Today was the day I promised them would come: we ate crickets. I'm not sure they believed me at the beginning of our six weeks together. But, c'mon, I did feed them durian (click to read about that adventure)...did they really not think I could find some crickets to feed them?!?
So, I packed up my bin of ingredients and tools and planned to have them make cricket chip cookies. That is - chocolate chip cookies with cricket flour. One student asked if I were going to put the whole crickets in them, too. Good idea!!
- ½ C butter
- 2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
- ¾ C organic granulated sugar
- 1/3 C unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¾ C flour
- ¼ C cricket flour*
- ½ t salt
- 1 t baking powder
- 1 t pure vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- crickets for garnish
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place 1 C chocolate chips and butter into a small saucepan. Heat over low heat until everything is melted and smooth.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, flour, cricket flour, salt, and baking powder. Add the egg and fold it in with a spatula. Pour in the melted chocolate-butter mixture and the vanilla extract. Mix until everything is moistened.
Stir in the remaining chocolate chips. Scoop the cookies by the tablespoon onto the parchment-lined baking sheet. Press the crickets into the top of each cookie.
Bake the cookies for 12 to 14 minutes. They will look dull. Remove them from the oven, and cool right on the sheets. Makes approximately 30 cookies.
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