teeny Tiny Kitchen.
I am constantly inspired by Joy the Baker, and I tried her recipe for Lavender Shortbread Cookies. The dough was very similar to that of a sugar cookie and even with my limited counter space, I was able to roll and cut them out.

 

 

 

The second recipe was for Happy Tuesdays (gluten and dairy free) was from another one of my favorites, Elana’s Pantry. I love her recipes because they are super simple, have less than 10 ingredients, and take less than 20 minutes to make. Glee! I also recently picked up a bag of almond flour at Trader Joes, and this was a perfect fit for cookie making! I’m always a little stunned when people enjoy the ‘healthy’ cookies that I sneak in. The almond flour is a great alternative to wheat flour because it is low carb and still provides essential fatty acids that your body needs. The agave has a low glycemic index which = no sugar rush! Bliss all around.

1 ¼ cups blanched almond flour
¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons dried lavender, finely minced
¼ cup grapeseed oil
3 tablespoons agave nectar
1 tablespoon lemon zest
  1. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl
  2. Stir together wet ingredients in a smaller bowl
  3. Mix wet ingredients into dry
  4. Form ½ inch balls and press onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  5. Bake at 350° for 7-10 minutes
  6. Cool and serve

 

 

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Written by Tammi Shamblin

Shammy Tamblin, the dancing wonder, moved to NYC eight years ago and has loved it here ever since. Originally from CA, she lived with Mormons in the land of Utah while studying ballet at the University of Utah. She now lives in her favorite neighborhood in NYC, the East Village, in her very own studio apartment. She gets to make a living doing what she loves, teaching children the art of ballet. She loves to bake, dance like a dork, and dance on stage with ad hoc Ballet, discover new great restaurants and bars in NYC, and spend time with friends.