Monday, July 1, 2013

Just 6 Cookies

Sunday morning I woke up and basically couldn't stop coughing. A deep, painful, chest cough. And I couldn't catch my breath. My allergies had been giving me a pretty sore throat last week, but I was enjoying spending so much time outside in the glorious summer sunshine, I didn't mind! Until those darn allergies triggered my asthma. I'm now staying indoors until this wind dies down and my steroids kick in, which makes me pretty sad, to be honest.

It's been a good two years since my asthma has been like this, so I'm pretty discouraged, and wondering what I did wrong. Should I have stayed on my allergy drops? I quit taking them last November after about a year because I felt like they weren't doing anything. But maybe they were? I didn't need steroids the entire time I was on them! I will have to look into that...

In the meantime, I've been craving cookie dough. Probably seeking comfort and security since life is all up-in-the-air right now. Last night I finally succumbed. While I drove to the pharmacy to get my meds, Ross biked to the grocery store for cookie ingredients (we seem to be out of everything these days).

However, Ross and I have a terrible habit of eating the entire batch of sweets in two days, regardless of how big the batch is. This time, I decided to solve that problem by only making 6 cookies. Just 6. We each ate one in dough form (ahhhh) and two fresh from the oven. I was absolutely, embarrassingly, completely overjoyed. Total bliss. And knowing I only had two hot cookies to eat made me enjoy them even more. No dessert beats the simple comfort of chocolate chip cookies.

This recipe is basically 1/4 of the recipe for my absolute favorite gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. Here are the measurements for just 6 cookies:

2 Tbs butter, softened
2 Tbs brown sugar
1 Tbs powdered sugar
1 tsp ground flax or chia seeds + 3 tsp water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill brown rice flour (brand makes a difference)
1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill almond meal/flour
2 heaping Tbs gluten-free chocolate chips (we're suckers for the Enjoy Life brand)

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a pan with parchment paper or prepare with cooking spray.

2.) In a tiny bowl, mix the flax or chia with water and set aside.

3.) Beat the butter and sugars until smooth. Mix in the flax 'egg' and vanilla extract.

4.) Beat in the remaining ingredients, adding the chocolate chips last.

5.) Shape into Tablespoon-sized balls and place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Makes 6 cookies.

Hope these make your day like they made mine!

1 comment:

  1. Just clicked over from your guest post on Sarah's blog. Always excited to learn of local bloggers. Looking forward to reading more posts!