It’s not even Halloween and I’ve already got Christmas on the brain!
I was hosting a meeting last night so I baked a few cookies for the gang. This mix has been waiting patiently in my pantry since January.
I didn’t have any lemon extract or the optional 2 TB of molasses – which is probably why these turned out tasting NOTHING like gingerbread?
Did an experiment – half of them I baked with the dough pressed down before going into the oven…
…the other half I left in ball form…
…using the fork for the last 2 minutes of cooking – this produced a perfectly chewy cookie (while the others were crisp and slightly burnt).
While the oven was on, I also went a little nuts –
Cumin Spiced Nuts
- 1 cup raw nuts (I used DuChilly Hazelnuts)
- 1 tsp oil (I used Grapessed)
- 1 tsp Cumin Powder
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
- Couple shakes of Garlic Gold Parm Nuggets
Combine everything in a single layer on a baking dish and put in a 300 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, shaking once halfway through.
I taste-tested a few while they were cooking – really, really good. I know roasted nuts are linked to health risks but they are infinitely yummier than raw ones.
Before everyone arrived I finished up the leftover Breakfast Panini and Fruit from the Larchmont Bungalow brunch.
Weirdly enough, this sandwich tasted better cold and slightly soggy the next day?!
Two cookies for dessert – one chewy, one crispy.
Meeting Munchies – I snacked on a few small handfuls of nuts over the course of the evening.
“White on Rice” is now on DVD!!! For those of you who are new to the blog, this is a movie I star in that was in theaters last year. It’s just been released to buy today, available on Netflix October 19th (though you can add it to your queue now!) – if you’ve already seen it and liked it, we’d appreciate a nice review on either site so others can find it too!!!