Wheat on the left; oat on the right
Sometimes I am an idiot.
English is my native tongue and I have been reading for well over 30 years. But sometimes the pertinent items just slide right past me. Like the time I was sure the invitation said the party started at four only to realize it ended at four.
In this instance, I saw the name of the cookies and a few key ingredients and started to get enthused. I love whole wheat! Had I been paying attention I would have given a little more thought to the combination of lemon zest and honey. Someone said the cookies reminded them of tea with honey and lemon. They were right. I don’t like tea with honey and lemon. In fact, I don’t think I am on the lemon zest love train at all.
I love lemon…when lemon is the star of the show (lemon meringue pie, lemon cake, lemon yogurt…). But I am almost always put off by the addition of lemon zest to non-lemony goods. The lemon flavor is overpowering. I usually leave it out completely or reduce the amount significantly. I did neither. And lived to regret it.
I think I had in my mind that these would be a heartier, spicier cookie. Considering there isn’t one spice listed, I have come to the conclusion that I am an idiot. I liked these OK but not as much as I think I can. I want to love these a little more. So, I am going to play around. Maybe add some orange zest in place of the lemon and throw in some cinnamon or something. I’ll keep you posted.
I actually made two batches, one with wheat bran and one with oat bran. I didn’t have wheat germ on hand. The cookies looked different – the oat bran cookie was smoother. But, the taste difference was negligible. Because I only had the bran, I skipped rolling the cookies in it. That seemed a little much. Next time, I will try with wheat germ.
bottom line: good but could be better (for me). Will tasted one and said, “too much wheat for me.” I left a plate of them in a kitchen at work and left for the day without ever checking back to see if anyone ate them. Who am I kidding? I am sure they were gone. You could put a plate of week old half eaten bagels out around here and someone would grab one.
Next week: coconut custard tart. There are TWO coconut recipes this month. If I make both, you will know I am really dedicated. But don’t be surprised if you see a variation of these cookies one week instead…
The full recipe is Flourchild by Michelle.