Friday, February 5, 2010

Greek Yogurt Peanut Butter Cookies

While this world may sometimes seem harsh and cold, I am awed by the selflessness with which even pure strangers have been extending love and support amidst this mysterious injury I've been battling. Truly, I am so blessed - not only because my current medical trials, while uncomfortable, could still be so much worse, but also because of the beautiful gratitude with which I am filled for friendship, an outstretched hand, and the simple ability to take a single step.

I do beg your pardon for continually rambling about my hip - I fear one might think that this blog has deteriorated into The Family Almanac of Medical Maladies. Yet I hope you will indulge me once more, for I at last have some joyous news to share! While my physical condition remains unchanged, I was able to return to employment in a new capacity yesterday... I'm sure you can imagine the financial concerns we've been experiencing, given that I've been unable to work for the past week and a half, but on Wednesday afternoon my boss at the hospital called and offered to let me come work a desk job in the operating room administration, scheduling surgeries and so forth, until I am able to return to my regular position as a nurse, running up and down the hallways of the medical-surgical floor. I simply can't even quite put into words how relieved I am to no longer have to spend every waking moment wondering how we are going to be able to pay our bills. We are so fortunate to be graced with this gift... Now, thanks to the kind understanding of the wonderful hospital where I work, I can simply focus on healing.

In the medical department, on Wednesday as well, Zach called from his current clinical rotation in Internal Medicine to tell me that the doctor with whom he's working would like to examine me, free of charge, in the hopes that he can offer some new insight into my case. Such generosity awes me - the kindness of this physician, who I've never met, but who somehow feels my pain and fear and reaches out a caring hand... Truly, God and his angels are wondrous!

Even though my physical future remains uncertain, I still feel like singing with relief and joy... and I feel like baking cookies for everyone!

These particular cookies grew out of Zach's fondness for peanut butter cookies (which of course results in my desire to bake peanut butter cookies for him on a weekly basis, despite his best attempts to moderate my cookie baking over-enthusiasm) and my recent obsession with Greek yogurt. One day, contemplating the excellence of Greek yogurt as a substitute for cream, I began to ponder the tantalizing possibilities for Greek yogurt as an understudy for butter...

Greek Yogurt Peanut Butter Cookies

3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt
1 cup chunky natural peanut butter
2 egg whites, beaten
2/3 cup raw turbinado sugar
3 T vanilla almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

~ Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
~ Gently stir together the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.
~ Beat the Greek yogurt and peanut butter together until fluffy.
~ Add the egg whites, and beat until well combined and fluffy once more.
~ Add the turbinado sugar, and beat until creamy.
~ Stir in the almond milk and vanilla extract.
~ Using your hands, roll the dough into balls 1" in diameter, and place them on the prepared baking sheets.
~ Bake for 12 minutes - until the cookies are just set and just barely golden brown around the edges.
~ Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets, or serve them warm!


Food Makes Fun Fuel said...

These sound delicious! I wonder if they would work out with a gluten free flour like Almond Meal

Ricki said...

Wow, such generosity and kindness--both of which you totally deserve! Hope the doctor can tell you something new. :)

And those cookies--!! Great idea to sub the yogurt, I bet.

Johanna GGG said...

glad to hear hopeful things afoot and that people are looking out for you - shows you are valued

I can see that greek yoghurt would work in this recipe as peanut butter has enough fat to not need butter so much

MelindaRD said...

I am really gl,ad your boss was able to work something out to allow you to return to work in a different capacity. that really helps not only you, but it shows they care about their employees and it helps employee satifaction all around since your employees feel better knowing one of their own was taken care of. Boy, do I sound like I am working on management skills in a human relations course...with some psychology thrown in. But it's true and I know you must be excited to also not be stuck on your butt at home. Oh, and the cookies sound great. Have a good weekend.

Gina said...

While I am really sorry about your condition and the frustration you must feel, I think you are so fantastic to look at the bright side of things. Now is not the time to have to leave a job due to injury, and you are so lucky your work has provided another option for you, and I'm super excited for you. On that note, I am still praying that you get better and that things get figured out. Keep that positive attitude of yours...and of course keep up the amazing baking and cooking creations! These cookies sound like something I need to make soon. I have to find some wheat free flour first!
Have a good weekend. Keep smiling :)

Gita said...

Glad to hear about your new job...hope things settle down soon :)..Greek yogurt and peanut butter it!

Allie said...

I hope your hip improves very soon!

Bellini Valli said...

Life is definitely taking a turn for the better!!!! I havge always said that if you are generous of spirit it will come back to you 10X over. All the best:D

Kerstin said...

Yay - that's so awesome of the hospital!! I love these lightened up PB cookies too - yum!