As the stores are already littered with Valentine’s Day displays, memories come to mind of my childhood ideas about what “romance” meant. Flowers, dinners in fancy restaurants, and, for some bizarre reason, having a date who would appreciate it when I wore pantyhose (I think I associated it with being grown up). And of course the mysterious lover would be attractive, sweet, think I was funny.
I did and up marrying someone I love, who is sweet, beautiful, and has a sense of humour. Sure, flowers and fancy dinners happen sometimes, but the love and romance stems from more than that. Coming home during a stressful week and her playing an album on the stereo that I told her I’ve been thinking of for a while. Picking up her favourite candy when I’m out running errands. Taking the time to learn about and become interested in each others’ hobbies. After nearly a decade, love still isn’t boring. Making cookies for each other helps, too.
These cookies could be described as a cross between chocolate shortbread and a trail mix cookie, with lots of chocolate flavour. Share them with whomever you love.
Double-Chocolate Dream Date Cookies – An original recipe by Agent Minty
- 2/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup white flour
- 2 Tbsp finely grated coconut
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup soft margarine
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp white sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp egg replacer + 2.5 Tbsp water, mixed well
- 1/2 cup chopped dates (cheap ones are fine)
- 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Process rolled oats in a blender or food processor until they are a coarse, uniform flour (think bran flake size).
- Combine oat flour in a bowl with salt, flour, coconut, cocoa, and baking powder.
- Cream together margarine, brown sugar, and white sugar.
- Add in vanilla and “egg” and beat until fluffy.
- Mix in dry ingredients.
- Stir in chopped dates and chocolate chips.
- Drop in 2-Tbsp piles on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for 12 minutes in the middle of the oven, rotating sheets halfway through.
- For best texture, cool completely before eating.