Cooking

Come to the Dark Side…

 

tahini oatmeal cookies
Oatmeal cookies, baked just enough to remain chewy and moist in the center.

We have cookies. And logic. #deliciouslogic

This has been the running joke this last week, as I covered difficult topics ranging from raging feminism to hoplophobia. Since the formation of the Evil League of Evil and my inclusion in it, I get a kick out of making a mockery of what I’m supposed to be: a victim, oppressed because of my gender, oh noes the angst… I refuse to be stuffed in a little box, labeled, and have my freedoms removed so that they can continue on their merry road to utter destruction of individuality. Free Will!

Ahem. Since one of the things that really rocks their boat is the whole idea of women in the kitchen, making food to nourish their families, and possibly barefoot… oh, heck. I LIKE being barefoot in the kitchen. I hated shoes as a kid, and still put up with them mostly because winter, cold floors, and even then it’s as likely to just be wool socks. Not gonna do the pregnant, sorry. I have four wonderful kids, and diapers is just not appealing at my age (are they at any age?)

Cookies!

gluten free peanut butter cooies
Peanut butter cookie dough – it’s like candy!

I’m including my mother’s recipe for gluten-free peanut butter cookies, which are delicious, rich, and super easy to make.

  • 1 c peanut butter (can be creamy or chunky)
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Options: handful of nuts, chocolate chips, 2 tbsp baking cocoa, all of the above.

Preheat oven to 325 deg F. Mix ingredients together, spoon onto cookie sheets and bake for about 12 min. They are delicate, so don’t over-bake, you will see the edges of the cookie turn a little darker, and they are done. Leave on the pan for 2-3 minutes and then gently remove to a rack to finish cooling. Makes about 1 dozen.

I haven’t tried these with tahini, or another nut butter. They might work well that way…

Tahini Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (I will sometimes use pie spice, or halve this and combine with 1/2 tsp ginger)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 c tahini (or butter)
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 2/3 c milk
  • 2 c old-fashioned oats
  • optional: raisins or chocolate chips
oatmeal cookies
oatmeal cookie dough, on parchment paper for rapid re-use of cookie sheets.

Preheat oven to 400 deg F. In a measuring glass cup, mix the vinegar with the milk to acidify it. Cream together tahini, sugar, then slowly add the egg. Once this is a slurry, mix in the oats and the acidified milk in alternating amounts, about 1/2 of each, mixing thoroughly as you go. If you’re adding raisins (or other chopped dry fruit) this is the stage they should go in (chocolate chips, too). Fold in remaining dry ingredients gently. The goal here is to leave the gluten slumbering and have delicate cookies without the toughness that protein can impart when activated. Drop by large spoonfuls on cookie sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes, they should be golden brown at the peaks but moist-looking in the valleys (see photo) for chewy cookies. Allow to remain on cookie sheet for 2 min, then gently remove to cooling rack. Makes about 3 dozen. As with my chocolate chip cookies, these freeze very well unbaked, and then can be baked frozen, just a couple minutes longer in the oven. I almost always make a double batch so I can do this and have hot fresh cookies on demand.

Enjoy the cookies and don’t forget to come back for the logic.

 

Cookie baking
Peanut butter and oatmeal cookies

0 thoughts on “Come to the Dark Side…

  1. I’m wondering if we could create a really great marketing campaign out of the whole “come to the dark side” motif…The cookies certainly look good enough 😉

    I was the proverbial bare foot boy — which doesn’t have the same angst to the foes of the evil league of evil as the barefoot woman in the kitchen, I know — and still prefer barefoot all year when possible (even in snow!).

      1. I would run back and forth between the barn and house in the snow in winter barefoot when I was growing up. Fine as long as you keep moving. Probably the same principle to walking on hot coals …. (hot coals … sounds like a good segue to Evil League of Evil lol).

        1. We lived on a homestead in Alaska when I was small, and I remember one time when it was about twenty degrees (warm spring weather where we lived, LOL!) my younger brothers and I decided to run down the driveway barefoot and in our underwear, on packed snow. We went several hundred feet (the driveway was a mile and a quarter long) and decided that was enough and ran back, LOL!

  2. DAMN YOU! Now I want cookies.. and my chief barefoot kitchen dweller and cookie chief is 7 hours away! And she would laugh at that… if she didn’t shoot me first.

    1. See, this is why I started teaching my son to cook as soon as he could stand on a milkcrate and reach the countertop. So he wouldn’t have to rely on a modern girl for cookies. Besides, women love a man who can cook 😉

      I will add in an aside this is part of the reason I do the frozen cookie-dough thing. So my Dad could quickly do cookies for my kids when I was away during the evening or weekend. Or now, the First Reader could if he so chose.

      1. Oh I CAN cook… I’m a good cook. My mother and sisters made sure of that. I just don;t like baking cookies… as they end up sitting around and I must, MUST I tell you EAT THEM.

      2. I told one of my boys who is away at college that I had made bone broth and was looking forward to marrow on toast. He said he’d be skipping classes for the next two days and be right home. When I learned he’d made his chocolate cream pie yesterday I said he was most welcome, just bring the pie and he could be back in time for class in the morning. Sigh. If only.

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