Written by: Vilheim Piwowarek
Many of us Westerners find the very idea of eating insects distasteful but we’re in the minority. Insects are eaten in 80% of the worlds countries and for good reason. Insects are numerous, can be easily raised humanely with a small carbon footprint, and are high in protein & low in fat. One can even make flour out of ground up crickets and use it to create all sorts of baked goods that have an extra health benefit. Here is a recipe for some tasty cricket cookies, made with flour you can buy (or perhaps make yourself if you have access to truckloads of crickets or grasshoppers).
Cricket Cookies Recipe
3 cups cricket flour/normal flour mix (or 2½ cups normal flour and ½ cup pure cricket flour)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 sticks softened butter
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
1 tsp almond extract
Optional: 1 cup chocolate chips or topping
Preheat oven to 375°F.
In a bowl, mix the flour(s), baking soda, and salt.
In a separate bowl, add the sugar, butter, and almond extract. Start beating this, then slowly add eggs. Add flour mix and beat until fully combined. You can add chocolate chips/other now or when you set the mix on a pan.
Spoon out the mix onto a standard baking pan. You can size cookies how you like, but one spoon should be sufficient. Also note the bigger you make your cookies the longer they will take to cook. Cook cookies in oven for about 9-10 minutes.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Written by Vilheim Piwowarek, resident entomologist of the DOT Garden. As an insect enthusiast and insectivore, he is very passionate about understanding insect roles in the Garden, alternative pest management, undercutting insect-related misconceptions, and staring at insects for hours at a time. He is starting his Senior year high school.