Cookie Identity Crisis

Posted on August 16, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Howdy, ya’ll. Damn I miss Georgia and all their accents 😦 Can’t get away speaking like that up here. People always say “when you go to college, you can be anybody you want,” so does that mean I can go and put on a Southern accent for the next  years? Intriguing…

If you thought I was lying about my oven heating when I was blogging yesterday, well pop goes your bubble, lol. I put down the laptop, picked up the pans, and got to work. Like the title suggests, these cookies have a myriad of possible names. The original recipe was Maple Quinoa Cookies With Pecans. Well, these don’t have quinoa or pecans, so I’ll pass on that. If I was trying to be descriptive, I’d call them 4-Grain Maple Apple Vegan Cookies, but I can only fit so much in one breath. I think for now I’ll keep it simple at Maple Morning Cookies(alliteration, who doesn’t love that?).

Ingredients:

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

3/4 cup maple syrup

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup flaxmeal

1/2 cup wheat germ, toasted

40oz dried apple slices, diced

The Dough

The Dough

Preheat your oven to 325. In a small bowl, whisk together the vegetable oil, applesauce, maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Add in the oats, flaxmeal, and wheat germ and mix. Pour the maple syrup mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well. Throw in the apples and mix until evenly distributed. Drop onto lined cookie sheets and bake until firm to the touch, about 18 minutes. The recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Maple Morning Cookies

Maple Morning Cookies

Let’s get rid of the elephant in the room and point out the dynamite nutrition these cookies bring to the table; eat one of these and you’re doing good on your recommended daily values of whole grains, Omega-3’s, folic acid, and so much more. That aside, I really liked the flavor these had. They were subtly sweet, with a bit of a nuttiness, and the texture is surprisingly puffy and soft. The apples add a nice tough and sweet contrast to the base. If you’re really looking for something sweet I’d up the maple syrup or add brown sugar. But I think these are perfect breakfast cookies, like the name implies. The Summer can be a not-so-oatmeal-friendly time, so I welcome any new ways to get whole grains in the morning. 1 or 2 of these with some yogurt, fruits, and nuts would make a great and tasty way to start the day.

I feel like I should mention the Newman’s Own Organic product I used:

Newman's Own Organic Dried Apples

Newman's Own Organic Dried Apples

I don’t like eating dried fruit alone as a snack; I’d much rather have the real, hydrated thing. That being said, I love baking with dried fruits because of their concentrated flavor and obvious health benefits. And, while it’s not always the easiest on the wallet, I think it’s great to incorporate ingredients into baked goods whenever possible. Homemade has lost almost all its meaning in recent times; people are tricked into using prepackaged mixes and ingredients that are loaded with artifical flavors, preservatives, and colors, that they don’t even know are there. I don’t keep high fructose corn syrup or artificial cherry flavoring in my cupboards, so I don’t want to bake products with them, but that’s sometimes what ends up happening. That makes using organic products all the better because I could give these cookies to the neighbors really knowing what was in them.

All baked out, I sat down to lunch:

Bluefish And Spinach Wrap, 1/2 Sweet Potato, Maple Morning Cookie

Bluefish And Spinach Wrap, 1/2 Sweet Potato, Maple Morning Cookie

I’m getting a lot better about eating leftovers even though I hate having them. It annoys me so much that my mom buys more fish or meat than a family of 3 could/should eat, cooks it all, and then makes it a point to save the leftovers even though we all know she won’t be the one to eat them. Well I guess i can’t complain too much because I got a decent lunch thanks to the leftover fish. Then I said goodbye to a dear friend during dessert:

Stonyfield White Chocolate Raspberry Frozen Yogurt

Stonyfield White Chocolate Raspberry Frozen Yogurt

*sniffle* *sniffle* Ok, I’m done, this just gave me an excuse to buy it’s replacement later on(White chocolate raspberry, if you’re out there somewhere reading this, know I could never replace you). Then we brought 6 of the cookies over to the neighbor, who invited us in for a quick tour. She’s a neat freak with her house, which I relate to. She has a magnet that says 26.2(+1), a Runner’s World magazine(+2) and is running 1/2 the San Fransisco marathon(+1000). I’m glad I baked some good fuel for her for training with those cookies 🙂

After that excitement we stepped out to do college and grocery shopping. I got a microwave and a microwavable bowl, so oats at college are officially a go. I also got this awesome shirt from Target that was only 5 dollars and is made with 100% organic cotton

Organic Shirt

Organic Shirt

Funky, huh? I never pictured myself as someone who goes for organic clothes, but I KNOW I’m someone who goes for 5 dollar shirts. I needed some fuel for shopping:

Cherry Pie Larabar

Cherry Pie Larabar

This is the signature Larabr, so I figured it must be amazing, right? Fail. Sorry, but I really didn’t like this. It needed something sweet and something salty. Would it have been too may ingredients to add honey and salt? I almost always finish every thing I put in front of me just because it’s easier to add up the calories but this was so not for me that I actually took it home, measured the amount I didn’t eat, and gave it away. That was ok, because I also picked up this:

So Delicious Mocha Almond Fudge Coconut Milk Ice Cream

So Delicious Mocha Almond Fudge Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Well this was a no brainer; the name pretty much had me. Plus it was on sale and I’ve spotted this on Jenna’s blog over at Eat, Live, Run, so I didn’t hesitate grabbing it. At the risk of sounding corny, this was So Delicious(had to say it…). But seriously, I think I’m in love with an (coconut milk) ice cream. I’m not a toppings fan, but I love mix-ins, fudge and toasted almonds being some of the best. Combine that with a java base and it’s an instant winner. The almonds were deliciously salty which I loved with the sweet fudge, and the base was like a light-roast cup of joe. Anyone hearing angels singing besides me? I don’t even want to try other So Delicious flavors, I just want an unlimited supply of this one.

