CHAMOMILE MOON COOKIES // MERYL DAVIS
Chamomile Moon Cookies
Hi everyone! My name is Meryl Davis and I’m very happy to be joining my friends at Sweet Laurel Bakery today! First, let me introduce myself a little. In 2014, my longtime skating partner, Charlie White, and I capped off our nearly two-decade long competitive ice dance career with a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Since then, we’ve been fortunate enough to share our love of the ice with skating fans worldwide as we’ve traveled with several international figure skating tours. I finally graduated with a degree in anthropology from the University of Michigan in the spring of 2020 after chipping away slowly but surely over the years amid travel, training and competition. After finishing school, and at the beginning of the pandemic, I decided to fiddle with something I’d always wanted to embrace: writing! Now, almost exactly a year later, my first children’s book just debuted and I’m very honored to share it with you.
“Moon Walk,” is essentially a message from parent to child, or children, and is meant to act as a catalyst for openness and a trusting relationship that will continue to blossom over time. As I sat and thought about the difficult state of our world in the spring of 2020, this story came together naturally as I drew upon my cherished relationship with my own parents and the investment they began early on to ensure I knew that I could come to them with anything. Whether Covid-related or otherwise, I know that parents around the world are working to broach challenging conversations with their children and that a having a trusted parent, grandparent or guardian can make all the difference in helping young people to face obstacles that may come their way. After signing with my publisher, I reached out to the ladies as Sweet Laurel Bakery to inquire about a potential collaboration. Having been a fan of Sweet Laurel, and the inspiring women behind it, for years now, it felt like a wonderful time to connect. I couldn’t have imagined anything more magical or delicious to celebrate the launch of my first children’s book than the Chamomile Moon Cookies Laurel created to accompany this story. My hope is that both baking some delicious Moon Cookies and reading “Moon Walk” with your little one will help to facilitate some special memories and quality time for you to share. Happy baking and reading! Best, Meryl xo
2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup melted coconut oil or avocado oil
1/4 100% maple syrup
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tablespoon crushed chamomile (I used chamomile from a tea bag)
Coconut Buttercream –
1/4 cup of coconut butter
2 teaspoons of 100% maple syrup or honey
1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/4 cup of full-fat coconut milk
1/4 teaspoon of turmeric
To make the cookies –
In a bowl, stir all the ingredients together until dough forms. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a cutting board, and place dough on the parchment paper. Top the dough with another sheet of parchment paper, and roll out dough with a rolling pink unit about 1/2 thick.
Place the dough in fridge for about 20-30 minutes. (This is a great time to make your buttercream!)
When you are ready to cut out your cookies, preheat oven to 350 and prepare a cookie sheet by lining with parchment paper. Remove the dough from fridge and take off top layer of parchment. Using a biscuit cutter, circular cookie cutter or a small cup, press round circle shape into the dough. To make crescent shapes, using a metal spatula, take one of the cut out circles and place on a cookie sheet. Using the same circular cutter, press the cutter about 1/2 inch from the edge of the circle, making a ‘crescent moon’ shape. Repeat with other circles. You can mix up your circle patterns! Any scraps can be re rolled out, refrigerated for a bit and then pressed.
Bake cookies for about 5-8 minutes. The crescent shapes tend to bake fast so watch them
To make the coconut buttercream –
Mix all ingredients except turmeric over very low heat. Allow to cool. *If too thick, add a bit more coconut milk.
If you’d like your icing to be a soft yellow, whisk in turmeric to color the buttercream.
Decorate your cookies with icing and top with fresh, organic chamomile flowers!
There you have it! My favorite new bedtime treat, Chamomile Moon Cookies.
Click here to purchase “Moon Walk”. I can already tell it will be a family favorite!
To learn more about Meryl, be sure to follow her on Instagram.