With these cookies I could bake me up a husband!Well, one could dream :) But, last time I made these cookies was a little over a year ago on the birthday celebration of my two lovely friends Cassy and Susan. I took leftovers out to the bars and one guy actually professed he wanted to marry me after having one of my cookies. I like to think it was my fine baking skills and not the late night alcohol munchies :) Today the cycling group I've recently started riding with (Sound Cyclists) held their annual picnic in Greenwich. It's kind of an end of the summer celebration even though riding will still continue for the next few months. We had to bring a side dish or dessert and after deliberating over these cookies and this Sweet & Sour Chocolate Bark I decided to go with the simple and delicious Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies. A) Because it was something I could easily whip up and B) when at Fresh Market looking for ingredients for option 2 I realized it was going to be too much of a $ investment for cookies I was giving away to people who were still semi strangers.. Maybe someday I'l give it a try and modify it based on what I have on hand.
These cookies are pretty simple. Because they don't have any sugar (agave nectar instead) or butter (some almond butter) and only use 1 egg white per batch I wouldn't call these decadent cookies. They are a clean eating freak's version of a chocolate oatmeal cookie. But with the cinnamon and nutmeg and of course the DARK CHOCOLATE, these cookies are both tasty, light and versatile! They use Whole Wheat Pastry Flour but I actually recommend Spelt because that's what I had to use for my second batch and I think they actually taste a little better..
|The ingredient line up - can you tell who I think the star of the show is?|
|mmm the dry goods - spices, oats and flour|
|Whisk it good!|
|I liked chopping the chocolate by hand because I think all the chocolate dust makes the cookies even more bold with dark chocolate goodness|
|Voila! Dark Chocolate lover's dream. Note - always remember to spray your tin foil (oops)|
So there you have it, a quick recap of my culinary explorations this weekend. But this weekend was delicious in more ways than one. Today began with a 30 mile ride with the group mentioned above through beautiful, scenic, historic roads in New York and northern Connecticut. Rural here is a lot different from Arkansas. Mostly because that is where you will find the super rich who manicure their massive tree filled yards and stone built walls. But while I risked crashing to gawk at many a castle, the roads here really are beautiful in and of themselves...expect lots of pictures in the fall. So many trees, winding roads and old historical tucked away houses and towns. A cyclists heaven. I think I saw more bikes than cars the first 2 hours of the morning.
Previously, on Sunday, I tried to take a trip to both get errands done and see some beautiful roads. The result was I wasted my entire day, missed lunch and came home with hardly anything to show for it (except these flowers below)
|Here I am Sunday (pre errand failure), fueled by my Soy Iced Chai, excited to adventure forth to explore! (little windy..and I lost my sunglasses)|
And finally, BREAKING NEWS!!! To the limited group who reads this in AR, I look forward to seeing you Sept 30th-Oct 4th (Happy early Bday to me!) So excited to come home during my favorite time of year and finally see my sister, who just got back from France and I haven't seen in 9 months.
Tonight, unless I find myself being called by the couch or the bar down the street, I will be attempting some Black Bean Soup!