Even I have to say I felt a sense of calm, even as stock numbers dropped yet again. It was a day for hope; a day in which we sense a light at the end of the tunnel, even if we can't yet see that light.
I know this inauguration day doesn't provide change or improvements or solutions to unemployment, overseas relations, or failing banks. However, it provides an opportunity for all of those things - and that opportunity is what I think gives us a feeling that it might be worth placing our faith in our government, getting involved, and doing whatever possible we can to recover from the last 8 years.
It was certainly a day worth celebrating.
And what celebration is complete without food?? The "official" inauguration cupcakes featured on the Today show yesterday morning looked absolutely delicious - I had to have one, needed one. I craved chocolate all day long after seeing those moist, decadent, frosted chocolate cupcakes.
Needless to say, I came home from work and baked cookies - but not just any cookies - double chocolate cherry cookies. I planned on making regular chocolate chip cookies...or maybe banana chocolate chip cookies...or maybe coconut...but then remembered the frozen pitted cherries I had hanging out in my freezer - and so a cookie was born. These babies are incredibly rich and by no means need frosting, but if you get the itch, go for it.
Gluten free double chocolate cherry cookies:
The secret to making these ultra-delicious is using frozen, pitted cherries, not dried. Chop them up into quarters or halves (depending on the size of your cherries). Also, just like regular chocolate chip cookies - use room temperature butter (not cold, not melty). If your butter is straight from the fridge, heat it in the microwave for a few seconds at a time, rotating it in all directions until it is perfectly soft.
14 tablespoons butter
1 cup raw (turbinado) sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
add: 2 eggs
1 cup brown rice flour
1 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup sorghum flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Dagoba)
Mix the flour mixture with the butter mixture and then stir in:
1 generous cup chopped cherries
1/2 package chocolate chips (I use Guittard)
Heat oven to 350F.
Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat and drop cookies by the teaspoonful (mine were a bit generous) about an inch and a half apart.
Bake for approximately 16-18 minutes, until cookies are set. Cool a couple of minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Enjoy the chewy, chocolaty heaven!