I am about to share somethin’ kind of embarrassing.
And the thing I am going to say won’t be very shocking either.
I hoard food.
And when I find something new I like, well, I buy as much as I can of the stuff.
Just in case,
You never know.
They could stop making it.
Or, um, there could be a zombie apocalypse.
Just so you know, each of those sentences caused a tightness in my chest.
I first bought some Wondra to add to my Momma’s Goin’ Out Crockpot Chicken that I make for my family. Wondra is a special type of flour that does not clump when added to a recipe. It is very fine. This makes it perfect for gravies.
I had never heard of it before last year. And I really cannot remember how I first heard of it. But if I were to guess, I would guess
my best friend t.v.
I found it, of all places, on Walmart.com. And I assumed since I had never heard of it, well, they must not carry it at any of my local grocery stores. Of course, I did not check. Because when you are online shopping, everything is justifiable.
So, I bought five containers of it.
As one does.
When they are a hoarder.
Or watch too much “Walking Dead.” Because if there was a zombie apocalypse, the first thing one would seek out would be non-clumping flour.
I wanted free shipping with that order, so I added some snack items to the mix to make my food order come to $50.
And I waited.
And Walmart shipped my small food order in four different huge boxes.
And my husband thought I was crazy.
More than usual.
As my food. From. Walmart. Arrived. In several boxes at the door.
I do have a point, I swear.
Anyhoo, the other day I was making chocolate chip cookies from this recipe. And I ran out of regular flour. I guess my hoarder side did not recognize that this was a possibility. The shame. I ran out of flour right as I needed it to add to my cookie recipe.
So, I checked my pantry. And I saw my Wondra.
I added 1 1/3 cup of Wondra and 1 cup of regular flour (all that remained of my stash).
And I baked my cookies.
The cookies were good. I could not tell the difference.
The next day, when I pulled a cookie from the cookie platter I usually keep them in. And the cookie… It was still soft! My dears, this never happens! My cookies always get hard overnight.
The next day… Still soft!
I made the cookies again. And it was the same occurrence. By substituting a little over half of the real flour with Wondra, my cookies kept their original fresh-out-of-the-oven texture!
It is a miracle.
I had to share.
It’s The Little Things: Soft Cookies!
Have you heard of Wondra? Have you tried it? In cookies? Who knew?
My cookie recipe available in the link above uses 2 1/3 cups of flour. I tried the Wondra trick a few days later substituting 1 cup of Wondra and using 1 1/3 cup real flour. The cookies were still softer than usual, but you definitely need the first ratio of 1 1/3 cup Wondra and 1 cup regular flour. Although, if you like your cookies really flat, than the one cup of Wondra was a perfect amount. They just were not as soft the next day.
The cookies made using the Wondra flour also seem to take less time to bake. So make sure you watch them so they do not burn.
And just so you know, the other day my husband and I were shopping together at the grocery store. He nudged me and said, “Hey! Isn’t that Wondra? The Wondra that you said was only available online? And now we have a whole shelf filled with it?”
I ignored the question. I ignored the little blue containers staring accusingly at me from the shelf. I ignored the other accusing stare as well.
Yea. You can probably find this in your grocery store. And you probably don’t need to hoard it.
* this post is not affiliated with or sponsored by Wondra. I just like to write about products that I enjoy using. As with any product I review, your experience with it might vary. : )