As trite as this may sound, it’s still true. Even in cookies, you get what you put in. Or not.
This week’s example- the World’s Easiest Cookie. I’m not telling you where the recipe came from, what blog I read about it on or the cook book where it was originally published because, well frankly, I don’t much like the cookie. And no need to publicly ‘diss’ the authors. Because they may love it. After all, everyone’s taste buds are different (very different).
Of course, based on the cost of the cookie, this one should taste like a bit of heaven. It’s made with only 4 ingredients (maybe that’s the problem) and two of them are pricey. The ingredients are Almond Flour, Maple Syrup, Baking Powder and Vanilla. For the Almond Flour I used Bob’s Red Mill at $ 10.99 for one pound. The recipe called for ½ pound and made just 12 cookies. That’s nearly 0.50 per cookie for the almond flour alone!
And the real issue was that the cookie is bland! Once in while I don’t mind spending a bit of extra money on a cookie if it’s a special one. This cookie, being gluten free, is something I could make for my niece, for instance. She’s absolutely totally worth the cost of the almond flour. But not if the cookie doesn’t taste good. I shared some of these with a neighbor to make sure it’s not just my taste buds. Nah, these are bland cookies. Not so sweet, which is excellent. But lacking much other flavor.
My neighbor suggested putting Raspberry Ganache on top of the cookie and you can see in the photo above that I tried that. It helped a little bit, but I think this cookie is going to take more work. Is it worth it? My Dancing Bee companion seems to think so, but we’ll see.
It may not be the world’s best cookie right now, but it is gluten free and has no added processed sugar. Yes, there’s sugar in the Maple Syrup, but there's no added processed sugar in the recipe. If I do find a way to make this both the Easiest and the Best cookie, you’ll be the first to know.
Meantime, I’m testing my Rugalach recipe at 5,000 ft elevation (where Dancing Bee’s Kitchen happens to live). That may be next Tuesday’s Cookie story, we’ll see what happens.
Meantime, have a Cookie Sweet week. I’ll be back soon with more because I love cookies. Really.