If you are a passionate baker, you probably have great recipes. Have you ever considered growing your own herbs to use in your cookies? You could make cookies so fresh and amazing that you’ll want to sell them. Of course, you’d need to weigh the pros and cons of starting a cookie business, but regardless, you can use fresh herbs to make cookies that will make people go “wow”.

Fresh Ginger

Ginger makes wonderful cookies – almost everyone loves ginger snaps. Imagine how wonderful they would be with fresh-grated ginger? You can easily grow ginger in your backyard, even if you’re not in the ideal climate.

First, you need to purchase ginger rhizomes from your local store, or you can find them online.  You’ll want large ones that have a lot of fingers. Find a spot that is shady, with good rich soil, to plant the rhizomes. You’ll want to do this in early spring. Slice off the fingers and select pieces that are about 1 to 2 inches long and have a bud or buds. Plant one foot apart in rows.

You’ll start seeing leaves in about a week, and your plants will grow up to four feet tall, with many of the roots above ground. Ginger can be harvested and used at any time.

Then, for ginger snaps or gingerbread, you can grate the ginger for use. You can also make a ginger paste for recipes.

Lavender

How do lavender meringue cookies sound? You can make a variety of cookies made with lavender. Lavender butter cookies, lavender sugar cookies with lavender icing, lavender and tea cookies, lavender shortbread cookies – the list goes on and on.

Lavender is easy to grow too. You can buy lavender plants at your local garden store, and simply plant them in an area with full sun. Make sure you get the edible herb species of lavender, rather than the decorative one. They’ll come back year after year.

Before you use the lavender in recipes, you’ll need to dry it. Pick the flowers when they’re still open and create bunches that you can tie with twine or a rubber band. Hang the bunches upside down in a cool, dark, dry place. Let them dry for one to two weeks.

Store it in sealed, dark containers. You should be able to use it in recipes for six to twelve months.

Rosemary

Rosemary is great in orange or lemon-flavoured cookies. Again, there is any number of rosemary cookie recipes that you can find or invent.

You can grow rosemary inside in a window herb garden. You can easily find pre-planted rosemary in containers at your local garden store. You can also plant them outside in a place where they’ll get plenty of sun. The plants cannot take extreme cold, so depending on your climate, you may want to grow your rosemary inside on a windowsill.

Mint

Mint chocolate chip cookies – yum!  Almost any cookie with chocolate in it can be made into a delightful, bright treat with some fresh mint.

Mint is easy to grow, just like rosemary. Mint is best grown in pots, whether indoors or outdoors. You can buy mint in small containers from your local garden store, and later transplant the plants to larger pots. They need plenty of sun, whether full or partial.

So, How About a Business?

If you’re thoughtful and creative enough with cookie recipes to be reading this and considering using herbs from your own garden, then you’re serious about your cookies. If baking cookies is your true passion, why not start a cookie business?  You can sell them locally, or sell them in tins online. You just need some packaging materials and ingredients, and perhaps your own website, or you can sell from your own Amazon store.

You’ll need to start marketing your business to find customers. You’ll probably get local word-of-mouth business from family and friends. You’ll also want to use social media to get some visibility for your business. Post on as many sites as you can including TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook. You can also do paid ads on those sites and do pay-per-click campaigns on Google. You should also get listed on Google My Business and Yelp. The key is to direct people to your website or to your Amazon store where they can see your products and place orders.

In Closing

Fresh herbs can enhance the flavour of cookies in many ways. Start experimenting with your recipes using herbs you buy from the store, and if you find them to be fabulous, start growing your herbs at home. If you decide to start a cookie business, being able to say that you bake your cookies with fresh herbs from your own garden will go a long way in helping you sell them. Everyone loves the thought of and taste of fresh ingredients. So, try putting your skills to work – you might be surprised how much money you can make!