Even though I’m not cooking as crazily as I do in normal circumstances, I bake regularly because I have to have cookies or cake for my coffee. When I drink tea, I can just nibble on dried apricots or figs and nuts; I’ve adapted to eating dried fruit and nuts. Why not? They are plenty here so I should take advantage. However, it can be quite dangerous because once I start snacking on those nuts and dried fruit, I don’t know when to stop.
Nuts, nuts and nuts…I go nuts with nuts. Most desserts, including the sticky Baklava and chewy lokum, are made with nuts. I always grind almonds and hazelnuts into powder or paste at home as a substitute for wheat flour. About a month ago, I found ground flaxseeds, called, Toze Keten Tohumu, which I’ve been keeping at handy for baking. With this, it is so easy to make healthy nutty cookies I adore.
Did you know that dried apricots come in two different colours? The usual orange coloured ones contain sulfites, therefore not good for you, and the dark brown ones are naturally dried, therefore they don’t keep for long at room temperature. The orange ones I bought months ago are still looking bright orange in my pantry and I am going to throw them away right away.
If you’ve following my summer stories, you know that I went on a private boat trip in Fethiye about a month ago. As a token of my gratitude, I baked two batches of delicious biscuits and sent them by post. One is this nutty honey cookies and the other is my signature Lemon Lavender Honey Shortbread Biscuits, which have become Mr.O‘s absolute favourite and he keeps begging me to bake every week. If you forgive me, I really want to brag about my addictive and to-die-for biscuits.
I don’t have the photos of them here since I’ve already posted on them but I have a funny story to tell. After posting the gift box, I waited anxiously for a call from Mr.Seref, who was the honourable man I praised in the post about the boat trip. Two days later he called and thanked for the gift, saying how delicious they were. When asked which one of the two he liked better, he said, “What do you mean? There is only one type.”
I was very shocked and furious, thinking how the biscuits might have gone missing; I’d never heard of postmen stealing biscuits. Mr.O and I exchanged our guesses, and his guess was that Mr.Seref‘s employee who received the packet might have opened the box to make sure there were no explosives and, upon seeing lovely looking biscuits, he couldn’t resist himself and tried one. Then, he liked it so much that he either finished them all on the spot or kept them to himself.
His another guess was that somehow the tin box had been delivered to Mr.Seref‘s house and his curious son opened it and saw the biscuits and decided to try one and ended up eating them all or taking them to his girlfriend because they were so delicious.
No matter which one is close to the truth, my question is this. How come these nutty cookies that were directly in the tin were saved and the lemon lavender biscuits that were ribboned separately in plastic wrappers were all gone? Whoever stole my biscuits wasn’t very subtle in the crime, right? It would have been easier to take away a few from the pile of cookies without being noticed than to risk being caught by taking the entire item.
I was very sad that Mr.Seref didn’t get to taste that delicious Lemon Lavender Honey Biscuits but Mr.O says that I should forgive the perpetrator and take the incident as a real compliment for my lovely biscuits. However, I am still furious, thinking about the event because I put a lot of time and effort in making them for Mr.Seref. He consoled me, saying I can always make them again when I come down to Fethiye, but I know the taste of biscuits won’t be the same as the ones that went missing.
It was a funny post. You know why? Th title was Nutty cookies and I only talked about the unfortunate Lemon Lavender Biscuits. 🙂 I must have been heat-stroked. Well, I will leave you with the recipe to remind you what the post was meant to be about. Don’t ignore these nutty cookies because they are equally delicious!
Healthy Flax seed Nutty Cookies
1 cup wholewheat flour
1 cup ground nuts (almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts)
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1 stick (110g) butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar (a bit more if desired)
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
1. Preheat the oven to 180’C and line the baking tray with parchment.
2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar, and whisk in the egg.
3. Sift all the dry ingredients into the bowl and mix gently.
4. Spoon the mixture and drop it onto the baking sheet and flatten it lightly with a finger tip.
5. Bake for 15-18 mins until they are golden brown and leave it in the oven for 5 mins before turning them onto the rack to cool.
- Biscuits for unexpected guests (eatinginedinburgh.wordpress.com)
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- Grain free, nut free, refined sugar free, dairy free biscuit recipe (kidsrecipesandorganisedchaos.wordpress.com)