Dinner was, surprisingly, not the rest of the pint of So Delicious(though it very well could’ve been). My mom was having an “I don’t feel like cooking” night, so I just had her pick up some salmon and planked it on the grill with pineapples while basmatti rice cooked in the microwave. Topped off with a little TJ Island Soyaki and I was good to go.

Dinner

Dinner

Now for something hysterical: my parents went out to see a band play while I opted stayed home on a Saturday night. Haha, I really don’t think I was missig much. The band was a bunch of 50 year old men, one of whom lives in our neighborhood, playing jazz or rock or something. Yeah, really regretting skipping that*eye roll*… Anyways, I got in a cinnamony mood and had a cinnamon raisin english muffin with cinnamon raisin PB and melted banana spread with added cinnamon. As if that wasn’t enough cinnamon, I found these in the box-o-goodies from Newman’s:

Newman's Own Organic Alphabet Cinnamon Grahams

Newman's Own Organic Alphabet Cinnamon Grahams

Hold on, hold on, time out. That’s not fair. This product is too adorable; you’d have to be Cruella DeVille to hate mini alphabet crackers. Obviously these should have been a blind taste test. After trying them, I wasn’t in love with them, but I definitely liked them. The flavor was not too sweet like supermarket graham crackers. They were a bit tough but I really liked them dipped in coffee. I’m way too young to have kids(and even once I “have” kids I won’t be doing more than yelling “Push, honey, push!” and getting blamed for all the evils in the world), but this is one snack I’d feel great giving to my kids. They’re healthy, cutesy, tasty, and only 120 calories for 10 cookies. I know from my cousins that kids love to nibble and don’t really care if it’s a tiny graham cracker or an over-sugared brownie so I’d feel great giving them these lil’ buggers to spell with and eat.

I was also seeducted by another food for dessert:

Whole Foods Seeduction Bread

Whole Foods Seeduction Bread

In my quest to find something like the AMAZING sunflower bread from Dekalb farmer’s market I found this at none other than Whole Foods. It has poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds, and a bunch more. I really liked it lightly toasted; it wasn’t quite sunflower seed level, but it was really good. I liked biting into whole pumpkin seeds in the bread for some texture and flavor.

This morning I wasn’t particularly “feeling” any route so I tried a new one. It was a bit hillier than I thought it’d be but not bad. I also discovered where all the mansions around here are located. Nothing makes you feel better than running down a rich street, haha. today I think we’re seeing Julie & Julia. Hopefully it’ll be good and I’ll write a review for it for tomorrow(though it seems like I’m the last on the blog world to see it).

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Oooo that coconut ice cream looks tasty! And is that an ice cream cone bowl?! Do tell…

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It’s just a little cup with cone patterns, lol. there’s also a set of 4 mini spoons that look like the spoonula’s you get with gelato. Not sure where we got them, I think it’s a kid playset thing

woah this is a long one. (1) those cookies look very good! (2) i am not a fan of leftovers either…my mom also makes enough food to feed an army. (3) hating on cherry pie flavor? i love that flavor! have you ever had coconut creme pie? good! (4) seduction bread is awesome!!

Aw, sorry you didn’t like the Cherry Pie. I like it but I’m also a non-sweet person and actually like things that are more tart.

EVAN- I FOUND ADIRONDAK JACK! I’m going to buy it today, but I’ll let you know as soon as I try it…
I was NOT a fan of the cherry pie flavor either! I don’t really like cherry pie too much anyway, but I gave the 3 y.o I baby sit a taste and she spit it on me! >:-(
AND one more very important thing: The seduction bread you speak of is SO SIMMILAR to my beloved Dakota bread!! My dad and I ate an entire loaf in 3 days… 🙂

Awesome. Can’t wait to hear how it is. I don’t think I’ll be paying 10 dollars plus shipping and handling to get it but upper NY isn’t too too far from me so I’m sure someday I’ll be in the area that sells it

Surprised to hear you didn’t like the cherry pie Larabar, ’cause it’s one of my favorites. But I’m happy you love Purely Decadent coconut milk mocha almond fudge. I love it, too! Have you tried the vanilla bean or chocolate? Soo good!

That was my first pint but I’ll definitely be trying other flavors from that company whenever they’re on sale

purely decadent is SO good, argh. you’ve definitely gotta try the other flavors. i’ve never tried the cherry pie larabars but i’m sure that i will soon enough since i just got a variety pack of them. i kind of don’t like cherries so i don’t have high hopes but we’ll see.

All those diff ice creams looked awesome! I’m going to have to find that Stonyfield one! Yummy! And dang your baking skills are impressive, I’m always so nervous baking (I may have ruined a few things in the past haha), that I don’t ever experiment with it. Fortunately I only have that problem with baking and not cooking in general!

I don’t think it matters if you can’t bake because, judging from your blog, you’re definitely a great cook and can whip up some mean dinners. I can’t make dinner food or meats at all. I guess it’s true what they say: a baker bakes and a chef cooks but neither does both.

~Evan ~”Don’t say ‘Wow the Emmy is heavy’, of course it is, it is filled with the shattered dreams of four other people.”

Yum, those cookies look delish! I can’t wait to try them:) I’ve never seen the Stonyfield white chocolate raspberry fro-yo before but it seriously looks incredible!


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