February 15, 2012

The Love Cookie

Have I mentioned to you guys that Thor and I are closet cookie monsters? Its true. In public we generally make very healthy food choices and never rarely order dessert, but at home, we sit down with with big piles of cookies. Just look at the picture below....

OK, so this was a special occasion... Valentines Day!! Thor came home from work and made me wait in the bedroom while he warmed up some yummy McKenzie River Pizza and set a table with a red table cloth, wine and candles. It was perfect! I took care of dessert by baking up a big batch of these dark chocolate, cherry, almond, oatmeal cookies. Then we snuggled on the couch, watched a romantic movie, drank wine and ate way too many cookies. Bliss.

This cookie might be one of my all time favorites. Chewy, sweet, nutty, chocolatey, vegan, whole wheat... whats not to love???

The Love Cookie

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup Earth Balance
scant 1 cup sugar
scant 1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp tahini, stirred into 1/2 cup almond milk
2 tbsp coconut milk (the canned stuff, not the milk replacement)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract (use all vanilla, if you like)
2 1/2 cups rolled or quick oats
2 cups semi sweet/dark chocolate chips
1 1/2 dried cherries
1 1/2 cups sliced almonds

1. Preheat the oven to 350F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda and powder, and the salt.  Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, beat the Earth Balance and the sugars until creamy. Add the tahini/almond milk mixture, then the coconut milk and the extracts.  Mix well.
3. With your mixer in low speed, add in half the flour mixture, mix well, then mix in the rest of the flour.
4. Stir in the oats, chocolate chips, cherries and nuts. Oil baking sheets or line with parchment paper.
5.  Drop by teaspoon on the sheet and bake for about 13 minutes.
You want them golden brown on the edges, so they stay chewy in the center. 

Cool on baking sheet for at least 1-2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

This makes kind of a lot of cookies... just under 4 dozen for me. Believe it or not we did not eat all of those. I have actually frozen over half the batch so will let you know how they do. Most cookies freeze really well.

I hope you all had a LOVEly valentines day. Love yourself a little and make some of these Love Cookies... 

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