Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Basket of 'Googies'

Little Red Riding Hood lives at my house. No matter where you are - she'll find you, with her basket of 'googies' in tow. An imaginary wolf hides behind the couch, or under the dining table - always ready to leap out and frighten our little heroine away. But she persists. She's very stubborn, our Little Red.

And if I really was Granny, and I really was sick in bed, I think these googies (er - cookies) might just do the trick. A touch of lime ... and cumin ... it sounds like a strange combination, but it really works! A little tangy, a little sweet, a little savoury, and oh so buttery. What's not to love about these cookies?  

Cumin and Lime Cookies 
makes ~ 20
adapted from Marie Claire Zest

The time
10 min prep + 12 min baking

The ingredients
1/2 c softened butter
3/4 c raw sugar
1 organic egg
3 Tbs lime juice
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cumin powder
1 1/2 c + 1 Tbs wholemeal spelt flour*
1 tsp baking powder
4 dried figs, chopped finely (optional)

+ yogurt and honey (optional) to serve

*You can substitute regular wholemeal flour here, but I do recommend trying spelt. It's lovely and soft and has a slightly different nutritional profile from regular wheat. And we like variety!

**Try to use organic ingredients when you can, particularly for the eggs.

The process
1. Preheat the oven to 180C or 350F (160C fan-forced). Line a large cookie sheet or two with baking paper.

2. Cream together the butter and sugar, then add the egg, lime, vanilla, and cumin. Mix well.

3. Add the flour and baking powder to the wet ingredients and mix well. Transfer tablespoon-sized portions of dough onto the cookie sheets, leaving a 5cm (2") between them. 

4. Bake for about 12 min, until golden. Remove from the oven, cool on the sheet for about 5 min and then transfer the cookies from the sheet to a wire rack for the remainder of the cooling process.

These cookies came out to be $0.20 each, or $4 for the whole batch.

And by the way, that wolf wasn't really all that bad. I mean, I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt. I'm sure he was just after that basket of 'googies', right?

Amanda xx


Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I once had a roommate mistake curry powder for cinnamon and it made excellent oatmeal cookies. It's crazy how the "savory" spices can really work in sweets sometimes, no?

Easy peasy organic said... [Reply to comment]

How funny! Do you have the recipe? I wouldn't mind trying curried oatmeal cookies!

Cacau said... [Reply to comment]

Dear Amanda,

My name is Cacau (in portuguese is the same as cocoa) and I am from Brazil. I found your blog browsing around ... And in a matter of 2 days I read almost every posts you have published! Fantastic, amazing, and very very inspiring.

You are one of a kind :)

I wish you all the best :)

Easy peasy organic said... [Reply to comment]

Cacau - lovely to meet you! Thanks for sending the note ... it means a lot to me to hear that you've been inspired :)

We love Brazil, and hope to get back there soon - a few years ago my husband and I did some work in Sao Paolo and then had a holiday in Paraty. We ate way too much and drank way too many caproskas.

And loved every minute!

T. Martin said... [Reply to comment]

What do you mean by raw sugar? Granulated sugar?

Easy peasy organic said... [Reply to comment]

@T. Martin

It's less processed than regular sugar - there's more information and a link to even *more* information on my What Is page at

Hope this helps!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

These cookies sound delicious!!I like the savory and sweet!!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Can these be made w/ out the egg? Any tips?

Easy peasy organic said... [Reply to comment]

@Anonymous You could try 1/4 cup applesauce ... I haven't done so, but it seems to be a generally-used egg substitute in baking. Good luck! Axx

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