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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Coconut Cherry Brownie Cookies



Do you feel the need for chocolate cookies, but are out of chocolate chips?  These cookies will make it all better. :) (and they are semi-healthy too)

Coconut Cherry Brownie Cookies
(adapted from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero)

1/2 c. unsweetened coconut "milk"- the beverage kind, not the canned stuff
2 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
1/2 c. melted coconut oil
3/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. coconut extract
1 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. + 2 Tbsp. whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 c. cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
 (full disclaimer: I was out of baking soda, so I did 1 1/4 tsp. of baking powder and omitted the salt)

1/2 c. sweetened coconut flakes
1/2 c. dried sour cherries
1/4 c. cocoa nibs

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These are cocoa nibs.  They added a bit of crunch and healthiness to otherwise delicious cookies. Kind of expensive, but I've stored this container of them in my freezer for over a year, and they are still good!

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350* and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut milk and the flax seeds.  Mix.  Then slowly pour in the melted coconut oil while mixing.  (I used my stand mixer instead of a whisk because I didn't trust the coconut oil to stay liquid, but it did just fine!)

Add the extracts and sugar.  Then using a sifter (fun!) sift in the flours and cocoa powder.  Lastly, add the baking powder/soda/salt.  Once it is all incorporated, add in the cherries, coconut, and cocoa nibs.

These cookies spread a lot, so try not to put them too close together.  (Cookies that stick together always remind me of a scene in this old show called Steven Banks Home Entertainment Center.  It was so funny and not on DVD anywhere, but I did find it on youtube! I was also lucky enough to meet him once with Joyce when I lived in LA.  She knew him because he used to do the show live at the playhouse!  But I digress...)  These cookies are super soft and almost brownie-like (hence the name). Bake for 13 minutes and enjoy!

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