Tuesday, February 23, 2010

TWD: Honey-Wheat Cookies

These cookies are a perfect illustration of one of the reasons that I love being a part of the Tuesdays With Dorie group. If they hadn't been "assigned" to me for this week, I would have never made them, and that would have been a shame. I may have a new "almost-favorite" cookie!
I never would have thought that I'd make a cookie that contained wheat germ. Heck, I didn't know what one would do with a jar of wheat germ! But I bought a jar, and I'm glad I did! (And I did buy the "honey crunch" flavor, because I thought it just sounded tasty!) These cookies are so simple...some of the ingredients include wheat germ, lemon zest, and honey. I loved the flavor of these cookies. They were sweet from the honey, but I loved the slight lemon flavor. They taste like something I've had before, but I can't put my finger on it.
As I was rolling these cookies out, dredging them in the wheat germ, and pressing them into rounds, I found myself thinking about my grandfather, Grandydaddy. He owned and worked a cattle farm that I grew up on. He was on the farm every single day, and I loved to go "help" him, especially when I was little. He had a barn full of cats, and I loved to try to catch them! The farm was the one he grew up on, and "The Ol' Homeplace" is still there. It was his parents' house (my great-grandparents), but now it's in a state of disrepair. Anyway, he had a refrigerator in the house that held two things: Pepsis and Zagnut candy bars. I remember loving to stop by that house for a can of Pepsi and a Zagnut with Grandydaddy. And the whole time I was rolling, dredging, and pressing, I remembered eating those Zagnuts with Grandydaddy. He passed away about 10 years ago, and guess it's been even longer than that since I've had a Zagnut. These cookies didn't taste anything like a Zagnut, but I was so glad to have those memories while I baked!
If you're interested in these tasty little cookies, visit Flourchild's blog. It looks like she had a ton of fun baking these cookies with her daughters, so I guess Honey-Wheat Cookies will hold lots of memories for her, too! Please, don't let the wheat-germ freak you out or turn you away from these cookies. If it hadn't been for TWD, I'd have never made them, but I'm so glad I did! Yum!


  1. I'm so glad you have those memories of time spent with Grandydaddy. I couldn't help but shed a few tears when I read your post. I still miss him so much!

  2. I almost didn't make these cookies because of the wheat germ. I eat wheat germ, just didn't think a cookie made with them would be good. I loved these! Yours look great. Aren't memories of loved ones wonderful. My best friend has been gone 5 years now, but I often think of her and time we shared with fondness.

  3. Thank you for baking along with me this week! Im so happy you like the cookies. I love your story of your Granddaddy..isn't it wonderful to think of them at unexpected times. I think of my grandma when I make a pie, she loved baking pies. I read your interests and I see you like to workout too and bake..of course! And you like to thrift shop..me TOO! I know we would be friends quickly..and my dad grew up on a cattle ranch..in NE!

  4. What a lovely post! Thanks for sharing with us. Your cookies look lovely.

  5. Fun to hear about your childhood memories. Your cookies look perfectly wonderful. I loved these, they were the perfect match with a cup of tea as the lemon and honey were built right into the cookie. What a deal!

  6. Flavored Wheat Germ. I have to find that. Sounds like a great variation. Cookies look great!!

    Love Zagnuts. They still make those???

    My Granny used to drink a small glass bottle of coke every afternoon. I still see her sitting by the window enjoying her ONE coke.


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