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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!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Updates!!

After a long break, I'm back!  I've been finishing up a lot of projects around here lately (Cleaning out Z's closet! Getting rid of tons of books and magazines! Decluttering the craft room! Making stuff!) and starting on some new ones.  (Did I mention that I'm pregnant with baby #2, a little boy due in early August? :) That's a long term project for sure!)  Things have been a lot easier this time around, but still had a few weeks of on-and-off sickness.  Now, I'm getting my energy back, and things are starting to get back to normal.

15 weeks!


Zephyr is really into fish and all things aquatic right now, so one day I designed and sewed her a big cuddly goldfish.  I am most proud of the fins with the line details!


 It fits right in with all of her other sleeping toys.  :) (She fell asleep with her hand in a unicorn puppet there.  We both thought it was pretty funny!) (and yeah, she likes sleeping on the floor, little weirdo.  Getting her a big girl bed soon though!)


After many many moons, I finally finished my quilt!! It's a big lap quilt, so not big enough for a bed or anything, but I'm really happy with it!


Some handsewn details


And a heart in the middle!