“Oatie Nib Cookies“
– 22 Good Sized Crunches of Heaven-
I love oatmeal. I love a sweet treat. And goodness, I love texture. And suddenly, I had a revelation! Why not use our crunchy, unabashedly enticing leftover cocao nibs to add just the right crunch to cookies?! (Note to readers: before editing this blog I realized I accidently wrote ‘add just the right CRUNK to cookies. These are things no one ever knows).
And thus, the oatmeal nib cookie was born! Before we embark on the recipe (and I know, if you’re like me, you’re ignoring these first few paragraph babbles) but I wanted to give a quick blog to Dandelion Chocolate out in California. While working at a local coffee shop I had the pleasure of encountering these little bits of crunchy heaven. They were so good, Will and I ordered a bag and had it sent to us in the mail. I will spare you my pretending-to-be-super-cool-on-wordpress and quote Dandelion directly on the natural flavor attributes of the bean (and boy is there!), “Our Madagascar bar’s crazy fruit notes are present even straight from the bean, but here they show an acidic bite punctuating the nuttier undertones.” So, there ya have it. And it animates these cookies in a way that no amount of walnuts or raisans can!
The Big Schtuff
1/2 cup of Dandelion Chocolate Cocao Nibs
1 cup wheat flour and 1/2 cup all purpose (variations of this would turn out fine)
1/2 cup ground flax (or not. or more. but it gives you some Omega 3)
1/2 cup butter (that’s a giant stick of fat thrown in a bowl & melted in microwave)
1/4 cup honey (in place of 1/2 cup white sugar)
2/4 cup applesauce
1 egg (or eggwhite? haven’t tried that yet)
1 cup peanut butter chips (or whatever you want)
The Not-So-Big Schtuff
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 3/4 teaspoon vanilla (or however much you want it to taste like vanilla)
1/2 teaspoon of apple pie spice (which really means some clove or nutmeg or allspice or pumpin or or or)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1- Preheat to 375 (I preheat to 389 because my oven hates me)
2- Grease a cookie sheet or use a super cool silpat
4- Not as big bowl for the ‘wet’ stuff: butter, brown sugar, vanilla, honey, egg, applesauce<–Stir
5-Drop wet stuff into dry stuff and mix
6-Drop them on your baking sheet, however big you want (I made 12 1st round, 10 the second)
7-Service with Almond Milk.
8-Eat them all in one day.
Seriously, the best. I’m gonna fatten’ up William Head.