Monday, September 18, 2006

Mondays with Maida - Whole-Wheat Honey Wafers


Page 160 in the old book / page 198 in the new book

Last week was the first of a string of plain brown cookies that will be featured here over the coming weeks. This doesn't make for very interesting photos - hence the bow tie on these fellas. Though these cookies come in a plain brown wrapper, they are not at all plain. With honey, brown sugar, coffee, spices, and plenty of butter, you might not even realize that these crispy cookies are also whole wheat. In fact, I know at least one of the cookie panelists didn't.

Maida cautions that you not underbake these since they should be crisp. I'll second that - I didn't underbake any, but I tried one while still warm, before it had become crisp. It was not nearly as good as the fully cooled cookie. The texture of the warm cookie was dry, mealy, and verging on unpleasant. So, make sure you bake these long enough, resist temptation and allow them to fully cool, and then enjoy them!

Here's the panel...

Suzanne: "The taste of the cookie reminded me of a gingerbread cookie. The cookie’s shape was round, crunchy and melted in your mouth. I enjoyed the cookie and gave it a 4. Rating - 4.0"

Denny: "Little too crunchy but I liked them a lot. How can you not like something with that name? Rating - 3.0"

Laura: "A yummy mild spice cookie - crunchy with a nice texture. Rating - 3.5"

Terri: "Light and slightly spicey! These are delicious with a buttery flavor. Very similar to last week's 'Whole Wheat Sqaures' but a crunchier and spicer flavor. Rating - 3.5"

Overall rating by the panel - 3.5

Next Week - Wild-Honey and Ginger Cookies

Nutrition Facts

9 comments:

rowena said...

They may not be the fanciest looking of cookies, but I still hold to the fact that they lean on the "healthy side". ;-) Interesting to note that one of the panelists missed the wholewheat factor, so I reckon that they weren't too heavy in mouthfeel!

Luisa said...

All of these "plain" looking cookies are my favorite kinds! Wholesome cookies are just the best.

Cathy said...

Hi Rowena! Well... healthy in terms of fiber perhaps :) There's a chain restaurant around here and I used to get a kick out of their description of their mashed potatoes, "...made with wholesome dairy products..." as in whole milk and whole butter I suppose!

Hi Luisa! I agree, but sometimes I think we're in the minority! Actually, these spicy cookies, though plain-looking, seem to be going over better than some of the plain cookies from the last chapter.

Nupur said...

They look like they would be wonderful dipped in some steaming hot "chai"! I love your cookie pictures, and this one is so pretty with the bow :)

Cathy said...

Hi Nupur! Thank you! Mmmm chai... especially with the cooler weather we're having now!

J said...

hi cathy, sometimes plain is best - and with a recipe as fantastic as this, simplicity is perfection itself ;) bow tie or not, i think they look beautiful!

Cathy said...

Hi Jocelyn! Thanks so much! There is something appealing about the uniformity of rolled cookies, I'll grudgingly give them that :)

Rosa said...

So pretty with the red ribbon. Yum!

Cathy said...

Thanks Rosa!