Today I was in desperate need for something to fulfill my sweet tooth. There were no sweets in the house, besides grapes. And fruit just wasn’t going to cut it. I did make a pit stop at Whole Foods today and I was very proud of myself for resisting temptation there. I bypassed the coconut macaroons and just barely drooled over the jumbo sugar cookies in the bakery cookies. Note to self: do not go to grocery store hungry. You would think I had already learned this lesson. Alas, I have not.
I had a major craving for something that I have made several times before: Vanilla Wafer Cookies. The cookie is a mix of vanilla and buttery, sugary goodness. I initially found the recipe on Sparkpeople. I have modified it a little bit each time to make it better and the result is a really nice, crispy cookie.
Vanilla Wafer Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg white
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg white and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture and mix well. To form cookies, take 2 teaspoonfulls worth of dough and roll into a ball. Drop onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Should make about 35 cookies.
On another note, I had an awesome run tonight. I went two miles. Tonight I took my Ipod and maybe it was because it was a stressful day or maybe it was the fast music I was listening to . . . but I really pushed myself tonight. When I was almost home, it was technically going to be my cool down period but then a fast song came on that just inspired me to keep running. And that was a little bit of a miracle since my legs were feeling shaky at that point. But I pushed it and it felt great. I was going to do another workout when I got home, but my legs were like jelly by that point. Seriously . . . quivering like jelly and I had to sit down. Or bake cookies. Whatever.
Also, I tried some sunflower seed butter that I had heard about. Granted, it was not the Trader Joe’s brand that I heard was awesome. I bought this brand at Whole Foods. And I did not like it at all. It was a waste of $5. It was very bitter. I had heard good things about the other brand, but I’m not sure how I feel about spending the money to try it out again. Maybe I should wait until I can have peanut butter again. But I miss peanut butter so much! I guess that just goes to show you there is no substitute for the real thing.