On the third and final day of the Three-Day-Three-Quote challenge I must offer a dessert. Thanks to my good and purple friend Melinda of https://purpleslobinrecovery.wordpress.com/, my husband gets to stuff himself with cookies!
On behalf of my husband, thank you, Melinda!
The rules are:
- Three quotes over three days.
- Three nominees each day (no repetition).
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Inform the nominees.
My nominees for Day 3 are:
From one of my favorite writers, Paulo Coelho, comes this pithy life lesson. This week is all about choices. Certainly, life is all about choices, but this week, as we were reading about Noach building the Ark and all the specifics of this enormous undertaking, I remembered the question I had when, as a child, I read about it for the first time: why did Noach have to work so hard for 120 years to follow detailed blueprints and specs, when G-d could have just said “Poof!” , and the Ark would’ve appeared? I guess it hadn’t occurred to me that He could’ve also saved Noah with his family and the entire menagerie in some other way, it that were His pleasure.
Rashi tells us that it was done this way in order to give people a choice to make the right decision. The idea was that curious onlookers would mill around this strange vessel (it didn’t look like Carnival cruise ships at all!) and ask questions so that Noach would have a chance to enlighten them and motivate them to mend their ways. Unfortunately, it worked only half-way. People did ask, and Noach did tell them, but to no avail. we all know what happened as a consequence of their decision!
Some decisions are pretty obvious, yet wrong choices are still made by many. Our extremely creative police department is trying to open their eyes. Hopefully, the results will be somewhat better than in Noah’s case!
I had to make my choice of a dessert to make, and I chose these fast and easy, but totally delicious cookies. They are just as nutty as everybody else on South Beach, including the funky police department, and quite healthful, with whole wheat flower, Smart Balance, agave, and organic coffee. I use one egg, but it could be replaced by egg substitute, to make it vegan. I also add a pinch of sea salt, some vanilla extract, and some baking powder.
As soon as you grind your walnuts and mix them with flour, just add all the rest of the stuff, and mix it all together. You can use instant coffee with water, to make liquid coffee, but I prefer real freshly ground coffee, espresso style, diluted with water.
Now get your kids involved to roll little dough balls, about one inch, and plop them on a lightly misted baking sheet about two inches apart. Press your thumb in the middle of each ball and have the kids drop coffee beans into indentations. If you don’t have coffee beans, walnut pieces will do fine.
By the time you make yourself a cup of coffee, your nutty, crumbly, light and healtful cookies will be ready. I think I’ve made the right choice!
- 1 cup ground walnuts
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2/3 cup agave
- 1/3 cup liquid coffee and some coffee beans for garnish
- 3 tablespoons Smart Balance
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- A pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Combine all dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients, mix thoroughly until well blended.
- Roll dough into 1 inch (2.5 cm) balls, place on lightly misted baking sheet 2 inches (5 cm) apart.
- Press thumb in the center of each ball. Drop coffee beans or walnut pieces into indentations.
- Bake 13 – 15 minutes until set and barely golden on the bottom. Cool on rack.