I LOVE VALENTINE’S DAY.
I can practically hear you all groaning. But do you want to know a secret?
And yes, I FREAKING LOVE VALENTINE’S DAY.
I have this odd thing where I delight in other people being in love. Not that I don’t want it for myself too, but I am perfectly content to watch love happen, in a multitude of ways. Holding hands. Roses. Long hugs. Engagement rings. Dancing when there’s no music. Call me weird. I don’t care.
I recently got into a play by my favorite playwright ever (SARAH RUHL UMDUH) and one of my character’s lines is, “Do you ever have the feeling, when you wake up in the morning, that you’re in love but you don’t know with what?” And you know what’s weird? I feel that almost every day. I feel like I’m so full of love I could burst. That’s why I’m almost always happy. I have to hold myself back from hugging people. I don’t know where it came from but I swear I have valentines instead of organs.
So…cookies. They’re rustic and cute. If you’re trying to be super fancy, don’t make these. Make a souffle or something. These are for those with laughter in their hearts :)
makes 2 dozen cookies
1/3 cup non-dairy milk
2 tbsp ground flax seeds
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1. Preheat your oven to 350º and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the milk, flax seeds, canola oil, sugars and vanilla until smooth. Sift in the remaining ingredients (not including chocolate chips) and stir until a dough forms. Fold in the chips.
3. Roll the dough into about 1 1/2″ balls and place them on the cookies sheets, at least 2″ apart in case of spreading. Bake for about 10 minutes- they will still feel soft and gooey to touch, but trust me, they firm up as they cool.