Lavender Chocolate Chip Cookies

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The flavour of these cookies is just incredible. If you love chocolate and if you love lavender or want to try it, you may want to have a go at this recipe. It is easy and quick and the smell of melting chocolate and lavender that fills the house when it is baking is unforgettable.

Adapted from www.happyvalleylavender.com

Makes approximately 3 dozen

½ cup real butter [I used unsalted]
½ cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp dried sweet lavender flowers(or 3-4 Tbsp fresh flowers)
1 large egg
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup oatmeal [I used buckwheat flour]
1 ½ cups white flour
¾ tsp baking powder
1 generous cup good chocolate chips[I had a dark chocolate bar set aside for baking. I put it in a thick plastic bag and gave it a good pounding with a meat hammer!]
In a bowl blend butter, sugar and lavender until smooth. Add egg, milk and vanilla.

In a second bowl, mix oatmeal or buckwheat flour, white flour and baking powder. Add chocolate chips to this dry mix.

Blend both mixes together to form soft dough. If it is too sticky, add a bit more flour.

Drop by teaspoons onto baking tray. Bake at 350° F, 10 minutes for soft cookies or 15 minutes for crisp ones.

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Variations:

Add 3 or 4 pieces of crystallized ginger, finely chopped OR the grated zest of one orange, OR 1 cup nuts, raisins, coconut or dried sweetened cranberries. For a chocolate dough base, add ½ cup of cocoa powder in with flour and sugar, and decrease the chocolate chip amount slightly.

Enjoy! Xxxx Natascha

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