Looking for a dandelion flower recipe? Try these delicious and easy dandelion petal and lemon cookies with kale lemon drizzle.
The mild floral dandelion flavour goes well with the tart lemon in these vegan oaty cookies.
I was juicing kale and added it to my sweet lemon drizzle to make these cookies even more special.
You can't taste the kale, but it makes a beautiful green colour and the lemon drizzle is a bit less sharp than usual because the kale juice means less is needed for the right consistency.
Cookies with leafy greens and sunny petals.
Those sunny yellow pests of the garden.
Bright yellow dandelion petal heads that were fun to flick at my sisters when I was a child, resulting in the bitter dandelion stem milk getting on my hands and eventually, regrettably, on my tongue.
Dandelions are the scourge of the pristine gardener.
However, I'm more of a wild gardener (read: I try, but I forget to water anything and I have no idea what I'm doing, yet).
I've recently moved into a house with enough garden to scare me.
cookies from the backyard
I've slowly tamed the wild garden of the new house, but allowed some of the dandelions to remain for now.
I'll dig them up properly soon, perhaps to attempt to turn the ground, dried roots into coffee - should time and inclination converge.
I began to rid the garden of dandelions some weeks ago, but I went out early one evening and their little heads were closed and bowed with begging submission.
I realised that I was about to bin perfectly edible food.
So I waited until they were open and joyful then baked them into vegan cookies for this dandelion flower recipe.
Dandelions are around in April and May.
Perhaps yours are starting to turn to fluffy seed heads, perhaps your lawn is still bright with jolly yellow petals.
But there isn't much time. Not if you want to make this dandelion flower recipe.
Make haste and pick them while they last; forage for free food in your own backyard.
Eat the petals, eat the greens. The greens are deliciously bitter and full of iron while the petals have a milder flavour.
Just be careful where you pick them.
Some councils spray them with nasties and you also don't want any that have grown by a busy, polluted road.
I got mine from my own garden. Nasty-free.
How to pick petals for a dandelion flower recipe
- Pick the dandelions on a sunny morning so they are open and easier to pull the petals from.
- Hold the green leaves and pull off the yellow petals or snip them with scissors.
- Check out this guide to foraging dandelions.
- Dandelions are around in April and May.
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Get the dandelion flower recipe for lemon cookies!
Dandelion Petal and Lemon Cookies with Kale Lemon Drizzle
For the cookies
- ¼ cup dandelion petals washed
- 2/3 cup (150ml) vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup (75g) caster sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 cup (80g) oats
- 1 cup (115g) all purpose (plain) flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
For the kale and lemon drizzle
- ½ tablespoon freshly juiced kale
- 1 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 cup (65g) powdered icing sugar
- Preheat oven to 425F / 220C. Line baking sheets with baking paper.
- Whisk the oil, sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and zest together until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, salt and dandelion petals.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir to combine.
- Drip teaspoons of the mixture onto the lined baking sheets. Gently press down with the back of a fork. Cook 7-10 minutes or until beginning to turn golden.
- Cool on the sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the kale and lemon drizzle:
- Mix all ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over the cooled cookies.