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wonderful cookies

I shared this recipe on my website over six years ago. I still have not tasted a cookie that approached these really delicious, relative nutritious ones. I remember a road trip where I lived on these for the entire drive from sunrise to sunset. I am hankering to make a batch … well mostly to consume a batch, but the one normally has to precede the other.

I notice I do not have any photographs of these jewels. I will return to this post and add the photo after I get a chance to see one.

Here is the recipe as I published it in January 2014.

Some time back when my metabolism allowed me to make and savor cookies without having to change pant sizes, I evolved this recipe over a two-year period. Here I introduce the modestly named cookie:

Dad’s Universally Acknowledged Greatest Cookies Ever Created

1 1/4 cups (2 ½ sticks) Horizon unsalted organic butter
1/2 cup Sucanat or evaporated cane juice
3/4 cup brown cane sugar (packed)
2 fresh organic eggs from range chickens
1 tbs Cooks organic vanilla
2 1/4 cups organic whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp evaporated sea salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 cups quick oats
1 cup raw, unsalted, organic nuts, chopped fine (almonds, walnuts, cashews …)
3/4 cup (9 oz. pkg) Sunspire organic chocolate chips, frozen

preheat oven to 375
soften butter to or near melting (leave in sun or warm place for an hour or two)
place butter and sugars in mixing bowl and cream until light and smooth
add eggs and vanilla and beat in
in a separate bowl, mix flour, soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg
add to batter and mix well
mix in oats and nuts
add frozen chocolate chips and mix just until distributed evenly
scoop with serving spoon into left hand and make golf-ball sized dough balls
plop onto cookie sheet leaving at least their width between ‘em
bake at 375 for 11 minutes (maybe shorter if your cookies are smaller than mine)
cool on cookie sheet for 12 minutes, transfer to cooling rack for another 10

If you are forced to make substitutions you will probably end up with merely good cookies.

Of course tasters who haven’t enjoyed Dad’s Universally Acknowledged Greatest Cookies Ever Created will probably find them the best cookies they’ve ever had, but those in the know will only smile graciously and express polite platitudes regarding the results of your hard work.

Try to avoid making a meal out of them alone as they only represent 2 of the food groups.
However, with one serving each of fruit and vegetable,,,viola! Balanced diet!
Say, for example, a strawberry milkshake and a sprig of parsley.