With the absence of all-purpose flour at the grocery store since March, I’ve been trying out some flours that I wouldn’t typically buy. Teff has a gritty texture that I like in cookies and millet flour is a good substitute for wheat flours. Both teff and millet have 20% higher protein content than APF and, although we aren’t a strict gluten-free family but dabble in the GF world, I make it my mission as head cook to keep a wide array of foods in my family’s repertoire. Mostly so my kids won’t ask for chicken nuggets at an Indian restaurant.
Those days when I know I’m stretching hard to put a meal together and the result doesn’t look good even to me, I tell my kids “you’re probably not going to like dinner tonight”, and then watch how this reverse psychology not only wards off complaints but what child doesn’t enjoy proving mom wrong while eating gross things with a smile? This cookie from the Bob’s Red Mill recipe box, was not one of those hard sells.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Millet Cookies
Makes 24 cookies
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter, unsalted
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup millet flour
- 1/4 cup tapioca flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
With an electric mixer on medium, beat butter, peanut butter and sugars until creamy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until fully incorporated.
In a separate bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined.
Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate cookie dough for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil or use parchment paper to line baking sheet and scoop dough by the tablespoon.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until edges begin to brown. Let cool and enjoy.
Let this bit of inspiration brighten up your day.
And I love this from John Lewis’ 2012 memoir Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change,
“Our actions entrench the power of the light on this planet. Every positive thought we pass between us makes room for more light. And if we do more than think, then our actions clear the path for even more light. That is why forgiveness and compassion must become more important principles in public life.”