I got lost in a blog.
Getting lost in blogs is one of my favorite activities (online at least—surprise, surprise): that feeling of total enrapture as you’re drawn in by a good story and gorgeous pictures…and then you find 98275982734 recipes you want to make.
Funnily enough, this blog didn’t have any pictures of food. Nor did it have all that much content or blog posts. But it did have one great story and several other well–thought out posts that included tons of links to books to read and interesting studies and all around generally interesting facts. And I left feeling inspired—to do something other than cook, for once.
For the past few weeks, I’ve tried to put everything in my life on hold while I study to take the GMAT. If I do get accepted to business school next fall, it’ll be after only two years of work experience but I’ve been feeling adrift lately. While studying is by no means fun, it does feel good: I finally have a direction again and I’m working to get there. Reading those blog posts made me remember that I can work towards literally anything; I just need to set a direction. I felt empowered.
Almost empowered enough to take charge of my sugar addiction and eat only one cookie. Almost.
I’ve been obsessed with the idea of making a really good vegan or gluten-free chocolate chip cookie: this is neither, and they’ve got sugar (boo). But they’re really good, with a lovely soft chew to them and crisp bronzed edges. I figured they were worth posting because they are super easy and I see this as an easy jumping off point to all types of modifications: a flax egg instead of the egg, olive oil in place of the butter, maple syrup for sugar, buckwheat or oat flour in place of the whole wheat, or more rolled oats.
Other blogs I’ve gotten lost in, still love getting lost in, and have lately gotten lost in:
These soft whole wheat cookies aren't your normal chocolate chip cookies--a hint of honey and flax create an unusual flavor profile and texture.
- ¼ cup butter, at room temperature (alternatively: olive oil, but I haven't tried it)
- ½ cup unrefined sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- ¼ cup ground flax seed
- ½ cup oats
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the egg, honey and vanilla; beat to combine. Add all dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until combined.
Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet (or lined with parchment, if you like) and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown and set around the edges. If the middle still looks slightly soft, it will firm up as it cools.
Adapted from here