Bake day

I don’t usually get inspired to cook by Giada De Laurentiis’s dessert recipes. She’s too fond of combining chocolate and orange for my tastes, and I’m not keen on mascarpone or amaretti cookies. But I had to try these almond blueberry cookies, and they’re good to the point of evil.

I went with dried blueberries instead of fresh or thawed frozen ones. It’s a stiff batter, so I’m glad I did, because I’m not a patient or gentle folder. Softer blueberries would have been mush. I used skim instead of whole milk, and vanilla instead of almond extract. I also found that they didn’t need as much cooking time as the recipe suggests. I would start checking them at around ten minutes, particularly if you’re using a convection oven.

And hey, blueberries and almonds are nutritionally packed, so they must surely overcome butter and sugar.

8 Responses to Bake day

  1. mark thorpe says:

    Skim? Skim?! SKIM??!! How dare you, sir. Thanks for the recipe, though. I’ll try it, sounds good.

  2. ChunHyang72 says:

    And hey, blueberries and almonds are nutritionally packed, so they must surely overcome butter and sugar.

    Now I like the way you’re thinking. And if you substitute skim for whole milk, then they’re obviously health food, right? I’m going to have to try this recipe… right before a six mile run!

  3. davidpwelsh says:

    Okay, confession: I used the skim milk because I hadn’t remembered that the recipe had called for any milk at all. The only time I have anything but skim in the house is when I’m making something in particular. In my defense, it was organic skim, which actually tastes like milk, but I’m sure the cookies would have been even more tender and delicious had I added the extra fat.

    But seriously… dried blueberries are the new raisin, in my opinion. If the addition of raisins makes anything healthy, then blueberries must actually make it therapeutic.

  4. ChunHyang72 says:

    You’re right… these are so good they’re eeeeevilll. Oof. Thanks for the recipe and for the Monday morning links!

  5. mark thorpe says:

    You used whole milk I hope. Seriously, with one cup of sugar, a stick of butter,and TWO cups of flower, ( carbs!! )the ‘watch my weight’ train has already left the station.

  6. ChunHyang72 says:

    I did use whole milk. The recipe called for such a small amount that I figured I’d live to see another day. I also substituted dehydrated (as opposed to dried) blueberries since the local grocery store didn’t have the more standard raisin-like variety. It worked surprisingly well, though I’d probably just use the regular dried blueberries next time to prevent the dough from turning blue from the pulverized berries. They still tasted great, though, and I’m embarrassed to admit how many I’ve already eaten. I’m blaming it on the dog!

  7. davidpwelsh says:

    Dogs do make great scapegoats, don’t they? And next time I make them, I will go with the whole milk. And I might try it with dried cranberries and orange zest. Yes, I’m a wild man.

  8. Lys says:

    I have been hesitant on trying this recipe for some time. Now, after reading this, I’m more inspired to actually put that on my “must try” list – and if they didn’t taste horrible with skim, I’m all for trying that.

    I absolutely agree with you on the Chocolate/orange phenom that she seems to endorse. Somehow it just doesn’t taste right, imo.

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