In My Kitchen: Honey Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Hi everyone, I'm excited to share these cookies with you! They're not exactly the most autumnal cookies ever, but they ARE delicious and who ever said you can only have pumpkin pie in the fall anyway? I don't know either so here's a delicious recipe for you to enjoy all year round!

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What you'll need:

Flour, sugar, honey, butter, salt, lavender. Just six simple ingredients to make a tasty treat! But how much of each?

  • 1 cup softened butter (that's 2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of dried lavender (I buy mine from my local food co-op but if you don't have one in your area, head on over to Under a Tin Roof to order some online!)

Mix softened butter, sugar, and honey in a large bowl. Add flour and salt and mix with mixer again. Next, add lavender and mix in with spoon so to not destroy the lavender flowers with the mixer. Also, if you haven't made cookies like this, don't worry - it's not creamy. It will look clumpy until you knead it all together with your heads. I guess that was the next step :) After you get your mix into a ball, place in freezer for a half hour.

Preheat your oven to 325 and when it's ready, pull out your cookie dough and make balls about 1" in diameter and then flatten with your hands to make a circle. You can use cookie cutters if you like a more shaped, polished look to the cookie. Place them in lightly greased parchment paper on a cookie sheet; leaving about a half inch to an inch distance between cookies.

When you're all done, place in the oven for about 15-20 minutes until lovely golden brown.

You can eat warm but they'll be a lot gooier than if you let them completely cool and refrigerate. Either way it's completely enjoyable and lovely!

I hope you all enjoy making these sweet and delicious little cookies!

These cookies were my own take on a recipe from The Baker Upstairs.

 

In My Kitchen: Simple Homemade Applesauce (No Fuss, No Special Equipment!)

We told Silas he could have a treat for being good but this time, instead of reaching for some kind of snack he thinks is a treat, I decided to make him some applesauce since he loves apples and we recently took a trip to the apple orchard (different blog post about that coming soon.)

This recipe's so so simple and only takes about a half-hour start to finish. In this case, I went to use about 10 apples but saw that Silas was getting cranky so I decided to just finish peeling the second one that was already in my hand and just made a small batch.

I told you, it was a small batch!

I told you, it was a small batch!

As mentioned in the title, this is a no-fuss recipe which means I didn't use any canning equipment or any electric processors. Anything made like this would need to be consumed within a week for safety reasons.

What you'll need:

  1. As many apples as you choose (in this case, just 2 for a little snack) and whatever varietals you choose (try mixing and matching for a more complex flavor!)
  2. Mixing bowl
  3. Handheld peel, paring knife, or whatever you already have on deck for peeling
  4. Potato masher
  5. Small pot with lid
  6. Cinnamon (optional)
  7. Apple cider (optional)
  8. Jar or other container with a tight fitting lid

To begin:

Make sure your apples are really clean, and that your jar or container is also very clean and sanitized (this is particularly important if you do wish to can your applesauce.)

My favorite apron, ever. Get yours at  CLOTH  or at  Lil Bellies  (both companies are linked to the apron.)

My favorite apron, ever. Get yours at CLOTH or at Lil Bellies (both companies are linked to the apron.)

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Now that you've washed your apples, peel them and set them aside to be chopped.

Instructions:

You've probably already completed the first two steps but here they are outlined below.

  1. Wash your apples
  2. Peel them next and set aside
  3. Chop your apples into about 1" pieces making sure none of the core or seeds are left in
  4. Place chopped apples in a small to medium pot and cover them with about 1" or less water or cider or both (make sure that the liquid is only just enough to fill to the same line the apples are.)
  5. Turn range to high and cover - get the apples really going. Once it's really going, turn down just a little to medium to medium-high.
  6. Set timer for 20 minutes and be careful to gently stir every now and again to make sure the apples don't burn to the bottom
  7. Once the twenty minutes are up, pour the apples into your mixing bowl and mash with a potato masher (your apples should be soft enough that it forms the apple sauce almost instantly - you shouldn't have to add any muscle at all.)
  8. Add cinnamon to taste and stir in. You can also add a little bit of sugar if you'd like but I think you'll find it's not necessary
  9. Pour the apple sauce into your jar/container or serve as a warm desert!

AND THAT'S IT. SO SIMPLE!

Thanks for reading, I hope you all enjoy!

XoXo,

Ashley

In My Kitchen: Honey Cinnamon Butter Recipe

You guys, I've had a lot of requests for my Honey Cinnamon Butter recipe. Apparently a lot of folks buy this as a seasonal novelty and I will say, I tend to make it as a seasonal novelty BUT you can totally make it yourself within minutes - less than ten minutes, people! It almost seems silly to dedicate a whole blog post to this but I will because I love you and there's no reason not to make it yourself!

Super quick and easy!

Super quick and easy!

There are so many variations of this recipe, some people like to use powdered sugar but I skip it and just stick with the essentials.

Silas sneaking in for a taste. (He totally had a tantrum right after this as soon as I took it away.)

Silas sneaking in for a taste. (He totally had a tantrum right after this as soon as I took it away.)

So here's the super quick and easy recipe:

Honey Cinnamon Butter

What you'll need: one stick of room temperature butter; one small mason jar, 1/2 cup any honey varietal of your choice; ground cinnamon. Also, a hand mixer makes for a nice consistency but it's not necessary.

  1. Place room temperature butter in small mixing bowl
  2. Measure just UNDER 1/2 cup of honey. I love using different varietals-each varietal will give you a slightly different flavor but Tupelo honey is my favorite to use with it
  3. Pour honey into butter in mixing bowl
  4. Add a few pinches of cinnamon to your liking
  5. Mix well
  6. Give your toddler a taste
  7. Spoon into mason jar and refrigerate

And that's it. Literally just a minute or two for delicious honey butter! 

I normally keep regular butter in a butter dish outside of the refrigerator but I like to keep this refrigerated and pull out a little while before use to soften. There's no real hard expiration time - just use your judgement. If it smells like it's time to toss, it probably is!

Enjoy, loves!

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