Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tuesdays with Dorie - Honey-Wheat Cookies

Wow, another Tuesday has rolled around! Seems like they come around quicker and quicker each week! This week it's all about cookies. Come to think of it, it was all about cookies last week too. But, this week, unlike the last several weeks (months?) there is no chocolate involved! Not that that makes me especially unhappy. I like chocolate, too much I think. But, it seems like there has been soooo much of it lately that a recipe that didn't call for some sort of chocolate was a welcome relief. (Wow, did I actually say that out loud?!?)

Anyway, this weeks recipe, Honey-Wheat Cookies,  was chosen by a long lost relative of mine, Michelle over at Flourchild. Well, we aren't' really relatives (or at least I don't think we are) but we do share the name Murphy. That is my maiden name and when I saw that Michelle was also a Murphy I promptly adopted her as a long lost relative. But, I am rambling again, and you came to see cookies, not listen to me prattle on about relatives and such. :}

I had never used my wheat germ to make cookies, or anything else for that matter. I sprinkle it in yogurt or on oatmeal or cold cereal. Other than that, the lonely jar just stays in the fridge, waiting to be used. This recipe was a chance to use it, and I was intrigued  by what it would be like in a cookie.

This recipe was so simple to put together. In no time I had it mixed up and chilling in the refrigerator. I did add a bit more lemon zest than the recipe called for. I added the zest of a whole lemon, and I think that might have been a bit more than the 2 teaspoons the recipe calls for. But, I wanted to highlight the lemon flavor. When I rubbed the zest into the sugar the aroma was wonderful and made me think of sunny days and springtime. Just the lift I needed with all the cold and snow we have had here in Virginia. Quite unusual actually for this part of the state. We don''t normally see much snow at all, let alone week after week of it. Oops. Rambling again.  Back to the cookies...

Simple to put together and simply delicious! I am not a tea drinker, but I had a couple (okay, several...alright, a lot!) of these with a cup of coffee and they were delicious. The lemon is the first thing I tasted, then the honey. The cookies are chewy, but there is also a slight crunch from the wheat germ, both inside the cookie and on the outside. My hubby said they were "alright", and helped himself to one of the chocolate chip pecan cookies I had in a jar on the counter. That was fine with me...just means I can actually have some of these. Wait, maybe that's not a good thing. Let me have another cookie and I will get back to you on that. :)

If you would like the recipe, go visit Michelle's blog. Her beautiful daughter helped her out this week. And, if you want to see what the rest of us TWDer's thought, go here.

30 comments:

  1. You and I think alike....did the lemon/sugar rub thing too. Proud to say something I learned from this baking exercise with Dorie. Your cookies look beautiful. I kind of forgot what they tasted like except I remembered the whole mild subtleness of their cookiedom.
    You run too. I am training for a 1/2 marathon that I am running with my daughter in April in Nashville. If I can stay healthy. Old bones ya know. hehe Thanks for sharing.
    AmyRuth

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  2. After three weeks of chocolate, which I love, this was a nice change. I made these for hubby so I made them gluten free, using ground nuts instead of the wheat germ and they came out. Your look like a comforting cookie.

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  3. These look really good, can't wait to bake them tomorrow!!

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  4. beautiful, perfect circles. great job!!! they looks so soft and inviting.

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  5. your cookies look amazing! perfect with a cup or tea OR coffee! I lvoed these as well!

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  6. I just love you! YOur so good to me! I will take you as a long lost relative any day!
    Im so happy you like the cookies! Thank you for baking with me this week and thank you for saying all the kind words!

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  7. Your cookies look delicious! I went crazy with the lime zest, so mine are nice and citrus-y. Think I'll have to bake up another 6 cookies after lunch.

    I love your snow picture. All we get out here is sunshine. ;) My best friend lives in Reston and I'm sure she'll be glad when the snow is gone.

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  8. Reading about how you used extra lemon zest, I'm almost sorry I didn't do the honey lemon version. They look much more like cookies than mine did!

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  9. Didn't you love these cookies? So light-I could eat the entire batch. Thanks for commenting on my meatballs. My cookies are posted now-late today!

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  10. You're right, the plate is a lot like mine, but I like yours better! Your cookies turned out great!

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  11. I was glad for a non-chocolate recipe too. I like the honey and lemon combination. Your cookies look great.
    Mimi

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  12. Wow, yours look really good! Mine soooo did not look like this - lol! :-)

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  13. what a great looking cookie. A nice change from chocolate.

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  14. I liked these too. As much as I like chocolate, I also like non-chocolate sweets. My wheat germ was just hanging out in the fridge too, so it was good to have a use for it!

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  15. I really need to try these with the lemon in them (I was lazy and didn't feel like zesting). Too bad that your husband didn't like them that much, but more for you, right? Oh, except maybe that's not such a good thing... =)

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  16. I absolutely loved these - the orange really kicked up the flavor. And as much as I love chocolate, it was nice to have a change.

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  17. When I finally got these baked, I really liked them! :) The lemon was very pleasant, but not overpowering. I'll be interested to see how they are the next day!!

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  18. Upping the lemon content was a good idea. I liked these too.

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  19. Your cookies look lovely, glad your lonely wheat germ had a chance to shine. I was afraid my boyfriend wouldn't like these and I'd be forced to eat them all myself, but luckily he's helping, probably because we don't have any CCC left.

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  20. I was skeptical about these because of the wheat germ, but they surprised me - yum! Yours look lovely and I think you had a good idea to add extra lemon zest. I'll definitely do that next time.

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  21. These look great! I really enjoyed these too and was happy having them all to myself. :)

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  22. I agree that we needed a chocolate break, and how nice to put that lonely jar of wheat germ to work! Beautiful cookies.

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  23. I'll be baking these up soon enough. I finally caved and bought that jar of wheat germ.

    Your cookies look delightful!

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  24. Great post, Susan, I really enjoyed reading your ramblins.
    Nice cookies!

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  25. These sound de-lish and your photos are great!

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  26. No matter what I do now, if I'm using zest I usually rub it into the sugar. It smells amazing. Nice job on these!

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  27. These cookies look lovely n delicious!!!!

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  28. Your cookies turned out delicious looking! I was surprised to find out the cookies didn't even taste healthy =)

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  29. Oh, these look lovely. I especially love the shot with them perched on the plate next to the coffee. I kept making tea to have an excuse to eat a cookie...you would not believe how much tea I had...LOL. I used a whole lemon zested as well...never enough lemon in things for me.

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  30. Ha! I think you are right! More for you indeed! They look delicious!

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