You know, I feel very fortunate to be able to say that life is quite rad. And so are these cookies. Yes, rad. I think it’s time for that word to come back in rotation. Spread it around. After baking these cookies.
Yesterday I made a batch of My Morning Jolt Cookies (peanut butter, coffee, oatmeal, chocolate chips… they’re gangbusters) to take along to my friend’s company where I was interviewing some filmmakers for a project I’m working on. It’s exciting and exhausting; assessing working potential, trying to find the chemistry needed for a creative partnership of this kind. Makes me both grateful to not be on the other side of the casting table (though auditions are a totally different beast) while finally understanding the “please let the next person who walks in the door be the ONE” thing.
I also had a delightful phone appointment with my doctor (hi, Dominiques!) who once again reminded me how rad he is (see, the more I use it the greater the chances are you’ll accidentally start using it yourself and it will take over your social jargon). I had been nervous to catch up with him since I haven’t been quite as good with my body lately as I should be. We had started working together during my last serious bout of illness, and it took a long time for me to get on my feet again. So it was incredibly reassuring to hear him say that, despite said slipping habits, my current health is a testament to all the time and energy we put in for those many months and years, and I deserved a little break from the hardcore discipline to deal with some stuff. Rad.
I topped off the evening by listening to some delightful bluegrass down in the village (The Six Deadly Venoms, check them out) with the company of someone who… well let’s just say I really enjoyed myself. And though my late night led to starting late this morning, I’m pretty cool with life right now.
Which, for some horrific reason, inspired Billy Joel to start singing in my head. I must go turn on some Frenchie jazz music asap and get to
work a nap. So before I go, here’s my new favorite cookie recipe.
A few days ago I bought a big, beautiful bag of cornmeal to make a pie crust for an event this weekend, only to open my pantry and see a big, beautiful bag of cornmeal making eyes at me forlornly. As as I seldom use this kind of flour, I figured there was no time like the present to get started.
After yesterday’s success with the peanut butter I figured I’d move it a step to the left and use some of my favorite Trader Joe’s almond butter along with the cornmeal and other gluten-free flours I’d be blending. The combo produced a soft, perfectly sweet (mildly), simple cookie with a delicious crumble. They’re gluten-free, contain no refined sugar, and have some extra protein and fiber thanks to the almonds and the flours.
Start to finish it took me about 35 minutes to make 36 of these little babies. Though making one HUGE cookie sounds really fun right now too.
- 1/2 cup almond meal / flour
- 1/2 cup cornmeal flour
- 1/2 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup arrowroot flour
- 1/2 cup millet flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 tsp xathan gum
- 12 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup smooth almond butter
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 slivered almonds
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats.
- In a medium bowl, combine flours cornmeal, baking powder, salt and xanthan gum. Whisk thoroughly to combine.
- In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the butter and almond butter on high until smooth and incredibly fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. It should look incredibly light – like a dark whipped cream.
- Add the maple syrup and continue to beat until the mixture expands a bit and, again, looks incredibly light and fluffy (there’s really no better way to describe than light and fluffy, evidently, this morning).
- Stop the mixer, scrape down, and pour in the flour mixture. Beat on low until it start to incorporate, then at medium speed until completely combined.
- Fold in slivered almonds.
- Drop by rounded tablespoons onto prepared sheets.
- Baking two at at time, bake for 8 minutes. Then use spatula to press down on cookies (if desired, this will make them a bit crispier) and rotate the sheets (flip them top and bottom on racks and then turn them around so the cookies bake evenly).
- Bake for 8 more minutes, or until slightly browned.
- Cool on sheets for a few minutes, then remove to cool completely.
- Carob Cupcakes with Almond Butter Filling (thedustybaker.com)
- Gluten-and-Dairy-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (thedustybaker.com)