Jan 22 2010
Mesquite Chocolate Chip Cookies
I’ve had the Super Natural Cooking cookbook by Heidi Swanson (of 101 Cookbooks) for a few years now. One of the recipes that I marked right away was this cookie recipe. The only thing holding up a batch of these cookies however was getting some Mesquite flour. Mesquite flour is made from the pods of the Mesquite (not the wood) which is ground up into a flour or meal. Of course in the book there are resources on where to order it online, but I never got around to doing that.
This year, as part of my Christmas present, my girlfriend gave me a half pound of Mesquite flour from the Arizona Mesquite Company. So it was finally time to make the cookies. Baking with the mesquite flour was fun. The flour is very aromatic, and while its only a fraction of the flour in these cookies, you can definitely smell its there. There was one casualty while baking these cookies though. Breaking from my normal routine of only mixing by hand, I pulled out the electric hand mixer. Just as I was about done mixing there was a spark and smoke from the inside of the mixer. The mixer alas had mixed its last. I guess that’s what I get for trying to use technology while baking. In the end it was worth it though…these cookies were quite good.
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