Now, honey as a food item is a given, but lavender? For a long time, I had been accustomed to the lavender scent in my candles and my body lotion, and it does have an inspired place in home and personal goods. But the first time that you open the oven door, and the same lavender aroma wafts out, you will realize – as I did – that lavender has just a valid place in the mixing bowl as it does in the aromatherapy lamp. I personally used culinary lavender from Purple Haze Lavender Farm here in Washington state.
And onto these lavender honey bunches: the oats are the third secret to the homey and slightly rustic feel of these cookies (I call them cookies even though they are baked in a muffin pan). All of the ingredients mesh together quite well, and the final treat is hearty and weighty, but without being overly heavy with the weight of butter or cream. If I lived in a farm house (on my ideal farm, complete with bees for honey, chickens for eggs, goats for cheese, cows for milk, and vegetables for my occasional foray into healthy eating), I could see myself standing in my kitchen overwhelmed with the floral scent of lavender and savoring every bite of these bunches.
Lavender Honey Bunches
2 cups flaked coconut