Whoohoo, it's Friday! I hope you all have great weekends planned. Will you be celebrating Valentine's Day early?
Speaking of Valentine's Day, I have to admit I don't get all that worked up about it. I expect Valentine's Day to be a year round, any given day, kind of thing. Daily, sweet and kind, gestures are my cup of tea. My husband gets off scott-free.
To celebrate the day of love, I've baked some "heart healthy" cookies. Almond Butter Maple Cookies. Almonds and maple make a very good team. Does this count as a Valentine's cookie? Is calling a cookie "heart healthy" remotely romantic?
Almond Butter Maple Cookies - makes one dozen
(this recipe is from "Alive" magazine)
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract (I used vanilla. Didn't have almond. Rats.)
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 almonds, chopped
Preheat oven 350f/180c (keep in mind that the dough has to be refrigerated for an hour).
In a bowl, mix together the almond butter, maple syrup, oil and extract. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until combined. Fold in chopped almonds. Refrigerate dough for at least one hour.
Roll heaping tablespoons of dough into balls, and place onto parchment paper lined baking sheet, and flatten to about 1/3". Bake for about 10 minutes, or until edges start to turn golden brown. They smell so good!
Have a great weekend! Back Soon.