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Pepita Ginger Oatmeal Chewies

Hiiii!

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Happy August, lovers and friends! It’s my birthday month (weeeeeeeee but also ahhhh) which is both great and absolutely terrifying. Great because: I have fun planzzz ahead of me, August is generally beautiful in San Diego, I’ll finally be 21 (PARTY YEAHHH but actually totally kidding; all I really want is to be able to order a beer out without fear of being arrested), and just because to be quite honest, who doesn’t love birthdays? Terrifying because: I am rapidly approaching the age when the term “adult” is unavoidable (shhhh I’m still in denial), summer is almost over (?!), and school/real life commences again in a short couple of weeks. I have exciting things ahead of me though. Exciting and scary, but exciting nonetheless. I guess that’s “adulthood” (shudder).

Anyways: cookies. Thanks to these, I have molasses in my hair. Though that’s probably not surprising to hear. My mom voiced recently that she’s been craving ginger molasses cookies but I feel like that’s just too unseasonal right now so I kiiinda made my own version of that. They’re not exactly the chewy ginger cookies she was looking for, but I think it was a nice compromise. Not that these are any more summery, really (oatmeal cookies are summery, right…?), but I don’t knoooow ginger cookies just seemed too much like Christmas to make right now. These seemed more appropriate, for no reason in particular. The texture of these cookies remind me a lot of the legendary Cheese Shop oatmeal cookies (you all owe it to yourselves to go get a sandwich and cookie from here stat, assuming you live in San Diego), but with a little extra spiciness added. Plus my lil pumpkin seeds, of course! I loosely based these off of this Green Kitchen Stories recipe with a couple little changes here and there. Check it out, yo:

1 1/3 c. old fashioned oats
1/2 c. coconut oil, softened to room temperature
1/4 c. honey
2 Tbsp. molasses
1/4 c. almond meal
1/4 c. milk
1/2 c. pepitas
2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. vanilla
A pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to the usual 350°. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients (yep, that’s it!) and plop heaping spoonfuls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. I got 16 cookies total–8 per cookie sheet. Flatten each cookie out as much as possible with the back of a spoon until they’re all thin and spread out. Make sure they’re not too close together; they’ll spread even more when baking. Stick ’em in the oven for about 8 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. If they spread enough to touch one another, don’t worry! Once you pull them out, use a spatula to gently separate them and shape them a little before they set. Let them cool completely on the cookie sheet before transferring them to a cooling rack. Do this carefully! They’re fragile little guys!

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These cookies are so nice and thin and spicy and chewy and oatmeal-y and lovely. A little different from my usual thick, chewy cookie preference, but still good. Change is good, right? My dad is certainly a fan–he’s already eaten 3 of them. What else is new.

Happy (almost) weekend, loves! Go get yourself some sunshine.

Love, Emily

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Ginger Almond Scones

Hi friends,

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Happy Hump Day…….meh. I’m drowning in work/stressful things and I just want to ignore my responsibilities, bake, and eat these scones always. As I mentioned in my previous post, I have lots of baking things to use up before I leave and I had some ricotta in my fridge (but naturally, nothing to cook with…and no eggs…), so ricotta scones it was! These are delicious. They’re wonderfully moist (I hate this word but I had to, I’m sorry) while still retaining that great, crumbly scone texture. The almondy part of them comes from almond flour, which makes them healthier AND adds a nice nutty taste. I cannot wait to get home tonight and eat one with an ice cold glass of milk.

1 c. almond flour

1 c. whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/4 c. sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, chopped into small pieces

3/4 c. part skim ricotta

1/3 c. milk

1/2 c. chopped crystallized ginger

Preheat your oven to 400 and prepare 2 baking sheets by greasing them with coconut oil/whatever you grease things with. Whisk together your dry ingredients (flours, baking powder, sugar, salt and ginger). Add the butter and mix together with your hands until combined into a coarse, meal-y consistency. Once combined, fold in the ricotta and the milk until smooth and eventually add the ginger. Don’t overmix! With a spoon, drop heaping tablespoon-sized portions onto your prepared cookie sheets–you should end up with about 12 scones, depending on what size spoonfuls you end up with. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the edges start to get lightly golden brown. Let them cool for a few minutes before transferring them elsewhere with a spatula. Enjoy!

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You may notice the bottoms of some of these scones are a little toasty. I took them out right at 12 minutes and this is how they turned out. They’re not bad; they don’t taste burnt or anything. But perhaps 350 for 15-18 minutes-ish would have been a better call. Not sure. If/when I make these again, I’ll be sure to update the recipe.

Mmmmm I love ginger. I quite enjoyed nibbling on little bits of crystallized ginger as I made these. Delicious.

Love, Emily