Lavender Hibiscus Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Merry Christmas (to those who celebrate it)! A new Como Water reader recently sent me an email pointing out that the site has a lot of desserts. Admittedly, that is the largest category on the blog, but her perception is definitely impacted by the season. You see in December I make a lot of holiday gifts–most of which are desserts. So, noooooooo, people, I’m not eating all of the desserts I post (at least not the entire portions :D).

These cookies are a case in point–my neighbor recently had a darling little baby girl and in thinking about a gift, I thought about how I could give the gift of relaxation. I had mamma in mind when I used up the last of my hibiscus and lavender petals to make these cookies. They are sweet and fragrant, and honestly, who doesn’t just adore the smell of cookies baking? So, I actually made the cookie dough and wrapped it in foil, then tissue paper, and a bow. That way, my neighbor could slice them off and indulge as she pleased. They were a hit and I was happy I could make my neighbors and their new lil addition smile!

Now, back to the kitchen for me! Oh, and stay tuned to my January posts, when the sweets take a back seat to veggies. Lots and lots of veggies!

Lavender Hibiscus Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Printable Recipe)

Ingredients:

  1. 1/2 cup Earth Balance (or butter)–softened
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1 1/2 cups flour
  8. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons hibiscus petals–finely chopped
  10. 3/4 teaspoon lavender petals–finely chopped
  11. 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  12. 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  13. turbinado sugar for sprinkling

Method:

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, cream Earth Balance, sugar, and syrup until smooth. Stir in the egg and vanilla extract. Set aside.

*In a second bowl, mix flour, salt, baking soda, petal, and chips. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Stir to combine. Cover bowl with plastic wrap or foil. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

*Drop cookies onto cookie sheet, leaving at least two inches in between dough. Sprinkle the top with turbinado sugar. Bake 9-12 minutes. Enjoy!


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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!

Comments

  1. Such a thoughtful gift! Love that you added hibiscus and lavender…yummy twist on a classic. Yeah, if I ate everything I baked, I’d be as big as a house :)

  2. Wow hibiscus and lavender… what amazing ingredients. :) I hope had a very Merry Christmas my friend!!

  3. I love lavender and hibiscus..these cookies sound and look delicious!
    Happy Holidays to you too!

  4. LOL Hey, you don’t have to justify what you feel like posting on your blog. Personally, I’ve rather enjoyed your desserts as well.

    Hibiscus grows in my garden year round. I never thought to put them in my chocolate chip cookies. :)

  5. Hope I am not sounding too opinionated but it’s your blog so for heavens sake, post whatever recipes you wish! That’s all in the joy and freedom of blogging!

    As for the scrumptious cookie, the floral highlights paired with the chocolate chips are enchanting! A sweet and feminine cookie, perfect for a new mom.