One of my resolutions this year was to cut back on sweets and only eat treats if I make them at home.That means setting aside time, getting ingredients and since I like to eat as locally as possible I already had Nash's flour, Grouse Mountain walnuts and dried cherries from Ayers Creek Farm. I probably could have found oats, too but three ingredients seemed enough and cookies seem the perfect way to start the new year.
Local flour is gaining popularity and the variety that grows best west of the Cascades is soft wheat, which is perfect for quick breads and cookies. Nash's flour seems to have even less gluten than the store brought variety. I usually add a bit more flour to the baked goods.
This was my walnut supply last fall.
The supply is dwindling.
This is my begging Cooking Assistant. He's a pro, and a good counter surfer, so he's not usually allowed in the kitchen when we're cooking.
I found the perfect cookie recipe in an old Betty Crocker cookbook that my dad once owned. I was surprised to see a cookbook on a shelf at house after he passed away. Dad was a great cook but he rarely used recipes. The was a mystery until I spotted the sticker on the front that said the book was a complimentary copy from Glendale Federal Savings.
Another thing dad liked was deals and freebies. He actually had two cookbooks from banks, making me wonder if banks today offer free cookbooks as incentives to investors.
Perhaps it's an idea that needs reviving.
Here's the recipe:
(Makes about 3 dozen cookies )
1/2 cup Earth Balance (butter sticks) or butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flax seed egg replacer (1 tbs ground flax seeds plus 3 tablespoons water, whipped together until frothy) or use 1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup shredded coconut or toasted walnuts
1/2 cup dried fruit (optional)
Heat oven to 375F. Mix thoroughly Earth Balance and sugar. Blend in egg replacer and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredients.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoonson an ungreased baking sheet. Each cookie should 2 inches apart to allow for expansion.