My fingers are sticky and there is melted chocolate on my keyboard. Steam is rising from the sink and my goopy dishes are soaking. The oven is cooling down now, but it has helped to bring a little warmth into the kitchen on this rainy, autumn morning. Coffee has been poured, baked goods have been tested and I’m finally starting to feel more like myself.
I’ve been waking up at 3:00 am on the dot every few days or so for the past month. It’s not all that terrible, but I am SO over just laying in bed thinking about all of the things that need to be done before the baby is due:
- Finish painting nursery
- Set up furniture
- Stop global warming…
So, in an attempt to battle the lists and my anxiety over the most recent environmental reports regarding “humanity’s impending doom,” I decided I would get up and bake some cookies.
If you are having anxiety and just need a tasty, gluten-free break from it all, give this recipe a try. I find that even just the baking process itself can be soothing.
I have a few different versions of this recipe going now – my original, my husband’s favorite and the gluten-free version that I can enjoy. Here is the gluten-free version:
Gluten-Free Maple Chocolate Chip Cookies
*Recipe makes approximately 13 – 15 cookies*
1 large egg (room temperature)
2 cups gluten-free all-purpose baking flour (I like Pamela’s All-Purpose Flour)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
12 Tbsp. Unsalted butter (softened, but NOT melted)
1.5 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
Combine the dry ingredients (except for the chocolate chips) in the bowl of an electric stand mixer with the paddle attachment.
On low speed, add in the egg, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Turn speed up to medium and mix until all ingredients evenly combined (about 1 minute).
Remove the bowl from the mixing stand and pour in the chocolate chips. Fold in the chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.
Drop heaping tablespoons of the dough about 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake each batch for about 12-15 minutes (depends on your oven)
Allow the cookies to cool slightly on the cookie sheet for about 2 minutes and then remove with a spatula and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
Disclaimer: This recipe will not save the environment or humanity. Baking may bring you some peace of mind and the delicious cookies may help too.
It’s too bad there isn’t a readily available recipe to easily reduce carbon emissions…
1) Two heaping measures of good data, thoughtfully compared and respectfully discussed amongst global political leaders
2) One measure of global political support for significant reduction of carbon emissions
3) Three measures of zealous support from energy companies & big businesses
4) One measure of a good plan for implementation
Carefully combine all ingredients and allow to be respectfully discussed and revised in a timely manner. Draw up plan in a timely manner and agree to plan. Thoughtfully implement the plan…
The preservation of the environment has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. Everything I have done and my family does in this regard is on a small scale compared to what needs to be accomplished, but we are doing it. I have protested and advocated at the local and state level and volunteered my legal services for environmental non-profits. We try to only use biodegradable and environmentally safe products in our home and reduce waste as much as possible.
Still, even with all of our education and efforts, we depend on fossil fuels and the companies who provide them. We will keep doing our small part and encourage others to take action as best they can. Even if we are only making little steps, it is better than being complacent.