Concerning Homemade Almond Milk and the Byproducts Thereof: Almond Pulp Cookies!

Pictured: four out of eight cookies (I ate the rest...)

Pictured: four out of eight cookies (I ate the rest…)

When I need milk I make my own almond milk because, as I’m sure that most people know by now, adult humans really shouldn’t be drinking milk. Store bought dairy-free milks aren’t really an option either because they normally have an emulsifier and thickener called carrageenan, which likely causes such wonderful effects as “inflammation, gut irritation, and even cancer.” 

The problem with almond milk is once you go through the process of grinding up the almonds in a blender and filtering out the liquid (here is a recipe if you’d like to know more), you wind up with a ton of leftover almond pulp that you have to either toss or dry out and store somehow and hope it doesn’t get moldy.

Or you could use it as an excuse to make cookies!

Dear thin mints,

Let’s put aside our differences for just a moment: Yes, I have a favorite but that doesn’t mean that you should feel bad. Comparing cookies is like apples and oranges. But falling under the cookie umbrella at all gives you a significant advantage in my cookie-loving life.

Thin mints, you are positively beautiful: Covered in chocolate, crunchy chocolate cookie on the inside with a fresh, minty burst. And the secret step of storing you in the freezer? It’s better than ice cream (but of course, frozen thin mints on top of ice cream is even better).

So stick around, thin mints. I like you.

Love,

A

Hello thin mints. I've missed you.

Hello thin mints. I’ve missed you.

Dear caramel delites,

It’s like Christmas every time you come around. I could curl up in a blanket with a hot cuppa anything, grab an entire box and chow down. And had I never tried one, I would never have known that I like the flavor of coconut (yeah sorry, I’m one of those “like the taste, not the texture” people, but something’s better than nothing).

To be honest, it’s a good thing you’re around only once a year. If I could get you whenever I wanted, I’d spend my life buried in a blanket with cookie crumbs all over the place. So thanks, but no thanks, Girl Scouts (but really, give me four boxes)!

Regardless of my expanding waistline, I’m glad you’re here. It’s a delight.

Love,
A

The deceptively addicting Girl Scout Cookie known as the caramel delite.

The deceptively addicting Girl Scout Cookie known as the caramel delite.

Dear chocolate chip Oreo cookies,

Chocolate chip cookies with Oreo crumbles

Chocolate chip cookies with Oreo crumbles

I started on this sugary path to you when I found a coupon for a free package of Oreos at the grocery store. And for some reason, my brain thought, ‘What can I make with these?’

Forget that Oreos are good enough, sweet enough, delicious enough, diet-busting enough on their own, but I had the urge to use them on a grander palate of cookiedom. What resulted was cookie Inception.

Since I’m still kind of a newbie, my cookies looked a little different and came out crunchier, but they were still a hit at the office. I’ll take that.

Love,
A

Dear Hot Box Cookies,

Let’s begin by establishing the fact that if I could sustain on cookies for the rest of my life, I think I would. At first, when the frozen yogurt place that used to be on Mass St. closed, I was very sad. But like a beam of sunlight, a cookie shop filtered through the sugary clouds and once again, I have a go-to place for treats during the day.

Cookies at Hot Box are warm and gooey with that fresh-out-of-the-oven taste. I haven’t tried all the flavors yet, but the chocolate varieties are top notch.

Love,
A

Don't bother reaching for these delectable delights, they're on a lazy Susan for your convenience.

Don’t bother reaching for these delectable delights, they’re on a lazy Susan for your convenience.

There's a lot of yummy cookies on there, but my eyes are on those chocolatey ones up front.

There’s a lot of yummy cookies on there, but my eyes are on those chocolatey ones up front.