I am not a ‘Mommy Blogger’ but I am a mom who blogs. For the most part I don’t fold my family activities in with my food and drink exploits in print, though this past Mother’s Day offered a recipe too good not to share.
I like a simple Mother’s Day. No ‘stuff’. I believe the most valuable gift one can share is their time so some good food and simple moments are all I need. A day without laundry responsibilities works for me too. After being asked to relocate to a different area in the house I eventually began to smell the distinct wafts of chocolate from the kitchen. I came down to find the most gorgeous Chocolate Truffle Cookies (gluten free) baked at the hands of my third grade son (with some supervision from my husband). He was beaming with accomplishment and rightly so after trying them. These are not the misshapen, questionably flavored cookies of a soppy Hallmark commercial; those cookies only a mother could love. These cookies are rich, perfectly flavored and elegant in appearance. And nothing I’d seen in our house before.
The cookies were made from scratch leaving me all the more intrigued. When I asked about the recipe source my son told me he had Googled ‘gluten free recipes for Mother’s Day kids can make themselves’ and this is where he landed. The cookies are a perfect cross between a chocolate cookie and a brownie. They bear a glossy patina and a perfect moist, textured bite with chunks of chocolate and walnuts.
The original recipe is gluten free though if you desire to make them with gluten, substitute your favorite all purpose flour and proceed with the rest of the recipe as written. For those gluten free, the recipe calls out a specific gluten-free flour brand. My chef did NOT use the specified flour, or any added gums (xanthan or guar) and the cookies were beautiful. Use your favorite all purpose gluten free flour blend.
Since no adaptations were made to the original recipe I’m including a link and not reprinting it: Chocolate Truffle Cookie recipe (click here).
Being an equal opportunity parent I will share a visual from my elder child’s efforts. Another thoughtful culinary endeavor I excitedly mistook for something different; ‘Are these Jell-O shots?!’ Complete ‘Inappropriate Mommy’ moment. My nubile teen sweetly told me they were made from her American Girl ‘Tiny Treats’ cookbook and were mock watermelon slices, doll size. Hollowed out lime (I’d seen the pulp earlier and was sure that meant there was a Margarita nearby), filled with Black Cherry Jell-O penetrated by a skewer and inserted mini chocolate chips for seeds. You can probably wager a guess at how they tasted, but who doesn’t love some culinary exploration in Lilliputian proportion?
Most tots when pouring their hearts into Mother’s Day verse might use ‘Mother’, ‘Mommy’ or maybe their beloved mother’s given name as the basis for their acrostic poem (main words run vertically on the left of the poem generating horizontal phrases from each letter relevant to the poem’s subject). My Renaissance Man…..well, you can read for yourself. Learning Voldemort reads my blog was definitely a high point of the day.