There’s something nostalgic about cookies. They bring memories of childhood days, school snacks, and birthday parties with cone hats. A simpler time, when one’s priority was to have fun and not think too hard about the nutritional value of food. Cookies taste good, so they must be good.
The same ideology is shared when it comes to nursery rhymes. Cute and fun on the surface, but not as much to adults. Take ‘Rock-a-Bye Baby’ for example.
On the tree tops,
When the wind blows,
The cradle will rock
When the bough breaks,
The cradle will fall,
and down will come Baby,
Cradle and all.
There are many theories about its meaning. The most innocent is that this song describes a mother rocking her baby to sleep, using the imagery of a tree swaying in a breeze, and “down will come Baby” refers to her lowering the child into the crib.
The creepiest theory is based on a ritual in the 17th century.
When a newborn baby died, the mothers would place the body in a basket and hang it on a tree in case the baby would be resuscitated. “When the bough breaks” could refer the branch breaking under the child’s dead weight. It’s a lovely thing to consider while falling asleep.
Then there’s the iconic ‘Ring Around the Rosie’.
Ring around the rosie,
A pocket full of posy,
We all fall down.
It’s well-known known that this upbeat tune could refer to the Great Plague or the Black Death. Posy in one’s pocket was used to ward off the smell of the disease. The lyric of the third line is reminiscent of the symptoms of coughing or sneezing, with a grand finale of “we all fall down” as that is what happened after. However, some folklore theories reject this idea, so think of it what you will.
A song that I remember singing a lot in my youth was the deceptively cheerful:
It’s raining; it’s pouring.
The old man is snoring.
He went to bed and bumped his head,
And didn’t get up in the morning.
He didn’t what? Was he concussed? Did he die? Does he have no one checking up on him? If so, did they get him to the hospital in time? If not, was he lying there until a realtor came knocking? Is he still lying there as kindergarteners everywhere sing his legacy? Am I reading too much into this? Well, at least I can answer positively to that last question.
Now that we’ve all ruined our childhoods together, let’s get back to something we can still enjoy: cookies. Although growing up comes with health conscientiousness, this recipe brings back the traditional peanut butter cookies with a delightful twist of gluten-free and healthy ingredients. Finally, you can enjoy these as you had in your childhood, without the guilt.
Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1/2 cup tapioca flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix the peanut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, egg, and vanilla in a medium-sized bowl, using a spoon or mixer.
- Slowly incorporate the flours, baking soda, and salt until the dough is just combined and sticky.
- Spoon the dough, about a tablespoon at a time, onto a lined pan. If the dough is too sticky to handle, add some more flour.
- Use a fork to create a criss-cross pattern, dipping the fork into a cup of water in between cookies.
- Bake for about 8–10 minutes until the bottoms of the cookies are nicely browned.
- Cool, and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Makes 20–25 cookies