I have an untamed sweet tooth. I’ve learned that in some of life’s darker moments, strength can be found in a bag of Skittles and a smoothie. Many moons ago, the best cure for my morning sickness was a cherry Slurpee. So it isn’t a surprise to anyone around here that a summer flu necessitates cookies consumption.
“But,” you say, “where in the world will you find a cookie that’s good for the flu?”
Well, I had that very same question. Fortunately, my good friend Google came to the rescue. When I typed in “Flu Cookie Recipe,” my reward was:
That’s right! You, too, can eat cookies and combat the flu!
Well, in all fairness, the idea is that the cookies have things like ginger, cranberries, and yogurt that have immune boosting qualities. By the time you have the flu, it may be a bit late for those ingredients to do their work. This means it’s quite likely that the best solution is to eat these (and other) cookies all the time.
Google, my friend, where would the world be without you?
The recipe I used was modified just a bit from the Food Network recipe for Flu Fighter Cookies. They’re so good that it would be a disservice to cookies everywhere if we were to focus only on their flu fighting qualities. They smell like fall, require dried fruit, and combat the flu, so I’m calling them Fookies!
Fookies: The Flu Fighting Cookies
recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies
- 2-¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon cloves
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup Earth Balance
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed mixed with 6 tablespoons hot water
- ¼ cup molasses
- ¼ cup vegan vanilla yogurt
- 1 heaping tablespoon lemon zest
- ½ cup quick oats
- 1 heaping cup golden raisins (divided)
- 1 heaping cup craisins (divided)
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
You’ll be preheating your oven to 375, but don’t worry about that quite yet.
Take your vegan margarine (I used Earth Balance) out and put it on the counter to soften it. Whisk together the ground flaxseed and water. Line two cookie pans with parchment paper. Now, grab two large bowls, one smaller bowl, your mixer, measuring cups and spoons, a rubber spatula, and, if you’re sick, start thinking about someone in the room who is strong and sympathetic. Anyone who owes you a favor or is easily wooed by flu-born crankiness and a pasty complexion will be perfect.
In bowl number one, mix together your flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
In bowl number two, beat the butter and brown sugar until it is completely blended. Take your bowl of whisked flax and water and add it, then mix until blended. Now add the molasses, vegan yogurt, ginger, and lemon zest and mix all of this until it is a uniform consistency.
Mix the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, adding the dry to the wet about a ½ cup at a time. It will start to become a pretty dense batter by the end. This is where you grab a sturdy mixing spoon and either harness your super powers or entice someone special into stirring in the last few ingredients.
Fold in the oats first. Then add ½ cup craisins, ½ cup golden raisins, and the walnuts. In a separate bowl, mix the remaining ½ cup craisins and ½ cup golden raisins. Set aside.
At this point, the batter will look like fall and remind you that soon, despite what it feels and looks like, it won’t be in the 90s every day in California.
Put the batter into the refrigerator to chill. Now is the time to preheat your oven and eat the rest of that container of vegan vanilla yogurt while thinking happy thoughts about the four remaining months of 2014.
After ten minutes, take the batter out of the fridge and use a tablespoon to measure and drop the cookie batter onto the parchment paper. Press fruit from the craisins/raisins bowl on top of each cookie.
Bake the cookies about 12 minutes. They are soft cookies, so be careful not to overcook them.
Now if anyone asks you what vegans eat when they’re sick, you have the answer. We eat cookies!
Prop your feet up, pour yourself some ginger ale, and savor your cookies and the balmy end of summer weather because none of it will last: not this moment, the weather, the flu (thank goodness!),