We have an abundance of lilac bushes in our backyard right now and since the fragrant flowers don’t last long we wanted to start using them in drinks and homemade baked treats! Working with fresh flowers is amazing and what is even more exciting is that they are edible and you can indulge all of your senses. The taste is pretty subtle when baked and brewed, so if you’re looking for a big punch of lilac flavor then add some fresh flowers as garnish directly onto your cookies, and into your glass.


In this blog we will be sharing a vegan sugar cookie recipe, using lilac sugar. You will need to make the lilac sugar ahead of time. If you want make the lilac sugar fast so that you can start baking, dry it outside within hours on a sunny day, on a baking sheet directly in the sun. Otherwise it will take a few days to dry the flower pedals inside.


At the bottom of this blog you’ll also find two different ways to brew up lilac tea, a cold brew and hot brew method.

We hope you enjoy these lilac recipes as much as we do!



Vegan Lilac Cookies


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (112g) Vegan Butter

  • 3/4 cups (150g) Sugar

  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

  • 2 cups (250g) All Purpose Flour

  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda

  • 1/4 tsp Salt

  • 3 Tbsp Soy Milk (or other non-dairy milk)

  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of lilac sugar (sprinkle as much as you’d like!)





Lilac Sugar


Before you can bake the cookies, prepare the Lilac Sugar:


Creating the lilac sugar takes at least an afternoon in the sun, or two days inside to dry! So you’ll need to plan ahead and do this step first before creating these lilac cookies!


Ingredients:

  • sugar - 1/2 cup

  • lilac flowers - roughly 1 cups of flowers stems removed

We like to double this recipe to have leftovers for another time,



Direction

  1. Cut fresh lilac from the branch, one cluster should be good enough.

  2. Wash the flowers well. Shake dry.

  3. Cut the flowers finely, or Process them in a food processor.

  4. Lay the lilacs onto parchment paper that is in a tray or pan, and sprinkle generously with the sugar. Making sure the flowers are laid flat, and spaced out if possible.

  5. Allow it to air dry completely in direct sun on a hot spring or summer day, for quick drying. It will take a full afternoon. Or you can allow it to dry inside over 2-3 days.

  6. Make sure you check on it, flip it over and breaking up clumps occasionally.

  7. The dry time will vary, when dry transferred it to an air-tight container.