I was very excited when I saw it snowing while eating breakfast, so I rushed to my room to grab my camera and opened the window to take a shot of this delightful first snow of this winter. I got taken aback by a flow of crisp cold air hitting my face for a second because the temperature had been quite mild until yesterday. How quickly the weather has changed….
The snow got heavier toward the afternoon and the view through the window, so beautiful, made me freeze to a spot taking in the view as much as I could. So I sat down by the window with a cup of coffee and the chocolate cookies I made a few days ago.
It’s so beautiful….A small joy that nature brings us.
I’m not a winter person, in fact, I hate it. Having lived in a warm country Down Under for 10 years, I seem to have lost my resistance to the cold weather.
Narnia Forest in Geneva…gosh, the cold was just unbearable!
What saves me from freezing to death during my travels in cold countries is a lovely warm break in a warm cozy café with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Isn’t it true for all?
Ginger Hot Chocolate in Geneva
Coffee time means, in our home, a time for a little sweet treat. I make sure our cookies jars or tins are never empty. With a little attention, life gets as sweet as those yummy cookies, at least when you eat those cookies anyway. Sometimes Mr.O calls for a coffee break as an excuse for him to have some cookies, and I know his trick. I’m not sure if he knows I know that.
Making cookies is so easy that there’s no excuse not to make them at home, especially when you know home-made ones are way healthier and more delicious without the crap business of vegetable oil, extra sugar and chemicals, God knows, what they put in cookies. Ingredients for cookies are straightforward; butter, flour and egg.
I often use almond meal or oatmeal instead of normal flour, and dried fruits, honey or molasses instead of sugar. Commercial cookies are a lot sweeter than they should be and they seem to be getting sweeter and sweeter. Maybe it’s because people are getting used to sweets or their taste buds have lost the ability to taste after eating processed and unnatural food. Or the stress they get from their life makes them crave more sweets. According to the scientific experiment done on mice, they ate more sweets when they were stressed. I admit it applies to me.
Anyway, these chocolate cookies are my all time favourite and I thought I’d share them with you, well, not the actual cookies but the recipe for you to make them yourself.
I have a jar of mandarin marmalade and it comes very handy for making cookies or icings for cakes. If you don’t have that, you can use orange rind or any kind of citrus jam, OR just skip it. It won’t make a huge difference if all you want is just chocolate flavour.
Chocolate Mandarin Coconut Cookies
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup almond meal
1 stick butter, softened
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 Tbsp mandarin marmalade
1/2 cup brown sugar (1/3 cup or so more if you have a sweet tooth)
1 tsp vanilla extract Methods
- Heat the oven to 175’C and line the baking tray with baking sheet.
- Cream butter and sugar, and add egg, vanilla and marmalade, and continue to beat.
- Add dry ingredients and mix well.
- Drop a dollop of mixture onto the tray and bake for 15 minutes
So easy, huh? I can make them everyday for you.