I went on a date
With an Orange cornmeal cookie. But first I had yet another jar to test out from my box of goodies.
I’m not sure what I was expecting with this one but as the ingredients say…..Dates and water. You would be hard pressed to find a bigger date fan than me, but seriously people….a little imagination?
The usual taste test on the breakfast cookie produced exactly what I suspected. Nothing. No taste, no good. A little sprinkle of coconut helped.
Now on the bright side of this very bland condiment, I have a gadrillion ideas swimming around in my internal recipe site….my brain that is. A pity for the people who produced this yawn spread but a bonus for me so be on the lookout if you’re a date lover and even if your not cause you never know what you might be missing!
On to my date with Orange cornmeal cookies. Dairy free orange cornmeal cookies I should say.
I know I’ve really abused the orange season here but it seems to be lasting forever (which I love) but which mean I always have some on the table and inevitably always have a couple on the verge of orange heaven. I can’t watch that happen. Today I saved 2.
This recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart but as you can see, I’ve kind of changed it a bit As with milk substitutions, there are a variety of dairy free spread products you can buy. Right where you’d buy margarine there are different options and today I’m using one made with vegetable oil.
1/3 cup non dairy spread
1 orange zested
1/3 cup splenda (or icing sugar)
3 tbsp cornmeal (fine cornmeal)
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Using a hand-held mixer, blend spread, sugar and zest until creamy. Fold in cornmeal and flour. I made very small cookies because they are quiet delicate and managed to get 14 or 15 from the batch. Roll them into little balls and using a spoon, make an indent in the middle. Double this recipe and freeze if you like.
These were very much like a crumbly shortbread cookie and I’ll definitely be making them again. Orange sherbert with 2 served alongside would be a nice light dessert but still look fancy and still dairy free. Also, one of the easiest and quickest cookies I’ve ever made.
I’m thinking lemon and cranberries the next time.