Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Oh, my kitchen is a mess . . .

. . . but seeing the smiles on those little girls' faces makes it soooo worth it :D This morning I decided to (finally) bake another batch of those completely amazing almond butter cookies that were on Sugar (on the Food Network) one day. Very nutrient dense (only grassfed butter in this house ;) ). Here is my modified version of the recipe:

Almond Butter Cookies

  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sucanat
  • 1/3 cup pure almond butter
  • 1 x farm egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups whole grain spelt flour
  • 1/4 tsp celtic sea salt
  • 24 x whole almonds
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F.
  2. Cream butter and sucanat together until smooth. Beat in almond butter and egg and stir in vanilla extract. Sift in spelt flour and sea salt and combine until dough is soft and smooth.
  3. Roll cookies into 1-inch balls and place on a stoneware baking sheet. Press a whole almond into center of each cookie. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes on the center rack of the oven until cookies lightly brown around edges. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack.

While dd1 started the cookies, I set dd2 up to mix the solid ingredients for the playdough we were making. As soon as I set her up, dd1 decided she'd rather help her sister, so the girls happily and cooperatively (amazingly enough for a 1.5 and 3.5 year old!!) stirred their mixture of salt, flour and koolaid together while I got the cookie dough mixed. Dd2 decided she wanted to help me form the cookie balls, so I added the water and oil to the playdough mix for dd1 to stir in (she was enthralled by the color change - from a white powdery substance to green wherever the water touched it! How neat! Must be magic ;) ) We fried up the playdough while the cookies were in the oven. What a beautiful morning!
It does, I have to say, strike me as a touch ironic that we made sure to use unbleached organic flour with koolaid . . .

Playdough

  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 5 tbsp unbleached flour
  • 1/2 pkg koolaid (~1/2 tsp)
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp oil
Directions:
  1. Mix salt, flour and koolaid.
  2. Add boiling water and oil, and mix into a dough.
  3. Fry dough in oil for a few minutes until it loses its stickiness.

1 Comments:

Blogger ~Mommy~ said...

Yum!! I saw your recipe and had to call my husband, asking him to pick up some almonds! Can't wait to try it. :)

6:34 PM  

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