first things. [almond butter cookies]

18 Sep

The very first first-thing: Thank you to EVERYONE who left very sweet comments on my last post. :) You guys are the greatest. Lots of cyber-hugs for all!

I’m a fan of firsts.

Whether it’s a sentimental attachment to the first book I read (“Are You My Mother?” by Dr. Seuss, in case you’re wondering) or a vivid memory of the first time I met my best friend in high school, they’ve always stuck out in my mind. Firsts are so full of the promise of something new and different, an adventure just over the horizon. They’re just exciting.

This week has been one for firsts as I’ve been moving into my new place for the school year.

We’re the first people to live in these apartments. The first laughs, the first fights, the first parties, the first all-nighters, the first breakdowns will all be on our watch. And it’s certainly comforting to know nobody has ever slept on my mattress. Or done anything else on my mattress. Ahem…

Here are a few of our house-firsts, christenings of the various appliances, etcetera. Along with what they may or may not tell you about my priorities ;)

First item in the refrigerator:

Not even mine, but I so appreciated how perfectly the Disney-themed apple-juice encapsulated my housemates’ general youthful spirit… and my Disney addiction. :)

First thing on my wall:

First thing I cooked on the stove… kind of.

First “gourmet meal” (ha!)

Um… so it turns out that like half of my boxes were filled with canned soup & these things, all of which I bought with my leftover meal points last year. I should probably open a soup kitchen. At any rate, I will be eating these for a few weeks… it happens.

First item on our couch:

My housemate embroidered it. It has polka-dots. I love it. 

And most importantly, the first use of my oven? You get three guesses… and the first two don’t count.

Cookies. Do I really need to interpret this for you?

I made these with a jar of almond butter I need to use relatively quickly before it expires… also found in the massive Hoarders-episode that is my pantry, along with some carob chips with a similar tale. I thought i may have added too much liquid, and while they definitely didn’t turn out as dense and chewy as I originally hoped, their pillowy softness and crisp edges made up for it. The entire (very small) batch was devoured by my mom and I within a day.

Almond Butter-Carob Chip Cookies
by me
Makes 8-12 depending on size

1/2 tablespoon ground flax
2-3 tablespoons hot water
1/4 cup almond butter
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
small pinch of salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
~3 tablespoons carob chips (or to taste)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a cookie sheet.

Stir together flaxseed and water in a small cup or bowl. Set aside and allow to thicken for a few minutes. In a medium bowl, stir together almond butter and sugar. Add in flax “egg”. Stir in other ingredients; if the dough is too thick, add a small amount of water or oil.

Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until edges have set.


Now that my kitchen has begun to be broken in, it’s time for some sleep in my nice, new bed. Tomorrow’s the first day of classes!

What are your favorite firsts?


17 Responses to “first things. [almond butter cookies]”

  1. Haley @ Health Freak College Girl September 18, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    yummm! those cookies look amazing! too bad i live in a dorm and have no kitchen :( oh well i’ll just save it for when i go home for the holidays!

  2. Jess September 18, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    I love the place! it is very cute. and great post! cookies look delicious.

  3. runyogarepeat September 18, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    Happy first day of classes! Almond butter cookies sound like a great way to kick-off a new semester.

  4. debbiecutieface September 18, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    how exciting that you get to be the first to live in that apartment! I love first too :) They’re always memorable, you know?

  5. Mariel (@Marielxox16) September 18, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    ahhh u r genius! i love almond butter! these cookies look awesome, great job! <3

  6. Molly September 18, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    mmm almond butter cookies sounds delicious!

  7. Katy (The Singing Runner) September 19, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    Those cookies look delicious!!!

    Have fun in your new place!!! :D

  8. Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) September 19, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    Yay!! Your cookie recipes are back!!! My fave cookies remain your chocolate pb oat cookies! :D

    I remember the first time I met my bestie too! I had just moved in and she was in her basement watching Beauty and the Beast (your picture reminded me ;) when I went over to meet her. 12 years later and we’re still besties – well, more like sisters. That just proves how awesome Beauty and the Beast is ;)

    And I love your new apartment!! Especially the juice boxes :)

    <3 <3

  9. Tara September 19, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    So your place is pretty freakin’ sweet! It looks so nice. I’m so excited that you made cookies first.. I mean, I really wouldn’t expect any less. I also love that you have the most adorable juice boxes in there!
    My favorite first — or at least what comes to mind now (thanks to your cookies) is the first time I ever tried almond butter. It was a sample at whole foods. So freakin’ good!

  10. Rachel September 19, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    firsts are the best! i’m sentimental about things like that too :) i’m in my first apartment now and it’s so exciting!

  11. Stephanie September 20, 2011 at 4:46 am #

    Your room looks so sweet and of course I hugely support all of the disney everywhere <3
    I love firsts. Like Rachel I'm living in my first apartment and the idea of making something that represented -me- was very, very exciting. (Apparently "me" likes beachy decor and about six billion plants and fluffy throws – who knew?)
    Those cookies look lovely!

  12. Sarah @ studiofood September 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    My first book was also a Seuss – One Fish Two Fish to be precise!

    Cookies and apartment look great!

  13. ahappybalance September 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    Nicole! It’s me Hannah (formally the little college vegan), you are running NW1/2M right?!? We need to go on a training run together and grab some lunch! :)

    Ah, almond butter cookies. Those sound so good!

  14. fashionfitnessfoodie September 20, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    That pillow is so pretty!! i love it.
    i also love the belle picture :)

  15. Kate (What Kate is Cooking) October 4, 2011 at 10:57 pm #

    Your new place is really cute! I love the juiceboxes in the fridge, haha :)

  16. vegansunshine October 6, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    I love your room, it’s cute! :)


  17. MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College January 20, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

    I loved this! Thanks for sharing a bunch of your “firsts” with us :-)

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