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Maple Oatmeal Cookies

There are some cookies that just get down on their knees and beg to be rewritten.  Not such a tough cookie now, are you?!

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MINE, says Poppet bun.

In an effort to shill their overpriced* maple syrup, Whole Foods included a mere $1 coupon in their latest Whole Deal booklet for the fall, and the marketers also shared a recipe for maple oatmeal cookies.  The recipe calls for 1/2 cup maple syrup, which is a LOT of maple syrup (that’s $2.37 worth of maple syrup–4 fluid ounces–in this recipe).  While TC wanted these cookies, he was also horrified that I’d use that much maple syrup in one go.  Nota bene that I already had some on-sale maple syrup from Safeway to make these cookies, and actually none of the ingredients I used were purchased in the–not one, but two–trips to the WFM in Frisco last weekend.  Neither of the trips were intentional, as I avoid as hard as I can the world’s leading organic grocer (former employee, after all; buy me a kombucha and I will tell you stories).

No, I’m not done hating on WFM!  The recipe, as written, would’ve produced crispy little granola cookies.  If I want granola, I’ll make granola.  Also, it had no leavening.  I’ve been baking cookies by myself for a while (OK, about ten years; Ownie Mom finally told me how to make Miceli Brownies in the latter part of my high school career).  Vegan cookies made without leavening…are probably a bad idea, unless it’s shortbread.  Let’s not uphold that stereotype that vegan cookery is all dense and wet, shall we?

Maple Oatmeal Cookies
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  1. 1/2 cup maple syrup
  2. 1/4 cup canola oil
  3. 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 2 cups GF quick oats
  6. 1 1/2 cups sorghum flour
  7. 1/4 cup tapioca starch (optional for high altitude)
  8. 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  9. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  10. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  11. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  12. 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg (fresh will change your life)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment or Silpats and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together maple syrup, oil, applesauce, and vanilla until uniformly combined.
  4. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together oats, flour(s), xanthan gum, baking soda, and spices.
  5. With the mixer running, add the flour and stir until a cohesive dough forms.
  6. With a wet spoon or cookie scoop, transfer batter to the prepared pans.
  7. Flatten cookie dough balls slightly with your wet fingers or a fork.
  8. Bake for 18-20 minutes, rotating halfway through.
  9. The cookies won't really come up off the pan for you to test if the bottoms are browned because of the sticky syrup. They will crack a little on the top and spring back to the touch when done.
  10. Remove from the oven and let cool on the pans for five minutes before removing to a rack to cool completely.
  1. Grade B maple syrup will also change your life as it's more "mapley" and therefore extra awesome in baked goods.
Adapted from Whole Foods Market Whole Deal Fall 2016
Adapted from Whole Foods Market Whole Deal Fall 2016
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The cookie inspection crew is here.

The cookie inspection crew is here.

Music stuff you should support this week:

16 Volt’s new album is out [already for Indiegogo supporters including yours truly] next week!  Check out The Negative Space for an alternating combination of chill-out and rage tunes. Can’t wait to dive into those lyrics!

This song is made for taking to the club: the music video for Third Realm’s “Dance Like You Wanna Die”  from the album Psychosis is on YouTube, and you should watch it.  Dancing alternative humans and sort-of subliminal messages, people–the stuff re-watchable music videos are made of.

(Alas, there shall be no dancing like we wanna die outside of the gym, as there are no remotely electro-friendly venues in Winter Park!)

*$18.99 USD for 32 fl oz. at WFM versus $12.99 for 32 fl oz. at Costco

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