Thursday: What’s Baking?

There’s a blessing in having a younger sister who can take your children off your hands for that much deserved break I’ve been craving! Parents need a little time to themselves to collect their thoughts and to decide what’s next. So, you guessed right, my kids are away for 3 days! First of all, I haven’t completed nearly as many tasks this entire quarantine, as I did today! I organized bookshelves, and cupboards overflowing with homeschooling essentials (Yes, I’m sure parents are waiting for me to share the tips, which will be posted next week). I also managed to cook the “Southern Chicken and Waffles” for last night’s dinner that was posted on this week’s “What’s for Dinner?”, as well as try a new sugarless cookie recipe! Check this out:

Sugar-Free Date Cookies

Sugar-Free Date Cookies

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ very ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Directions

Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Step 2: Combine the dates, pecans, water, banana, egg, butter, and vanilla extract in a bowl.
  • Step 3: Whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together in a separate bowl. Add to the date mixture and stir until well combined.
  • Step 4: Drop dough by tablespoonfuls about 1 inch apart onto the prepared baking sheet and flatten lightly with the palm of your hand.
  • Step 5: Bake in the preheated oven until cookies start to brown around the edges, being careful not to over-bake, for 11 to 13 minutes. Transfer cookies immediately to a wire rack to cool.

Cook’s Note:

Cookies won’t spread out much when baked, so you can place them fairly close together.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving:83 calories; 2.8 g total fat; 14 mg cholesterol; 73 mg sodium. 13.9 g carbohydrates; 1.5 g protein;

*Recipe taken from allrecipes.com

Here are a few photos of my cookies and my Southern Chicken and Waffles:

My thoughts on the cookies? They are sweetened well with the dates and banana, but they are too cakey, and not crisp like a classic cookie would be. Not a big fan of a cake cookie, and the taste is just a pass. I am looking for a cookie that is much like a chocolate chip one that crunches nicely in your mouth, and washes down well with a nice hot tea. Let’s just say that I’m still on the lookout for the perfect recipe.

The chicken and waffles, however, were quite fabulously flavourful! Who would have thought to add shallots (green onions) and cheddar cheese to a waffle batter! Trust me, you need to give this recipe a try for yourself to understand what I mean. The fried chicken was juicy, crispy, and had a subtle kick from the hot sauce, which was added to the brine. Listen, do not skip out on the hot sauce, even if it’s just a dash. It brought new meaning to southern fried chicken!

If I keep going on like this, I just may have an empty to-do list when summer hits in a few weeks! I wonder if my sister wouldn’t mind taking my kids a regular thing for a while? Lol! Anyway, keep smiling my friends, and happy Thursday everyone!

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