Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Hemp Seed Cookies (Hemp Hearts from Costco)

Perhaps you've been slightly irritated that the stoners from your past are experiencing the (recently discovered) health benefits of hemp.  At last, we know what has kept all those old rock and rollers alive all these years.

Now, it's possible to experience the health benefits of hemp legally. Costco sells cracked hemp seeds, marketed as hemp hearts, for $14.89 for a 28 oz. bag.

The seed hearts taste like mild black walnuts to me, so I used them in a black walnut cookie recipe. Unfortunately, I'm sure all the sugar and butter negate any positive health effects, but the cookies are good.

Hemp Heart Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup turbinado (or brown) sugar
2 eggs
3 cups white flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup hemp hearts

With a mixer, cream together the butter, sugars and eggs. Add the flour, salt and soda. When mixed well, stir in the heap hearts.

Shape and roll dough into a 2 inch diameter cylinder and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. (I skipped this step and made drop cookies with some of it, and that worked fine.) When ready to cook, slice in 1/2 inch rounds. 

Cook in a 350 degree oven until done, about 15-20 minutes. For smaller cookies, cut in quarters and reduce cook time to 8 minutes.

Bob said that these were good, not great; but he would have eaten another.  Bob is not a cookie person, a cookie person would like these.  

The slogan on the packaging is "Hemp and Happiness."

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