4 Ingredient Almond Butter Pomegranate Cookies (Gluten Free)

Peanut butter and jelly? Yawn. It's all about almond butter and pomegranate now.

Since when, you might be asking? Um, well, since I received the biggest shipment ever of pomegranates and pomegranates. It was a free shipment from POM Wonderful. I thought that they were going to send me, like, six pomegranates.

Nope--they sent me like 20, plus a ton of arils. Basically, Everything's all about pomegranate right now. By everything I mean every recipe, every housewarming gift I offer, every morsel that passes through my mouth: it somehow involves pomegranate. And it's been fairly pleasurable. I have used them in tacos, I have given them to professional photographers, I have written about how to cut and de-seed a pomegranate, I have eaten more pomegranate than I've ever eaten in my life. 

Oh, and I also made cookies. Not just any cookies. The easiest but best type of cookies: the type that come together in minutes, and the ingredients are really just things that you probably already have on hand anyway.

This is an adaptation of my 3-ingredient almond butter cookies from Craftsy. In this version, it's a little augmented: instead of just three ingredients, I've added an honorary fourth: pomegranate.

The arils look like little gems on top of the cookies, and they add a pleasing tart flavor to the rich-sweet almond butter cookies. 

It's a simple addition, but a good one. I vote that almond butter and pomegranate should be an Official Thing, starting right here and now. 

Go ahead! Give it a try. Oh, and if you're living la vida gluten-free, lucky you: these are naturally grain and gluten-free. They're really like little mini almond butter souffles. 

4 ingredient almond butter pomegranate cookies

Makes about sixteen 2" cookies

  • about 16 teaspoons of pomegranate arils 
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Scatter the arils on a sheet of paper towel. Use a second paper towel to blot them dry. This will keep them clean and from making your cookies gummy.

Position a rack in the middle position of your oven, and preheat the oven to 300 F. Prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with parchment paper or a silicone mat. 

In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients together. They will come together into a decidedly batter-like mixture: thick, but still quite soft. 

Spoon teaspoonfuls of batter on to your prepared baking sheet, with a little space around each cookie to accommodate some spreading. You can use the back of the spoon to smooth the batter into a more pleasing circle shape, but don't spread it too thin. 

Sprinkle a few arils on top of each cookie.

Bake for 6-8 minutes, or for as long as it takes for the cookies to appear "set". This can depend on your oven and your altitude. I baked this particular batch at high altitude so they took a little longer, but I am including the instructions I used for the almond butter cookies I baked in North Carolina. Just keep on checking them til they're done, ok? 

Remove from the oven; let the cookies cool on the sheet for a while before transferring the entire parchment sheet to a wire rack so they can cool completely. 

Enjoy!

Make Dish Washing Easier By Making Chocolate Milk

This is a public service announcement designed to save you time and gain you snacks.

In general I don't mind washing dishes. But I do mind washing a pan or the top of a double boiler after I've melted chocolate inside. It's messy, it takes forever to clean, and I lament the loss of that chocolate. 

But never again will I lament. Nor should you. Because this is an amazing solution that saves you much of the cleaning hassle, and gives you a tasty snack. 

Make chocolate milk. 

You heard me. Next time you have chocolate scum all over the bottom and sides of a pan or double boiler, simply do this:

1: Pour some milk (non dairy alternatives are fine) in the pan.

2: Heat it on low until the chocolate melts into the milk. Stir every now and again to keep it from sticking or scorching. Scrape the sides of the pan to get all that chocolate goodness melted into the milk.

 

3: Enjoy as hot chocolate, or put it in a jar and save it in the fridge for later as a rich, thick chocolate milk. 

Note: Do not share with your pug, even though he tells you he is STARVING. 

Enjoy the fact that your pan is now much cleaner, and much easier to clean. And enjoy your snack, too.

Cue the "the more you know" music!

Love, CakeSpy

Science: Meringues Made From Freaking Chickpea Water

Guess what I used to make these meringues? FREAKING CHICKPEA WATER. And sugar and vanilla. That's it.

I had heard that you could make magical things using chickpea water. I even featured such a recipe on this site, from a guest contributor.

So the other day, when making roasted garbanzo beans, I reserved the chickpea water to try something out for myself.

I wasn't sure what I wanted to make, so I put the water in the fridge and thought about it. A day passed and I forgot about it. On day two, I remembered and made a note on my to-do list: "EITHER FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO WITH THE CHICKPEA WATER OR THROW IT OUT".

Now, I hate food waste, so that was motivation for me. I decided to find myself a recipe to utilize this freaking chickpea water.

This recipe looked simple and easy, and a good starting point, so I decided to give it a try.

I put the chickpea water (also known as "aquafaba" but I prefer "chickpea water") and some vanilla in a bowl, and started mixing.

I added some sugar in a slow, steady stream. I kept mixing.

I realized that i accidentally had put on the paddle attachment, not the whisk. Oops. I swtiched it, and kept on mixing.

I mixed this stuff for about 20 minutes, and at times, I thought nothing was going to happen. But then, after a bathroom break, vacuuming my house, and checking Facebook, it started to set. 

OMG - it freaking LOOKED like whipped egg whites, you guys! 

I tasted it. It tasted good. Normal. Not like a hummus byproduct. Honestly, sort of marshmallow-like.

I loaded the mixture into a bag and piped it on to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Pretty!

And I baked 'em up.

Well, I think I shouldn't have piped so decoratively nor should I have placed the meringues so close together, because this happened.

But in spite of appearances, the recipe wasn't ruined; I just cut apart the ones that were stuck together and enjoyed their new, decidedly boob-like, shape. 

They looked like meringues. Boob-like meringues, but still. 

They taste like meringues, with a slightly different aftertaste. But not bean-y. Just different. Sort of marshmallow-y, but without the chewiness, like sugary air. 

These are very nice meringues, and naturally gluten-free and vegan. So they're great if you have vegan or gf eaters you want to please. 

But mostly, do this for the magic. You'll feel like Mr. Wizard!

Chickpea water meringues

Makes about 20 - printable version here

  • Liquid strained from 1 can of chickpeas (15 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup sugar

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.

Pour the liquid and vanilla into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (I was so dopey, I mixed it for a few minutes with the paddle before I realized my mistake and switched!). 

With the mixer running, slowly pour in the sugar in a steady stream.

Whisk for a nice long while. It took me about 20 minutes to attain peaks on the mixture; during that time I prepped a baking sheet with a silicone liner. It took a while, but when they did "set", I was totally confounded. This LOOKED and felt like whipped egg whites. 

Load it up into a bag and pipe it on to your lined baking sheet. Leave space around each one. 

Bake anywhere from 1 hour to 2 hours, depending on the size and shape of your cookies. 

Have you ever baked with aquafaba (or as I call it, freaking chickpea water)?