Sunday, July 29, 2012

FAVORITES ON THE FIRST

 


The inspiration behind the Lavender Cookie Bars came from the Garden and Herb Fest that I attend each year. At the fest, they had many different food items made with herbs, including the lavender cookie bars. I didn't have a recipe, and was surprised I couldn't find anything similar on the internet, so played around with a few recipes and had success. Here's a picture below of the one I had at the fest, served ice cream sandwich style.



So, off I went to my lavender patch, and came up with this recipe.



 
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cups soft butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup white chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons chopped lavender

In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, with electric mixer, beat together butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture. Stir in chips. Spread evenly in an ungreased 15 x 10-inch shallow-rimmed pan. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool in pan. Cut into bars.

I topped my bars with black cherry ice cream which is my absolute favorite flavor (strawberry and chocolate are not too far behind). I opened the box of ice cream, and quickly cut it into slices. I placed the ice cream slices on a parchment lined cookie sheet, and put in the freezer until solid. Then I wrapped the slices individually with wax paper, and put in zip loc bags.
 
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

THello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

10 comments:

  1. Lavender did you say? I'm definitely going to make this one. Thanks for sharing your recipe! ~ Sarah

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  2. They are the prettiest bars. And they must smell heavenly while they bake!

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  3. Debbie, those bars look wonderful! What a perfect summertime dessert!! The herb fest must be so fun to attend and I'll bet you learn so much. Did you see my post on Rosemary's Baby? They're yummy citrus-rosemary cookies. I love cooking with herbs, too. xo
    p.s. I love your photos so much.

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  4. That beautiful ice cream is the perfect topper for those bars, Debbie! Gorgeous color and flavors.

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  5. What a beautiful cake or cookie square. They would be so pretty at a baby shower. I will keep this Lavender recipe!

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  6. Debbie ~ I love the color of the ice cream on your cookie bars! I'm bookmarking your recipe~ love your gazing globe in the background of your lavender photo :)

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  7. Debbie, like your choice of dishes too! LOL
    Thanks for the visit ~ Sarah

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  8. Yummeeee!
    I love this idea, Debbie!
    So completely English. I bought
    baking grade lavendar a couple years
    ago at a shop and planned to do something
    wonderful with it.... and it got old
    and I had to toss it!
    Wish I had this recipe then!
    Sounds terrific.
    Such pretty photos too.

    Thanks for sharing at Favorites on the First,
    Debbie!

    xoxox
    Alison

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  9. Very pretty and elegant! No doubt tasty too, I'd love to try one:@)

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  10. The black cherry ice cream with the lavender cookie bars sounds like a pair made in taste heaven!!! This sounds (and looks) great!!! I am just now getting around to linking over from Alison's. Love your plates, too!

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