Food Musings: The Deception

Deceptively Delicious Cookies Post

When I was a full-time teacher, two of my students would bring me chocolate chip cookies. The cookies were immensely satisfying but there was something intriguing about the texture. They were rich and moist, softer than the usual chewy chocolate chip cookie.

Whenever I saw the twins approaching me with their sandwich bags, I was delighted because I knew they were bringing me a treat! Perhaps you already know where this is going. My students had…deceived me, but the deception was delicious! Well, no. Actually, their mom told me the recipe was from Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld (and a large staff). The twins were bringing me chocolate chip cookies laden with chickpeas!

Murmurings of plagiarism aside, I think it’s a great recipe, even for adults who eat sufficient chickpeas. Not Quite Nigella makes a good point when she mentions that the health benefits of the chickpeas may be compromised by the two cups chocolate, one cup brown sugar, and three-fourths stick of butter in the recipe. You know what? The cookies are delicious and kids are going to want to eat cookies, so why not put something healthy in them? I guess the point is not to get carried away with the Trojan horse desserts.

I’m sure the mom in my class was not relying solely on the desserts. All of the extolling about baked goods on Oprah aside (You can eat doughnuts while dieting!), a body’s got to eat something besides baked goods with confidential vegetables. And of course, eating vegetable purees doesn’t guarantee portion control. (“So, if I mix some carrot puree into this chocolate cake, I can eat the whole thing!!!”) To her credit, Mrs. Seinfeld suggests always putting real vegetables on your child’s plate so that they learn to eat those too.

Rumblings aside, I’m intrigued by several of the recipes. I’m eager to try the chocolate cake with red beets and the macaroni and cheese with cauliflower. However, I’m a grown up and I like my vegetables. Coming soon, Miami Dish will conduct its own taste test with the real experts—call it a validity testing of the experiment on Oprah.

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4 Responses to “Food Musings: The Deception”

  1. August 22, 2008 at 9:40 am #

    They’re great aren’t they-and chickpeas are the last thing that you’d guess were in cookies. The chocolate beetroot cake is pretty good too! Although I found it possibly a bit dry so perhaps best eaten quickly :)

  2. August 22, 2008 at 4:33 pm #

    I’ve made the beet cake from the Moosewood desert cookbook and it came out beautifully dense, moist and rich. Maybe the tiniest hint of beet flavor or color, but nothing you’d notice if you weren’t looking for it. Oprah’s recipe looks like it’s been compromised over health concerns so I don’t know if it will compare, though.

  3. Tami Zamora
    August 22, 2008 at 4:57 pm #

    Hi, Trina. I belong to an organic co-op called Healthy Habits. HH purchases organic produce in bulk from Global Specialty Source. HH’s goal is to offer organic produce at an affordable price. Although the produce is not local (for the most part), it is of high quality. I thought you might want to pass the information to your readers. The more members HH has, the better the purchase power is so HH can order the pricier items and still maintain low prices. They have 4 pick up locations (in Homestead, Coral Gables, Doral and Cutler Bay) and their pick ups are every other Friday from 3 – 5 pm. Their blog is Regards.

  4. trina
    August 22, 2008 at 5:39 pm #

    Bill–Wow that sounds great–I’ll have to try both! You are a cooking machine!

    Tami–Thanks for the info. I will check it out–never heard of that particular co-op before.

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