I don't know if you've heard, but it was really cold earlier this month. Cold enough that a good deal of things here in Chicago just shut down on one particular Monday, and I had no reason nor desire to leave my house. While I had no obligations that particular day, the "snow day" atmosphere of it all demanded a project. Homemade bagels certainly qualified. Then of course, I made them, instagrammed them, wrote about them, and let the post sit unpublished for 3 weeks. Typical.
Oh look, more cookies! I have multiple kinds of cookie dough in the freezer, and I'm starting to wonder if perhaps I went a little overboard. And I originally wrote "overbread," so yeah, baking is clearly on my brain. Better that than this travesty of a Bears game I'm watching. I'm hoping blogging will somehow turn this game around. Hey Jay, if you pull this off, I'll totally make you some gingerbread!
Yeah, I just offered a type I diabetic sugary cookies. I'm going to be a great doctor.
So wow, back to the cookies. For once, I used no butter! Crazy, I know. But I have some dairy-intolerant folks in my life, and who doesn't need a change of pace sometimes?
Sometimes, I see cookie recipes in a magazine and cookbook and I think, "Oh, you should make these one day." Others, I see and think, "OMG I need to make these as soon as I possibly can!" These cookies are, of course, among the latter. I mean, come on. The recipe name is a list of four of my favorite things.
I picked up chestnut flour at the farmer's market a few weeks ago, originally for a chestnut pear cake recipe. I've been trying to use the rest in a brownie recipe. The first attempt was a great texture, but I accidentally reached for peppermint instead of vanilla and so you couldn't taste anything but mint. In these, I used all chestnut flour, which gave it a great flavor, but the brownies dried out really quickly. I have enough flour for one more attempt, but I may just go back to the pear cake. That one I know works!
Okay, it's offish, fall is here. Which apparently means it's time for pumpkin or something?
Seriously, though, when did seasonal appreciation for pumpkin turn into yearly pumpkin hysteria? Pinterest has been 89% pumpkin since late August. Pumpkin spice coffee selfies litter my newsfeed. I posted a filtered picture of a can of pumpkin on instagram and a lot of you "liked" it. A can of pumpkin. I'm starting to become suspicious that we've all been conned by a multi-year marketing campaign by Starbucks.