Monday, June 19, 2017

Paleo-Okay Cookies

Richie is taking a French lesson class.  The other week it was the professor's birthday and  a small party was planned.  So he got out his crowd-pleaser recipe for Chocolate Sparkle Cookies and whipped up a batch.

They were a big hit and two of the women asked for the recipe (always so flattering.)  One said that she had a taken a few home with her and her family loved them - "And that's not easy to do," she said, "One is a vegetarian, another other is on the paleo diet ..."

Paleo diet?  What are "paleos"?  Something to eat that I didn't know about when I could have been feasting?  Hmmmm... 

Research pulled up the Paleo Diet or as it is affectionately called by some "The Stone Age Diet."  It is a program where the diner eats only those foods that would have been available in those days.  Such as meat 19 to 35% of the diet, vegetables and fruits high in fiber for 35 to 45% of the diet.   Eggs, nuts, seeds, avocado or olive oils, but NO alcohol or coffee.  I for one can't believe they never let a piece of fruit sit out until it turned to some version of alcohol.  Granted they were thought to be a primitive people, but ...

I think it might be a great deal easier to make a batch of cookies than wander into the supermarket and ask at the butcher counter for 3 lbs. of dinosaur ribs,  a dozen raptor eggs and a bunch of avocados to grind down into oil. 

1/2 lb. semisweet chocolate
3 T soft butter
2 eggs
1/3 cup sugar plus some set aside to roll the warm cookies
3/4 cup ground almonds

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler and add the butter, stir well.
Beat in the eggs one by one while adding the sugar
Fold the chocolate into the eggs, butter and sugar and gently add the ground almonds  Mix well.
Refrigerate overnight

Next day preheat the oven to 325 and form the dough into small-ish balls.  Bake for 9 to 12 minutes.  When they've cooled a little bit, roll them in the loose sugar. 

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