Cookies, Cookies, Cookies…
Who cannot remember and appreciate the nostalgia of the Cookie Monster. One of the Jim Henson characters we grew to love watching on Sesame Street. Always daydreaming or out on the prowl to score his favorite obsession – Cookies. We watched with joyful abandon as he induced himself into a frenzy at their very appearance before greedily gobbling them down.
Like the Cookie Monster, I have always had a deep affinity for these delicious morsels in their every incarnation. Every trip to the grocery store either began or ended with a stroll down the cookie aisle. Ever in pursuit of that special something that would quash the Cookie Monster residing within. My favorites being anything by Pepperidge Farm.
A Cookie Reinvented
I have always harbored a deep fondness for Pepperidge Farm cookies that has had no equal. That is until I got seriously involved with coming up with delicious new ideas that would calm this beast a of sweet tooth I have. This time for good. The inspiration for this cookie recipe came from one Pepperidge Farm calls Tahiti. It is a coconut sandwich style cookie filled with a thin layer of chocolate. This simple and delicious homemade version comes in at 1 net gram of carbs for each cookie.
This recipe is a classic buttery shortbread that crumbles in your mouth much the way a gluten one does. This for me, is what shortbread cookies are all about. That sandy crumble that dissolves in your mouth and turns into a whisper on your tongue. It was this texture that I became obsessed with trying to recreate. Instead of a sandwich style cookie though, I opted for one topped with whipped chocolate ganache and chopped almonds. Texture, texture, texture.
For those of you not in the food and beverage industry, ganache is just a fancy french term to denote a glaze/frosting/filling used for baked goods and truffles. It adds a richly decadent touch that pairs well with this cookie. To give the ganache an unparalleled boost of flavor, espresso powder is added. This little trick amps up the flavor of the chocolate like no other. Let me know what you think. From my kitchen to yours, enjoy and happy low carbing.