I love to bake, especially during the winter. This year, I decided to make extra batches of cookies and freeze them, so I could pull cold cookies out of the freezer when it’s a 100 or so outside. I had to make extra trips for chocolate, peanut butter, and toffee chips, but for the most part the standard ingredients were used and readily available.
But then it came to the almond cookies.
Next to sugar cookies, almond cookies are my favorite. Yum. I have two recipes. One that uses ground almonds and one that uses almond paste. I have a food processor so I coarsest grind my own almonds for the cookies. Easy-peasy.
Finding almond paste was another matter.
I went to Walmart and Sprouts. Nada. Sprouts had more raw ingredients (duh), but at Walmart I was shocked at the end caps and seasonal displays. Lots of mixes for cookies of all sorts, stuffing and various food kits.
Did I miss the part where folks stopped cooking from scratch. We spent 10 minutes cruising the aisles looking for molasses then picked from the one variety offered. I couldn’t even find colored jimmies without a can of frosting attached. What? I guess I missed the memo about no more cooking from scratch.
And while I was willing to chalk it up to being Walmart, hubby has banned me from making cookies and breads for his coworkers. They prefer the store bought kind. Sure enough, during the potluck they had he brought in store cookies and someone made from scratch chocolate chip cookies. The store bought were gone but there were only 1/4 of the home baked. He proudly patted his stomach to say he’d eaten most of them.
For years I’ve watched common sense become a rarity, now I see our tastebuds are leaving, too.
Bleah, I’ll keep making cookies from scratch until they pry that spatula from my cold, dead hands.
Anyone else have a favorite food that can only be satisfied by homemade?