my friends are moving to Texas and all I got was this cactus

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I guess it’s a nice cactus. Just doesn’t say much.

I did a little baking last night so Fr. R would have something for his second drive down to Texas. Preheat the oven to 350. First on the list:

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Chickpea & peanut butter cookies.

In the bowl of the food processor, add 1 1/4 C chickpeas, 1/2 C natural peanut butter, 2 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/4 C honey. My sis makes these for my nephew and says 1/4 C honey makes them a bit too sweet, so I just used one heaping tablespoon. I might do 2 next time, so go ahead and add it to taste.

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Process. If it’s too thick, you may need to add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water, one at a time.

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Process until a dough is formed. It’ll be pretty sticky. Transfer it to a bowl,

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add 2/3 C chocolate chips.

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Stir. What does my little nephew think of a cookie dough made with chickpeas??

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He seems to like it. Now,

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Scoop the dough out by the spoonful onto a baking sheet that’s been covered with parchment paper sprayed with oil. I used one spoon for scooping and one for scraping. Then I slightly flattened each cookie.

The recipe said to bake for 13 minutes.

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Well, they seemed way too soft after 13 minutes, like they were going to fall apart. I ended up baking them about 18 minutes, and then they seemed overdone. They had a really weird spongy texture fresh from the oven, but then this afternoon I had one and they seemed more normal (not totally normal, but more normal). I probably shouldn’t have baked them quite so long.

On to the next cookie.

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I did a half recipe of my vegan oatmeal cookies, but I replaced the vanilla with about 1 1/2 Tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate. The rest of the recipe is the same, minus walnuts and raisins (those would be good, too, but I wanted to keep it simple).

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Bake 12 – 15 minutes until they begin to brown. But then I brushed the tops with more orange juice concentrate and popped them back in the oven for a minute or two,

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until they were nice and shiny. The orange and cinnamon are great together.

I made some cupcakes with caramel sauce, I’ll post those later. I suppose right now I should go visit with my friends before they’re gone and all I have left is the cactus (a gift from Z to Fr. R for his office, and for some reason she doesn’t want to take it on the plane).

0 thoughts on “my friends are moving to Texas and all I got was this cactus

  1. What a wonderful friend you are. The cookies look delish, even though I can’t quite wrap my head around chickpea in the batter. Maybe someday you’ll convert me.

  2. This is the first time Z has been featured on a blog- I am so proud of this accomplishment! I will have to add it to his baby book.

    • Awww, yeah, do it 🙂 We ended up eating the chickpea cookies tonight, and everyone liked them. I mentioned that I thought they needed more honey, but apparently nobody else thought so.

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