Tuesday, May 29, 2012

What I Ate Wednesday & Cookie Butter




One of my top fave food blogs is Peas and Crayons created and written by the fabulous Jenn, if you've never been, you may not know it, but there is a gaping hole in your culinary life and Peas and Crayons can fill it. Trust me.

Each week she hosts a nifty little blog hop - a listing of reader submitted posts that other readers can click on and visit and proceed to drool, endure hunger pangs and dash to the kitchen to whip up something amazing.

It is a place to share recipes, celebrate food, find inspiration and pasar un buen tiempo. So what am I waiting for? The following lists a day in my life of food with a bit of cookie butter thrown in for good measure!

According to everyone else in my household my breakfast is a big fat boring. I eat the same thing everyday and I love it. While they nosh on overnight oats in a jar, avocado salad (they crossed over into non-traditional breakfast fare- yay!) homemade waffles and strawberries or olives, crusty bread and an apple, I eat the same exact thing, day after day. If you recall my last WIAW, it is indeed the same and I love it.



Never fear, lunch gets more exciting. I'm a big sushi fan, but in recent times have foregone the raw fish. Now and then I get weirded out by textures and at the moment fish is one of them, nevermind my health (toxins in fish) and environmental (over-fishing, pollution, etc) concerns. So for now I'm sticking with avocado rolls. This was take out, but I also make my own handrolls. It's surprisingly simple. I'll share the recipe sometime. This blog could use it's own Food and Recipe section for all the related posts I have stored up, ideas cookin' and my interest in food.



I'll add here that I drink alot of water throughout the day...But now onto the good stuff. I usually have a snack, along with my girls in the afternoon when they get home from school. When I was a kid I longed for the mom who had a warm batch of cookies waiting for me with a glass of milk on the side, for dipping of course. Alas I did not have that mom, but the good news is, I get to be that mom! I mix up healthy with treats, but if there is one thing we all go crazy for it's COOKIE BUTTER...I shall share my favorite ways to eat and enjoy cookie butter.

*If you're not familiar with cookie butter get your butt(er) to a Trader Joe's...you may want to call ahead, it flies off the shelves. If you don't have a TJ's nearby it is also sold in some supermarkets along with the other nut butters usually under the name Biscoff Spread. There are also cookies by the same brand and I'll tell you, they are delish.



It isn't the healthiest of all choices, but you could do worse and it is afterall a treat.
It can first and foremost be enjoyed straight outta the jar and on a spoon.


And as for those warm cookies and milk? Well cookie butter goes well with that too, it is afterall cookie butter. But I'm still tossed as to whether it is right to make something that was once a cookie, back into a cookie. Ah well. It's too yummy to fret over.


Recipe
Ingredients:
  •  1 1/4 cup all-purpose unbleached flour (*sometimes I sub that 1/4 cup with whole wheat pastry flour, I know, sneaky!)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8 TBSP Butter (1 stick) at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup cookie butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg (at room temperature) (I have chickens so I often have eggs, but sometimes have to save them for other purposes. So often in baking I use Ener-G Egg Replacer -- 16 oz or make a Flax-Egg...that way I can eat the dough too. Wink.)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cookie pan with non-stick spray or oil.

In a medium bowl whisk together dry ingredients. In a large bowl cream together butter, cookie butter and sugars. Add in the "egg" and vanilla. In thirds, add the dry mixture to the wet being sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl so everything is incorporated.

Roll dough into golf ball sized balls. If desired roll in course sugar (e.g turbinado.)
Place on pan and press down slightly. Bake about 10 minutes.
Allow to cool and eat...a few.

For more cookie butter recipes, check out one of my fave foodie blogs: Avery Cooks.
Her photography is amazing! And she loves cookie butter...in a smoothie and some real creativity  and these little gems. I also hear if you pop a spoonful in the microwave to heat slightly then pour it over a dish of ice cream you might see unicorns and rainbows. That's what I'm told anywway...but I wouldn't know...uh uh, not me. If you need to come down from all that sweetness, cookie butter is also delicious spread on a juicy apple.

And when you get to the bottom of the jar and wish you had more Tamar offers one more way to enjoy the last licks of your beloved cookie butter. Scroll down in that post to get to CB-ONOIAJ (translation: cookie butter overnight oats in a jar.)

Coming out of the cookie butter coma, for dinner I had a scrum-didily-uptious homemade pizza with fresh asparagus, yellow squash, olives and a mixture of daiya vegan cheddar and grass fed cheddar (also from Trader Joe's.) And believe me, I didn't just have one slice.




So that's a day in the life of my food.
Bon Appetit!

Deirdre







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8 comments:

  1. Mmmmm some yummy stuff here, following you back.

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  2. Thanks for the cookie recipe - I'm obsessed with cookie butter! I love it in my oatmeal :)

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    1. It is so easy to be obsessed with! YUM! Thanks for reading!

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  3. I loooove sushi, but I haven't had it in so long! Seeing the picture of yours is totally making me crave it!

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  4. Hi, thanks for passing by my blog and for posting :) Cookie butter sounds amazing. Don't have that here in UK unfortunately :( Sushi is always a win for me!

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    1. Some markets may carry Biscoff spread...maybe by peanut butter and nutella...it's so good! Thanks!

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