cookies

peanut butter miso cookies...

peanut-butter miso cookies
peanut butter miso cookies baking in the oven

I've been dreaming about making peanut butter miso cookies for a while... Behold my first attempt happily baking in the oven. The peanut butter cookie dough with savory miso ended up tasting both unique and familiar: addictively good! I rolled each cookie in sesame seeds which produced a fantastic crust.

I'll post the recipe once I've verified that these are, in fact, very awesome :-)

UPDATE: Here's my recipe! Ginger Miso Peanut Butter Cookies

Vanilla Walnut Shortbread Cookies...

I made somewhat traditional shortbread cookies over the holidays that went over very well. They were actually more like Mexican Wedding Cakes as they included a generous amount of ground nuts. The thing that made the cookies extra special was the large proportion of walnuts, the sweet cultured butter (butter made from fermented cream - popular in Europe), and the exquisite Mexican vanilla. The texture of these was beautiful as well: they literally melted-in-your-mouth.

Healthy?

Well, not exactly. These have a lot of butter, sugar, and refined wheat flour - though I'm sure they would taste great made with a fine whole spelt or wheat flour - or even possibly a gluten-free flour mix...

Cultured butter may be healthier than regular butter since it has lactic acid bacteria (from the fermentation), and almost no lactose. Cultured butter is also slightly higher in fat. I love the flavour of this type of "sweet" butter :-)

Walnuts are definitely healthy: very high in omega-3 fatty acids, high in Magnesium, and they help lower "bad" cholesterol.

Recipe: Walnut Shortbread Cookies

An Attainable Dream: Miso Cookies!

I was just eating some brown rice and flax crackers with some sweet white miso and peanut-butter - and had a though: peanut-butter miso cookies would be great! (So would miso cookies...)

I did a search and, not surprisingly, found a nice-looking recipe from Shinmeido Miso: Peanut Butter and Miso Cookies. Haven't tried it out yet - sounds yummy - though I'm already envisioning a version with less sugar and more miso :-)

There's a recipe for "Miso Cookies" at Marukome, and other japanese recipes can be found online. As well, there's a blog post in Obachan's Kitchen and kinkistyle on this topic... and that's about all there is on miso cookies right now - in English anyways ;-)

UPDATE: Here's my recipe! Ginger Miso Peanut Butter Cookies

 

Black-eyed Susans

These cookies are delicious, healthy, and pretty: Black-eyed Susans

Being the cookie-loving health-conscious lady I am, lately I've been concocting baked goods while:

  • avoiding wheat and gluten
  • cutting down on the sugar
  • avoiding animal products
  • incorporating super-healthy ingredients like flax seeds

Is it possible to do these things and still make incredibly delicious cookies? Yes!

Here's the recipe: Black-eyed Susans

Très bon!

Sweet & Fun

Marisa and Maya decorating home-made cookies
Marisa and Maya decorating home-made cookies

Thanks for the sweet pic girls!

Chewy, sweet, and nutty

Chewy Oat Nut Cookies

My friend Meeshka sent me a recipe for some lovely little cookies.

These are pretty special: chewy, sweet, nutty, and delicious. They are also free of dairy, eggs, wheat, and refined sugar. They can also be gluten-free, if you use oats that have not been contaminated with wheat. Yes, these cookies are packed with flavour and nutrients - one could even call them healthy. Eater beware: consume in moderation - these cookies are rich!

Recipe: Tahini Oatmeal Walnut Cookies

Added bonus: quick and easy to make!