Jocelyn Delk Adams’s new cookbook, Everyday Grand: Soulful Recipes for Celebrating Life’s Big & Small Moments, focuses on cultivating joy through food—but for this recipe, she calls for a “real-talk moment”: “Sometimes in life, we just ain’t feeling it,” she writes. “We’ve done our affirmations, we smiled our fake-ass smiles in hopes of developing them into authentic ones, and we even wrote in our gratitude journals. But sometimes things just don’t click. The glass doesn’t feel half-full.”
But, she continues, “Guess what? That’s okay. Lean into that moment, and if it means you need a good cry, cry your heart out! If it means you need a day in complete solitude, eating your feelings with a dozen of these gooey, decadent shortbread bars, so be it. Sometimes we need a reset to return to joy. And if an entire pan of these bars goes missing in the process, at least you had a delicious time in the midst of the valley.”
Read our interview with Adams, the brains behind the recipe blog Grandbaby Cakes, on inner joy, celebrating the mundane, and good food.