Babysitters Club Bakes Thumbprint Cookies + Triple Seed Brittle
CHI --> MKE. Phew, I'm officially home for the holidays.
Last night my niece Zi came over for some quality time with auntie b + grams + pops + stella. We read books, sang songs, danced, talked about Santa [shhh, ho ho ho!] .... but more importantly, we baked! Oo ditty, we made some delicious holiday treats. Yes, babysitters club knows how to turn up on a Saturday night with some healthy baking!
But first, we needed to prep! Yes, earlier in the day my mom and I ventured to the grocery store for some last minute Christmas dinner essentials + ingredients for the holiday treats. I was set on recreating two recipes from a naturally sweet healthy holiday treats class we attended a few weeks ago at Whole Foods [thumbprint cookies + triple seed brittle]. The recipes are simple [easy-peasy, people!], but many of the ingredients are not staple items in the Kuehn kitchen. Almond flour, ground flax seed, nori sheets ... you get the point. Miss Meg just rolls her eyes at me. Alright, alright, we'll go to the store. She says that I'm an expensive house guest :)
Any holy moly was the grocery store crowded. We shopped and bopped. We maneuvered through the chaos. With my list in hand, we got the goods.
I prepared the thumbprint cookie dough first [recipe here]. Then, when Zi arrived, she helped me with the most important part - the thumbprint! The cookies turned out to have a taddddd more than a single print, but hey, the gal has teeny-tiny hands... and it left a bigger indent for more jam to be added. How could you even complain about that?!
Zi was the best lil assistant an auntie could ask for!
Grams showed her the way!
Then we added the jam [a blend of cherries, strawberries, bluerries and raspberries]. ba-zam!
Into the oven the cookies went for about 12 min to bake.
Zi alerted me when the buzzer beeped [woah!]. We checked that the cookies were finished baking and then let them cool on a wire rack.
My assistant needed a quick break to drink her agua and chill on the sofa with pops + stella. So Auntie B flew solo with the next recipe.
Next up ... triple seed brittle! I was skeptical about this recipe. But honestly, make it. It's bomb.com! Minimal ingredients, minimal effort, but huge flavor! The nori adds just the right amount of saltiness to balance out the sweetness from the maple syrup and the nuts give it that perfect crunch!
- 3/4 cup sesame seeds
- 3/4 cup sunflower seeds, raw [we accidentally bought roasted. whoops! ya live, la learn.]
- 3/4 cup pumpkin seeds, raw
- 3 - 4 sheets nori
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 325. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add all 3 seeds to a large skillet. Toast while frequently stirring with a spoon [about 3 - 5 min].
- While the seeds are toasting, use kitchen scissors to cut the nori sheets into small, thin pieces. Pour seed mixture into a large bowl with the nori pieces.
- Add the maple syrup to the nori and seeds. Then mix, mix!
- Pour the entire mixture onto the lined baking sheets, use a spatula to spread it into an even layer.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool for about 30 min. Break into medium sized pieces!
We taste tested both treats [duh], but are planning to store them away to enjoy on Christmas. The cookies are not overly sweet so they'd be perfect for brekki actually. And the nori is a cute lil snack that can be enjoyed all day!