Many people have that one thing that brings them joy. For senior Caycie Clayton, those are her cookies. Clayton is new to Santa Rosa High School, and making those cookies brings her a sense of familiarity from when she lived in San Francisco.
Now Clayton loves cookies and she enjoys baking them too. Her cookie recipe is inspired by the ‘Cowgirl’ cookies in Arizmendi Bakery that is located in San Francisco. “They are this local little bakery, and they have a bunch of really good cookies,” says Clayton, “They had a gluten free cookie and my mom is gluten free.”
According to Clayton, her family is addicted to sugar which is why they created this recipe in the first place. Because of COVID-19, her family couldn’t go to the barkery, which was heartbreaking because her whole family was addicted to them. “It was heartbreaking because we really wanted them and we had a sugar addiction”, says Clayton, “So we had to recreate them ourselves and we tried through trial and error to get the recipe right. It ended up coming out better than the bakerys’ anyway.”
Originally, Clayton’s mom was the one who came up with the recipe, but her family lost it during their move. “I did the recreating of the recipe. We say mine came out better than hers because I just need to improve upon her all the time.”
To be honest, when Clayton first gave me the recipe, it seemed like something she had engraved in her head. Similar to when you know something by heart, but it’s difficult to write down because you know how to do everything without writing it down. I thought that was great and surprising even because that really shows how often she makes these cookies for her family.
Making these cookies for me was a challenge. These cookies were gluten free and required lots of ingredients that I had never used before. Like rice flour, buckwheat and oat flour for example. I had gone into this expecting that they wouldn’t be the best thing I had ever tried before and honestly, I was going into this being very optimistic, but I was gladly mistaken.
These were one of the best cookies I had ever tried. I had made 2 batches: one with just chocolate chips and the other with chocolate chips, raisins and walnuts. They were soft, fluffy and they reminded me of the cookies they have at the DoubleTree Hotels. They were basically an oatmeal cookie that you could add whatever topping you liked inside. They were amazing.
I appreciate Clayton sharing the cookie recipe, because I can see myself making them again. I highly recommend trying Clayton’s cookies.