This is the last of the baking. Seriously.
My sugar canister is almost empty, I’m down to just the “weird” flours (coconut and spelt) and somehow I’ve used 7 sticks of butter since Sunday. It must stop.
These were a good one to end on though.
I had 8 tins all sealed up on the counter and ready to give out as gifts come Christmas Eve, but realized that in all those cookies and treats there was nothing nutty!
Did I need to bake more cookies? Absolutely not. But I’m sure glad I did because these blew the others away. No contest. They’re way more up my alley than the buttery, sugary, white chocolaty other ones. They’re literally bursting with nuts and brown sugar and still manage to taste “buttery” even though my version only had 3 tablespoons in them. A far cry from the 2 sticks worth in the other cookies. Angela’s version is vegan but I de-veganized them by using a combination of real butter and coconut oil instead of Earth Balance which I didn’t have on hand.
I also changed up the nut mixture a little based on what I had but other than that left the recipe intact.
They’re so, so good with a cup of tea that I’m tempted to take them back out of the tins and keep them for myself. That wouldn’t be very Christmassy though would it?
So it’s over. I hope to not see my silpat for at least a week.
After the cookies, I tried to get my mind away from sugar and butter by attempting homemade falafel last night.
Ulysses’ reaction when he saw these before going in the oven was priceless. Which is fair considering their resemblance to something else but let’s just say don’t judge a falafel by it’s cover. These were great besides the fact that half of them got left on the pan because I forgot to spray the foil.
Ulysses swore he’d never had falafel before (which I find hard to believe) so he took the first bite and said:
“These taste like something. Something I’ve definitely had before. Something ’beany’.”
To which I replied: “um, chickpeas perhaps?”
Me: “Well, that’s because they are chickpeas.”
Haha. I’d like to tweak it a bit, but I see a falafel recipe coming up soon. It’ll be a tasty post holiday detox.
Are you done with your baking this season?
Anyone else already looking forward to eating a bit cleaner come the New Year?