I’ve been cooking with Ma this week and I convinced her to do a few posts for me. Here’s Ma…
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Yes you can. You are never too old to learn. Let me explain. When my children were young, I thought I was serving them healthy stuff, and most of the time I think I did a fairly good job. But who knew back in the middle ages, that too much juice was not good for you, or too much Kool-Aid was not good for you because of all the sugar. I did at least limit candy, soda, and cookies to weekends only. Back then, most of us did not read labels, we just trusted and bought the name brands, the good brands.
Turn now to this century and this part of my life- retired, old but healthy (well, that’s debatable!) About 8 years back, I started to go to natural products, and began to read labels. I learned that all those preservatives in food aren’t good for you. I always believed in meat, starch and a vegetable. I still do this, but am more careful now because I have high cholesterol and it was discovered at age 70, my husband has only one kidney. So I watch our carbohydrates, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cream of tartar in my recipes. I have learned to lower the amounts of these ingredients in my recipes and found that the food is just as good!
So Robin and the kids were coming for the week and I went to purchase ice cream sandwiches. I read the label to make sure that Deven, our nut allergy boy could have them, checked the salt content, and discovered they had so much junk in them that I decided to make my own.
I went to food.com and found this recipe for Chocolate Wafer Cookies . I liked it but changed it a little bit. Here’s what I did…
1. Instead of 2 ozs of unsweetened chocolate, I added 3.
2. I used less baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon.
3. I used less baking soda- 1/8 teaspoon
4. A drop of Himalayan salt. (It is supposed to be the purest salt, you get more mineral value and recommended for people with high blood pressure or a low-salt diet.) I also used a no-salt butter. You don’t miss the salt when you are serving it with something sweet.
5. I also used all natural organic cane sugar in place of the sugar.
Results – they were great!! There was not a one left. I used Neopolitan ice cream, but I bet Edy’s Drumstick icecream would be to die for. My husband preferred one cookie. He said it was easier to eat, for these cookies are very crispy. Robin suggested some espresso powder to to bring out the flavor of the chocolate and I will do that the next time and maybe add a little more sugar. The directions to this recipe are great. You do have to use a lot of flour for rolling out. I used one of those plastic cutting boards to roll out and that worked great. Hope you try this recipe and enjoy. Oh, make sure you double this recipe for they get eaten up too fast. It made 8 ice cream sandwiches with one cookie left over.
Thanks Ma. Good thing we are getting those long walks in during the evenings for all that good cooking of yours!
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