From the “Seemed like a good idea at the time” or the “Some things just shouldn’t be” file:
I made a batch of my favorite oatmeal-chocolate chunk cookies the other day, and thought I could make them a little bit healthier by tossing in a quarter cup of amaranth seeds. Amaranth seeds contain a nearly complete protein and are high in iron and other minerals. Usually I put them in my oatmeal while it is cooking — either raw or popped in a hot dry skillet — or in my favorite whole-grain sunflower seed bread (I’ll post a recipe someday), two places where the seeds will soften.
But adding the amaranth seeds to the cookie dough was a bad idea. They make the cookie look a little more interesting — the amaranth seeds are the small light-yellow dots in the photo below — but cause trouble for the cookie’s texture. Amaranth seeds are tough little things, and can be hard on the teeth and disrupt the cookie’s “cookie-ness”.
My lesson from this experiment: Let cookies be cookies. Save the multigrain concepts for oatmeal and other “wholesome” dishes.
Note: The title of this post was inspired by the title of Langston Hughes’ 1938 poem Let America Be America Again. My plea about cookies, however, is much less righteous and far more frivolous.