I am SO excited about this next feature, not only because I hailed from the land of almonds in California, but also because I grew up with this family! We were in 4-H together as well as went to school together. I’ve always had a love of almonds, but it took moving to North Dakota to appreciate the access and abundance I had in California. Typically I just eat almonds by the handful, so coming up with a recipe utilizing them wasn’t the easiest. I decided cookies it was and the white chocolate chips go perfectly in these cookies!
Sohnrey Family Foods
- Who Farms with you?
Sohnrey Family Foods is made up of dad Greg, Grandpa Ivan, Brothers Derek and Alex, cousin Mike, and myself. We all do a little bit of everything from management to paperwork to physical labor.
- What is the hardest part of farming for you?
The long hours during spring planting and fall harvest. Being away from my wife and family so much is tough for all of us. I know you (Jenny) have written about this before and it is very true how difficult it is for everyone involved.
- What crops do you grow?
The crops we grow are almonds, rice, prunes, walnuts, and hay.
- What is the most satisfying part about farming for you?
The most satisfying part of what we do is knowing that all of the work we do to grow these crops goes to feed all the people of the world as well as our local community.
- What is one message you’d like to get across to the general public about what you do?
What we do as farmers is not just grow a crop, we take any and all safety precautions to ensure food safety. Even though our food is not organic, the pesticides we use are safe as long as they are used correctly. We take all of these precautions very seriously because we want our food to be safe for everyone. That is our number one goal!
Thank you so much to the Sohnrey Family for taking the time to answer some questions for me! To find out more about Sohnrey Family Foods, you can find them at their website, you can follow them on Facebook, or even tweet with them on Twitter! You can also purchase some of their flavored almonds (do it!) through their website as well!
If you are a fan of white chocolate and macadamian nut cookies, these will be a hit with you! They aren’t overpowering almond taste and the white chocolate chips pairs perfectly with them! Perfect alternative for those looking for a non-traditional cookie!
- 1 cup almond butter
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup diced almonds
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, beat together almond butter, butter, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract until fluffy.
- Add baking soda and salt. Slowly add flour into creamed mixture until well blended.
- Stir in diced almonds and white chocolate chips.
- You can cover with plastic wrap and refridgerate for up to 30 minutes if needed. Otherwise, form into 1 inch balls and place on baking sheet.
- Bake 12-15 minutes or until cookies are slightly browned.
- Cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Store in airtight container and enjoy!
This post is part of my Thirty Days of Food series where I am writing about food and farming for the entire month of November, to find out more about it all or how to follow along, visit my Thirty Days of Food page or click the photo below to find more great recipes with farmer features!